Congratulations to award-winning author, patron and great friend of The Reader Organisation, Frank Cottrell Boyce, for winning the award for The Unforgotten Coat in the category of Children’s Book at this year’s German Children’s Literature Awards.
We are very proud of Frank and The Unforgotten Coat as it was penned especially for The Reader Organisation and Our Read 2011. 50,000 free copies of the book were distributed across Merseyside, travelling around the UK and the rest of the world and enchanting readers of all ages with its humorous and touching tale of two brothers from Mongolia who have settled in Merseyside and made friends with a girl called Julie, only to be forced back to their home country. It has gone on to captivate judges on many award panels, winning Frank the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize in 2012.
The German Children’s Literature Award is Germany’s only state-sponsored prize for works of fiction and has been awarded annually since 1956 by a jury of literature specialists and critics in four categories: picture book, children’s book, young adult book and non-fiction. In addition, since 2003 an independent young adult jury gives its own award. It is fantastic that Frank’s book
“written for fun, and for friendship’
has gone on to touch and inspire people around the world and be recognised for the wonderfully heart-warming work that it is.
Congratulations Frank and a huge thank you, once again, for the wonderful gift of The Unforgotten Coat.