Sophy Henn has won the Derby Children’s Book Award!


​We are thrilled to announce that Sophy Henn and her book All Kinds Of Families has won the Derby Children’s Book Award!

From Sophy Henn:

‘I am thrilled that All Kinds of Families has won the Derby Children’s Picture Book Award, especially as it is voted for by children. I created this book so children could see that family structures in nature a many and varied, and I hoped that would be reassuring and empowering message. Making the natural world relatable to children is so important as they will be the guardians of it in the future, the fact that the pupils of the schools across Derby have voted this book their winner makes me very hopeful it will be in good hands!’

A wonderful celebration of the diversity of family life that is perfect for pre-schoolers, from award-winning author/illustrator Sophy Henn – the creator of Where Bear?, Pass It On and the Lifesize series.

Just like us, animal families are all different. For orang-utans, mummy looks after the babies, for emus it is all down to daddy. Clownfish live with a mummy and daddy, some albatross families live with two mummies and some cheetahs are adopted by two daddies. For some families it is the grandparents, or even a huge family group, who help bring up the youngsters. But what’s the one thing that they have in common? Love, of course!

Reflecting the different ways that children live today, this warm and friendly introduction to the variety of family life is perfect for pre-schoolers to learn about the world around them, as well as seeing which family is similar to their own.

Sophy Henn is an award-winning picture book author and illustrator with an MA in Illustration from the University of Brighton. She is the creator of the much-loved Pom Pom series and her book Where Bear? was nominated for the Kate Greenaway Medal and shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize. Sophy was the World Book Day Illustrator in 2015 and 2016.