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Meredith Hooper's River Story wins English Association journal's award

Meredith Hooper's River Story with illustrations by Bee Willey (Walker Books) has washed away the competition in the English Association journal's award for the top key stage 1 non-fiction picture book. "You could use it in the literacy hour, or it would be an inspirational start to a project on rivers," said Margaret Mallett of the English 4-11 Awards panel.

The key stage 2 non-fiction award went to Barbara Taylor for Crocodiles (Lorenz Books. The winner for key stage 1 fiction was Marcus Pfister for Milo and the Mysterious Island (North-South), a tale with two endings on pages illuminated with "magical stones". Ruth Brown and Melvin Burgess took the key stage 2 fiction award for The Birdman (Andersen Press). Becoming Me: a story of creation by Martin Boroson and Christopher Gilvan-Cartwright (Frances Lincoln) received a special award for appeal across the primary age range.

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