The winners of the Children’s Jury 2022 are Thomas van Grinsven and Rutger Vink with the book The magic collar (in the category 6 to 9 years) and Kevin Hassing with the book Mus & captain Kwaadbaard and the course to the Kraken (in the category 10 to 12 years). The winners were announced in the Neude Library in Utrecht. More than 50,000 children voted for their favorite book.
Rutger Vink and Thomas van Grinsven together have more than 1.7 million subscribers to their YouTube channels, where they post family-friendly content. The Magic Collar is the first book in their series The Adventures of Rutger, Thomas and Paco. “For years it had been our dream to make a book that we would have liked to read as children. A book in which it is very normal for two boys to form a love couple,” said the winners.
Kevin Hassing is an actor and voice actor in addition to being an author. He made his debut in 2020 with a youth book that reached the Tip List of the Dutch Children’s Jury 2021. The author says he is “proud, overwhelmed and grateful” with the award. “I want to thank everyone who voted for Mus and I will continue with this series with new wind in my sails,” he says in a reaction.
The award ceremony took place during the first edition of the Great Children’s Jury Party. CPNB and DPG Media organized this party as part of their strategy to get the young generation to read and to increase reading pleasure.