Judging Panel

Our Hosts

Angellica Bell

Angellica Bell was the face of CBBC for 6 and a half years and won BAFTA recognition in that time. She presented shows such as The Saturday Show, Short Change and 50/50. Angellica currently works on The One Show and The Martin Lewis Money Show. She is the author of ‘Fantastic Eats! (& how to cook them)’. When she’s not cooking, her passion for children’s literature shines through!

Michael Underwood

Michael Underwood was also in the world of TV presenting for twenty years, combining the worlds of factual programming and entertainment with shows on platforms like CBBC, ITV and Channel 5. Michael happily hung up his hosting boots to become a primary school teacher (Year 4 teacher and Drama lead), so his sharp eye and flair for theatricality make him well-equipped to read and hear your stories!

Our Judging Panel

Malorie Blackman

Former Children’s Laureate Malorie Blackman (OBE) joins us again. With over 60 books for children and teenagers on her CV, Malorie is probably best-known for her critically-acclaimed YA book series ‘Noughts & Crosses’.

Frank Cottrell-Boyce

One of Britain’s best-loved authors, Frank Cottrell-Boyce has written more smash hits than you can shake a stick at! Frank's critically-acclaimed children’s book ‘Sputnik’s Guide to Life on Earth’ is a mainstay on bookshop shelves. Frank also has a Gold (Carnegie) medal award to his name.

Charlie Higson

Charlie Higson is an advocate for Children’s literature and has also been very successful in the world of screenwriting and acting (The Fast Show, anyone?) Charlie is probably most famous for his ‘Young Bond’ and ‘Enemy’ book series and his work has been translated into over 24 languages – inspiring stuff for our budding young writers!

Francesca Simon

Francesca Simon knows a thing or two about Children’s literature having created ‘Horrid Henry’! Francesca even has one of her stories– ‘The Monstrous Child’ - turned into an opera and performed at the Royal Opera House. Impressive stuff!