The 2022 British Book Industry Awards took place at London’s Grosvenor House on 23rd May. We were over the moon to be awarded Children’s Publisher of the Year in our fourth year of business.
Judges called Knights Of “small but mighty, and full of integrity and purpose”. A transformative year saw it quadruple its total book sales and triple its rights turnover, while Elle McNicoll’s A Kind of Spark scooped both the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize and the Blue Peter Best Story Book Award, with Jason Reynolds taking the CILIP Carnegie Medal for Look Both Ways. Accepting the award, co-founder Aimée Felone acknowledged “those that came before us, those that paved the way”. She said: “When we first started we were told ’no’ so many times, ’no we don’t have a diversity problem’… this award is dedicated to everyone who told us ’yes’. This is for everyone who questioned the validity of their story, their voice, your art matters, we matter.
Watch Aimée Felone, Managing Director at Knights Of, reaction here