The winners of 2014 Golden Baobab Prizes were announced yesterday. After many hundreds of entries and tension as we waited to see who would be considered the best picture story, early chapter prize and illustrator who considers children their target audience from the shortlisted few. The esteemed judges came to a decision and the winners are:
- Picture Books – Portia Dery, from Ghana for Grandma’s List
- Early Chapter Books – Mary Ononokpono, from Nigeria for Talulah the Time Traveler (Bookshy Books have a great interview of hers here)
- Illustrators – Xanele Puren, from South Africa. The Golden Baobab Prize for Illustrators is the biggest and most prestigious prize committed to discovering, nurturing and celebrating talented African illustrators of children’s stories.
For those who are not in the know this award for children literature is now in its 6th year of the Golden Baobab Prizes. The lucky winners go home with $20,000 in monetary awards, publishing opportunities for winners of the Picture Book and Early Chapter Book Prizes, and the winner of the Illustration prize attends a Golden Baobab award ceremony and a traveling exhibition of artist’s illustrations.