Arree Chung wins Children's Book Award 2019

Lucy Nathan
News - Prizes Monday, 10 June 2019

Tom Palmer and Eoin Colfer win their categories

Arree Chung has been named the overall winner of the Children's Book Award 2019 with his book Mixed, which also won the Books for Younger Children category. Mixed, which Chung both wrote and illustrated, is a picture book about confronting discrimination and embracing differences.

Tom Palmer won the Books for Older Readers category with Armistice Runner, while The Dog Who Lost His Bark, written by Eoin Colfer and illustrated by PJ Lynch, was named winner of the Books for Younger Readers category.

The Children's Book Award is owned and co-ordinated by the Federation of Children's Book Groups, and voted for by children. Past winners have included JK Rowling, Malorie Blackman, Michael Morpurgo and Patrick Ness.

Chung said: "I am so honoured that Mixed has won the picture book category and the overall Children's Book Award! This award means so much to me because the voting is done entirely by children. It touches me to know that the message of diversity, acceptance and love has resonated with the hearts of the youth in the UK. The world indeed is a colourful blend of people and culture."

Books for Younger Children
Mixed by Arree Chung (Macmillan Children's)
The Last Chip: The Story of a Very Hungry Pigeon by Duncan Beedie (Templar)
The Wondrous Dinosaurium by John Condon and illustrated by Steve Brown (Maverick)
What Do You Do if Your house Is a Zoo? by John Kelly and illustrated by Steph Laberis (Little Tiger)

Books for Younger Readers
Funny Kid Stand Up by Matt Stanton (HarperCollins Children's)
Mr Penguin and the Fortress of Secrets by Alex T Smith (Hodder Children's)
The Dog Who Lost His Bark by Eoin Colfer and illustrated by PJ Lynch (Walker)

Books for Older Readers
Armistice Runner by Tom Palmer (Barrington Stoke)
The Light Jar by Lisa Thompson (Scholastic)
The Storm Keeper's Island by Catherine Doyle (Bloomsbury)

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