The Awards Ceremony took place on Wednesday 9th November 2016 in the afternoon.  It was hosted by the Oxford High School.


All the winners gave a short talk followed by questions from the audience.  Steve and Steven both gave drawing lessons.  Author Jo Cottrill launched the countdown for OBA 2017 and then it was time for cake and refreshments, to buy books, get them signed and meet the authors and illustrators.

Highly Commended Picture Book – Oliver Jeffers for Once Upon an Alphabet.

Pupils from Clanfield School showed us their illustrations inspired by this book (above).  MC Mark Thornton will be displaying them in his shop, Mostly Books, in Abingdon.

Best Picture Book – Steve Antony for Please Mr Panda.

Children from Glory Farm School showed us their illustrations inspired by this book. The Award was presented by Lady Stephanie North, for Oxford High School.  Steve gave the audience a lesson in how to draw Mr Panda (right) and all our drawings (above)

Highly Commended Secondary Book:

Teri Terry for Mind Games.

A pupil from North Oxfordshire Academy read a review of this book and the Award was presented by Rebecca Waiting of Blackwell’s. Pictured above, Teri signing books. 

Best Secondary Book: Lisa Williamson

for The Art of Being Normal.

A pupil from Oxford High School read a review (above) and the Award was presented by Alan Hodgin of RM Books.

Pictured right is Lisa receiving her award.

Highly Commended Primary Book – Tom McLaughlin for The Accidental Prime Minister.

A review was read by a pupil from St Hugh’s School.  The Award was presented by John Newton of Pickabook.

Best Primary Novel – Frank Cottrell Boyce & Steven Lenton for The Astounding Broccoli Boy. 

A review of this book was read by a pupil from Watlington Primary School.  The Award was presented to Steven Lenton by Gill Armstrong of Waitrose.