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Moon Lane wins British Book Awrds 2020 Children’s Bookseller of the Year

July 02, 2020

Moon Lane was announced as Children’s Bookseller of the Year at the British Book Awards 2020!


We are absolutely delighted and hugely grateful to The Bookseller and MacMillan for this amazing award. It means the world to us and is a huge step in supporting our mission to raise equality in children’s books. We are truly honoured and deeply grateful for this recognition.


Tamara Macfarlane, co-owner and founder of Moon Lane: “Children's Bookseller of the year 2020 is an exceptional prize for Moon Lane to be awarded. It means so much to us in terms of recognition within the publishing industry generally, but it is particularly important this year as it highlights all of our work to raise equality in children's books; equality of access, representation and roles in the publishing industry. Great innovation and practical intervention is needed in all areas of children's publishing and bookselling in order to ensure equity of access to books for every child. As an industry, we are only at the beginning of accepting the enormity of what it truly means to even take steps towards this aim. Every single individual within publishing and bookselling has a vital role to play in achieving this. The recognition of the whole range of our work and the scope of our initiatives will, in turn, expand our outreach ability and our continued innovation. As children's booksellers, we are most effective when forming a bridge between the children's publishing industry and our wider communities, bringing them closer together. Our wider initiatives also support publishers with new routes to market for their increasingly diverse publishing. The work that has gone into achieving this award has been a complete Moon Lane team effort. There are ten of us behind the scenes that have worked tirelessly, with many, many hours of overtime, because each person on the team is driven by the Moon Lane mission. So, this award is for the whole Moon Lane team, with particular thanks to Paul Chin and Leah Chin, my business partners. None of last year's expansion, increase in reach, and the impact that we are now achieving would have been possible without them, our amazing customers, and the rest of our team working so hard. We are so grateful.”


Read the judges’ summary of why they chose Moon Lane as the winner from the other amongst the amazing children’s booksellers in the shortlist, which included Waterstones and Blackwells:

INDIE CHILDREN'S BOOK OF THE MONTH JULY: The Diddle that Dummed by Kes Gray & Fred Blunt

July 02, 2020

The BA Children’s Bookselling Group has announced The Diddle that Dummed by Kes Gray & Fred Blunt, published by Hodder Children’s Books, as its Independent Booksellers’ Children’s Book of the Month for July.

A laugh-out-loud musical story full of hilarious word play and silliness from the author of Oi Frog!, brilliantly illustrated by Fred Blunt.


Flinty Bo Diddle is writing a tune for his fiddle. All his diddles have lined up nicely - except for one who keeps going DUM, right in the middle! No matter what he tries he just can't get this diddle to diddle like it's supposed to! A story about standing out from the crowd that will have you in fits of giggles!

Author Kes Gray's reaction on winning was ‘As the story of Coronavirus continues to unfold, the reopening of indie bookshops is a most welcome page turned.  I’m thrilled that The Diddle That Dummed will be adding to the smiles in Indie bookshops UK-wide in July!’ 


Illustrator Fred Blunt was equally delighted ‘I genuinely can’t wait to browse my local independent bookshop again. The knowledge and passion from the booksellers mean the best new books get to enjoy shelf space. I hope booksellers and families alike will enjoy sharing a laugh with The Diddle That Dummed.’ 


Fred is on Twitter and Instagram @FredBlunt

You can watch Kes reading the book at:




The Laugh Out Loud Book Awards 2020

February 16, 2020

The Laugh Out Loud Book Awards (the Lollies) celebrates the best and funniest children’s books in the UK and Ireland, voted for by children.


The winners of the Lollies 2020 are…

Best Laugh Out Loud Picture Book

Ten Fat Sausages by Michelle Robinson and Tor Freeman

Best Laugh Out Loud Book for 6—8-year-olds

The World’s Worst Children 3 by David Walliams and Tony Ross

Best Laugh Out Loud Book for 9—13-year-olds

I Bet I Can Make You Laugh by Joshua Seigal and Tim Wesson

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