The Federation of Children’s Book Groups is delighted to announce that it has won the 2011 Eleanor Farjeon Award. The Eleanor Farjeon Award is coordinated by the Children’s Book Circle and is given to individuals or organisations that have been deemed to have made an outstanding contribution to the world of children’s books. The award is a great honour for the Federation, its members and its National Executive.
At a ceremony in London the Children’s Book Circle and Anne Harvey, from the Eleanor
Farjeon estate, presented the £200o gift to Chair Adam Lancaster. In his acceptance speech Adam spent time passionately talking about the work that everyone in the charity is involved in. This ranged from groups running numerous events in their localities with a number of partners to the national executive working as an umbrella providing opportunities for a whole host of events to take place.
Adam, who is also founder of National Non-Fiction Day, explained the Federation’s past and thanked all the people over the years that played a part in creating hundreds of thousands of readers. ‘Everyone involved in the Federation is a special person. They are the ones on the front line, working with tens of thousands of young people each year, doing those things that politicians and suited board men talk about. To be awarded this honour is to recognise all those people who over the years have played a part in igniting that spark andfanning those flames of reading. Books change lives. The Federation changes lives.’