I was very impressed with how thorough the whole process was and how engaged the children were with it. No joke, I think it compares very well to some of the best prizes judged by adults - and I'm not just saying that because I won! These are super bright kids and the depth they go into when assessing the various titles is amazing. From beginning to end it takes almost six months to select a winner in each of three categories, Best Text, Best Illustration and Best Overall. The children even design their own detailed assessment criteria.
If you want an idea of how much this award means to them, listen to the reaction to the announcement from last year!