Look Up! won the illustrated books category and Bearmouth by Liz Hyder won the older readers’ category. Also, High Rise Mystery by Sharna Jackson topped the young readers category.
Bryon, actor and writer, said he partly wrote the story. He added, “I was inspired to write Look Up! after walking around Hyde Park with my girlfriend. She wanted me to see the Peter Pan statue and I was too busy looking down at my phone, refreshing my emails. The book is a message to me to be more present, to Look Up! and see all the wonderful things that are around me, as my emails really aren’t that important.”
This fantastic illustrator of Look Up!, Adeola said that his niece inspired him. He added, “I tried to capture her curiosity and zest for knowledge in Rocket’s mannerisms as well as her innocently self-assured attitude to problem solving, traits that should be celebrated in both boys and girls.”