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Nestle Children’s Book Prize winners announced

Matt Haig reading from Shadow ForestThis prestigious and popular prize, now in its 23rd year, celebrates the nation's best children's books and is voted for by children themselves, from a list selected by experienced judges including Julia Eccleshare (chair) Jane Ray. Keith Gray and Joel Ricketts.

At a packed award ceremony at the British Library hosted by children's TV presenter Michael Absalom, children representing the thousands who read, discussed and voted, presented the awards to the winners.

In the under five category the winning book was When a Monster is Born by Sean Taylor and Nick Sharratt, while the six to eight years category was won by Ottoline and the Yellow Cat by Chris Riddell, the artist featured on the cover of the Winter 2007 issue of The School Librarian. Finally, in the nine to eleven years section the winner was Shadow Forest by Matt Haig.

Sam Fulton from Nestlé said: "I'd like to thank the thousands of schoolchildren who took part in this year's Nestlé Children's Book Prize and especially our young judges who worked so hard to choose the winners. We are delighted to have been able to work with them to recognise the best of British children's fiction in this way".

The prize is administered by Booktrust, an independent charity which promotes books and reading.

Nestlé Children's Book Prize 2007 full results:

Books for 9 to 11 year olds:
Gold - Shadow Forest by Matt Haig (Bodley Head)
Silver - Catcall by Linda Newbery (Orion Children's Books)
Bronze - Here Lies Arthur by Philip Reeve (Scholastic Children's Books)

Books for 6 to 8 year olds:
Gold - Ottoline and the Yellow Cat by Chris Riddell (Macmillan Children's
books)
Silver - Ivan The Terrible by Anne Fine (Egmont Press)
Bronze - Little Mouse's Big Book of Fears by Emily Gravett (Macmillan Children's Books)

Books for five years and under:
Gold - When a Monster is Born by Sean Taylor and Nick Sharratt (Orchard Books)
Silver - Penguin by Polly Dunbar (Walker Books)
Bronze - Dexter Bexley and the Big Blue Beastie by Joel Stewart (Doubleday)

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