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Malorie Blackman wins Eleanor Farjeon Award

Malorie Blackman was last night announced as the winner of this year's Eleanor Farjeon Award. This is awarded to an individual in recognition of their distinguished contribution to the world of children's books. The winner is chosen from nominations from members of the Children's Book Circle. Past winners have included Jacqueline Wilson, Philip Pullman and Julia Eccleshare.

Eleanor Farjeon (1881-1965) grew up in England in a house filled with books, and she and her brothers enjoyed reading stories to one another and writing their own. In America, Farjeon's best-known work may be the hymn "Morning Has Broken," later recorded by Cat Stevens, but in her native country she is beloved as the author of Elsie Piddock Skips in her Sleep, Martin Pippin in the Apple Orchard, and, of course, The Little Bookroom. Farjeon was pleased when The Little Bookroom won the prestigious Hans Christian Andersen Award and the Carnegie Medal, but she turned down another honour - Dame of the British Empire - explaining that she "did not wish to become different from the milkman." At her death, the Children's Book Circle established the Eleanor Farjeon Award in her honour.

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