Illustrator Matty scoops Cambridgeshire’s ‘Read it Again!’ Children’s Picture Book Award at bash in Wisbech

The winner of the 11th “Read it Again!” Cambridgeshire Children’s Picture Book Award was announced a

The winner of the 11th “Read it Again!” Cambridgeshire Children’s Picture Book Award was announced at Thomas Clarkson Academy in Wisbech. Winner of the "Read it Again!" prize was Matty Long from Cambridge seen here with pupils from Benwick school. - Credit: Archant

Cambridge illustrator Matty Long’s latest picture book was crowned the winner as Thomas Clarkson Academy in Wisbech hosted the 11th ‘Read it Again!’ Cambridgeshire Children’s Book Awards.

Long’s ‘Super Happy Magic Forest’ book scooped first prize after being voted as the favourites of school pupils across the county on Wednesday June 15.

This year, over 12,000 children from over 70 Cambridgeshire Primary Schools took part in ‘Read it Again!’ by reading, discussing and then voting for their favourite picture book from a shortlist of eight titles.

Many schools created their own stories and artwork inspired by the books and pupils at one school even created a computer game.

Previous winners of ‘Read it Again!’ include Emily Gravett, Marta Altes, Tim Hopgood and Chris Haughton, all of whom have gone on to receive worldwide acclaim for their work.


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Six of the eight shortlisted authors appeared at Thomas Clarkson Academy along with last year’s winner, Simons Ciraolo, Deputy Mayor of Wisbech, Steve Tierney and over 200 school children from across the county.

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