I’m sure you’ve had times when amidst a book you feel tingles of delight and wonder spin about you? Isn’t it magical? Only great books can do that. When I first opened ‘A Child of Books‘ I felt tingles. The undulating waves of words from great classics that transport the reader, and this reader, through the story, are glorious.

I felt warrior wonder when I read ‘The Wolves of Currumpaw‘. My feelings led me to an afternoon of exploring beyond the story, to research the Seton family, Seton institute of New Mexico, before rereading ‘Shackleton’s Journey’, William Grill’s first title, and tracking the further stories of Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’ crew. That’s what reading can do!

To learn that both books have won this year’s Bologna Ragazzi awards, brings huge delight.  ‘A Child of Books‘ by Oliver Jeffers and Sam Winston (Walker Books)http://bookwagon.co.uk/product/a-child-of-books/ is the fiction winner, while William Grill has won the non-fiction award for ‘The Wolves of Currumpaw‘ (Flying Eye).http://bookwagon.co.uk/product/the-wolves-of-currumpaw/ The Opera Prima award winner is another British writer- Emma Lewis with ‘The Museum of Me’ (Tate Publishing). The Opera Prima is awarded to best newcomer.

Picture books offer an unparalleled reading opportunity. The winning titles this year demonstrate this in abundance. Bravo Bologna on superb choices!

https://www.theguardian.com/childrens-books-site/gallery/2016/may/13/william-grill-the-wolves-of-currumpaw-sketchbooks

http://bookwagon.co.uk/2017/01/20/the-wonder-of-william-grill-seton-and-shackleton/

http://bookwagon.co.uk/2017/01/19/oliver-jeffers-is-orange-juice-with-the-taste-and-vigour/

 

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