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Booktrust Storytime Prize

23rd Nov 19

Cyril and Pat by Emily Gravett has won the 'BookTrust Storytime Prize', a new award to celebrate the best books for sharing with babies and children aged 0-5. It is run in partnership with the Youth Library Group.

The full shortlist included:

- Billy and the Beast by Nadia Shireen

- Cake by Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet

- Amazing by Steve Antony

- Little Owl, Little Owl, Canít You Sleep by Jo Lodge

- Hat Tricks by Satoshi Kitamura

- If All the World Were by Joseph Coelho and Allison Colpoys

- Cyril and Pat by Emily Gravett

Over the 2019 summer holidays, the seven shortlisted books were shared with hundreds of children, carers and families by public librarians from across the UK, organised in partnership with the Youth Library Group, to find the best book for sharing.

Emily Gravett, author and illustrator, said, "Wow! I'm SO excited that Cyril and Pat has won the very first BookTrust Storytime Prize. I'm doing a little dance right now (but may have stopped by the time you read this - I'm not that fit!), but I promise I shall still be dancing on the inside.

"When I imagine my books out in the world, I like to imagine them being shared, whether that's as part of a cosy bedtime, or in a classroom or library group, so I'm extra proud that Cyril and Pat has won a prize whose very ethos is to find the best books for sharing. Hurrah!"

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