The Eleanor Farjeon Award

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 the award. The 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.


2018 – Michael Morpurgo
Guest speaker at the Award Ceremony: Michael Foreman

2017 – Keats Community Library
Guest speaker at the Award Ceremony: Anne Harvey, executor of the Eleanor Farjeon Estate 

 – John Agard 
Guest speaker at the Award Ceremony: Anne Harvey, executor of the Eleanor Farjeon Estate

2015 – Terry Pratchett
Award accepted on Terry Pratchett’s behalf and keynote speech given by Rob Wilkins 

2014 – Polka Theatre 
Guest speaker at the Award Ceremony: Lyn Gardner

 – David Almond
Guest speaker at the Award Ceremony: Nicolette Jones

2012 – Quentin Blake 
Guest speaker at the Award Ceremony: Shirley Hughes (EF winner in 1984)
Award accepted on Quentin Blake’s behalf by Emma Chichester Clark

 – Federation of Children’s Book Groups 
Guest speaker at the Award Ceremony: Geraldine McCaughrean

2010  Seven Stories
Guest speaker at the Award Ceremony: William Nicholson

2009 – Moira Arthur
Guest speaker at the Award Ceremony: David Fickling

2008 – Chris Brown
Guest speaker at the Award Ceremony: Meg Rosoff

2007 – Jane Nissen

2006 – Wendy Cooling

2005 – Malorie Blackman

2004 – Jacqueline Wilson, author

2003 – Miriam Hodgson, editor

2002 – Philip Pullman, author

2001 – Amelia Edwards, art director

2000 – Julia Eccleshare, journalist

1999 – Klaus Flugge, publisher and founder (Andersen Press)

1998 – Gina Pollinger

1997 Michael Rosen, author

1996 – Books for Keeps

1995 – Helen Paiba

1994 – Eileen Colwell

1993 – Susan Belgrave

1992 – Stephanie Nettell

1991 – Patricia Crampton

1990 – Jill Bennett

1989 – Anna Home

1988 – National Library for the Handicapped Child

1987 – Valerie Bierman

1986 – Judith Elkin

1985 – Bob Leeson

1984 – Shirley Hughes

1983 – Jean Russell

1982 – Aidan Chambers and Nancy Chambers

1981 – Margaret Marshall and Virginia Jensen

1980 – Dorothy Butler

1979 – Joy Whitby

1978 – Peter Kennerley

1977 – Elaine Moss

1976 – Joyce Oldmeadow and Court Oldmeadow

1975 – Naomi Lewis

1974 – Leila Berg

1973 – Eleanor Graham

1972 – Janet Hill

1971 – Margaret Meek

1970 – Kaye Webb

1969 – Anne Wood

1968 – Brian Alderson

1967 – Jessica Jenkins

1966 – Margery Fisher



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