‘Message in a Sock’ wins children’s book award
Picture book Message in a Sock (Kaye Baillie, illus by Narelda Joy, MidnightSun) has won a Northern Lights Book Award for children’s books that ‘excel in aesthetic and literary qualities with an emphasis on permanency’.
Awarded in the historical category, Message in a Sock is based on a true exchange between Lance Corporal A McDougall and a young girl who, with her mother, knits socks for the soldiers during World War I.
The judges said: ‘Out of hundreds of outstanding entries from around the world, your book stood out. The judges are confident Message in a Sock will stand the test of time and children will be enjoying your work for generations to come.’
Publisher Anna Solding said: ‘Message in a Sock continues to spread joy to readers around the world. I am so proud of the collaborative effort that Baillie and Joy put in to create this visually stunning collage-style picture book.’
The Northern Lights Book Award accepts submissions from around the world, and seeks to recognise books ‘that will leave a lasting impression, ones which will resonate with the reader not only now but in years to come’.
To see the full list of 2019 winners, see the website.