The CBC is proud to host the annual Eleanor Farjeon Award, which recognises an outstanding contribution to the world of children’s books by an individual or organisation. Librarians, authors, publishers, teachers, reviewers and others who have given exceptional service to our industry are eligible for nomination. CBC members nominate suitable candidates and then vote for the winner. The award ceremony itself is an enjoyable evening, with the winner’s acceptance speech being a particular highlight.
The award was established in memory of Eleanor Farjeon (1881-1965). Though best known for her hymn "Morning Has Broken," later recorded by Cat Stevens, she is also beloved as the author of Elsie Piddock Skips in her Sleep, Martin Pippin in the Apple Orchard, Nursery Rhymes of London Town, and The Little Bookroom, which won the prestigious Hans Christian Andersen Award and the Carnegie Medal. Her poetry still appears in anthologies, with such favourites as "Mrs Malone","Cats" and "It was Long Ago" often included; while "Kings & Queens" written in collaboration with her brother, Herbert Farjeon, is still a best-seller. While Eleanor Farjeon was the first recipient of the Regina Award of the American Catholic Library Association, she did turn 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.
PREVIOUS WINNERS AND NOMINEES
Little Angel Theatre
Polka Theatre WINNER
The Story Museum
Guest speaker at the Award Ceremony: Lyn Gardner
David Almond WINNER
Little Angel Theatre
National Literacy Trust
Guest speaker at the Award Ceremony: Nicolette Jones
2012 Nominees Quentin Blake WINNER Discover Story Centre Nicolette Jones Michael Morpurgo Tales on Moon Lane Guest speaker at the Award Ceremony: Shirley Hughes (EF winner in 1984) Award accepted on Quentin Blake’s behalf by Emma Chichester Clark 2011 Nominees Philippa Dickinson Federation of Children’s Book Groups WINNER Ferelith Hordon John Newman Volunteer Reading Help Guest speaker at the Award Ceremony: Geraldine McCaughrean 2010 Nominees David Almond Booktrust Michael Morpurgo National Literacy Trust Seven Stories WINNER World Book Day Guest speaker at the Award Ceremony: William Nicholson 2009 Nominees Moira Arthur WINNER Ros Bartlett (of FCBG) IBBY Anne Marley (of the Branford Boase Award) Gill and John McLay Unicorn Theatre The Reading Agency Guest speaker at the Award Ceremony: David Fickling 2008 Nominees Chris Brown WINNER Elizabeth Hammill and Mary Briggs (founders of Seven Stories) Michael Morpurgo David Wood Guest speaker at the Award Ceremony: Meg Rosoff 2007 Nominees Eileen Armstrong (of the School Libraries Association) Jane Nissen WINNER The Polka Theatre Seven Stories Jo Williams and Marianne Adey (of the Red House Book Awards) 2006 Nominees Wendy Cooling WINNER Unicorn Theatre (others unknown) 2005 Nominees Sharon Berry Malorie Blackman WINNER Dick Bruna Kimberley Reynolds