Monday, 11 July 2011

Rotherham Children's Book Awards - A WIN for CHIPS!

Last week, Leigh Hodgkinson and I were lucky enough to be invited to the Rotherham Children's Book Awards. Our book, Don't Dip Your Chips in Your Drink, Kate! was shortlisted along with two other picture books. We didn't expect to win, since we were competing with Julia Donaldson / Lydia Monks with What the Ladybird Heard, and Judith Kerr's A Night at the Zoo.

The event took place in a cavernous hall at Magna Science Park, in Rotherham. We spent the afternoon meeting children and teachers, signing books and "eating" some rather delicious looking felt cup-cakes!

Towards the end of the afternoon, we gathered with baited breath to hear the announcements of the Picture Book and Young Fiction awards and guess what?! We WON!!

Leigh and I climbed onto the stage rather shell shocked and each received one of these beautiful trophies!

So, here's a big THREE CHEERS for the children of Rotherham, especially those who voted for us. You ROCK!

Thanks also to Natalie Tamasi and her team at Rotherham Borough Council who organised the event.


  1. Congratulations again Caryl and Leigh! It was lovely to meet you both at Rotherham and get a sighed copy of Don't Dip Your Chips ! Such a fun story and beautifully illustrated - our little nephew and neice are going to love it!

    Love Cathryn xo

  2. Ahh, thanks Cathryn. It was lovely to meet you too. Readers... you can visit Catheryn's blog here: