I was so proud to go to the Arsenal Emirates Stadium this afternoon, for a vey special ceremony, with hundreds of local Islington school children – the first ever Islington Primary Schools Book of the Year Award!
Created by the amazing team at Islington Libraries, using a road map reading ladder, this prize has got thousands of children reading dozens of truly amazing books. And I got to meet some of the amazing authors also shortlisted at the ceremony today – Pamela Butchart, Shane Hegarty, and Susan Moore! Pamela won, deservedly so, for her brilliant “Attack of the Demon Dinner Ladies” – which is also illustrated by Thomas Flintham who illustrated The Wild Books.
It was particularly special for me as until two years ago, I had lived in Islington all my adult life, and all of the Wild books were written there – just a few minutes away from the Stadium!