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A Hug For You Toy Show star Adam King wins trophy at An Post Irish Book Awards

The annual An Post Irish Book Awards recognises the very best of Irish writing talent, with Sally Rooney taking home the gong last night for Novel of the Year

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Adam King and his father David after winning at the An Post Irish Book Awards

Adam King and his father David after winning at the An Post Irish Book Awards

Adam King and his father David after winning at the An Post Irish Book Awards

A book inspired by Late Late Toy Show hero Adam King scooped up a trophy at the An Post Irish Book Awards.

A Hug For You was written by Adam’s father David and won the Specsaver’s Children’s Book of the Year award in the Junior Category at last night’s virtual ceremony on RTÉ.

It was shortlisted along with Up on the Mountain by Peter Donnelly, There’s a Ghost in This House by Oliver Jeffers, Puffling and the Egg by Erika McCann and Gerry Daly, Maybe by Chris Haughton, and Evie’s Christmas Wish by Siobhan Parkinson.

Inspired by Adam, who suffers from a brittle bone condition and became a household name with his adorable appearance on last year’s Toy Show, the winning illustrated book tells the story of one little boy with a big idea that came straight from the heart.

Adam stole the hearts of the nation with his Virtual Hug, a heart-shaped sign he carried during the Covid-19 pandemic to help him stay connected to his teacher, doctors, and nurses. The virtual hug has made its way onto mugs, postage stamps, spreading warmth and connection to people all over the world.

Tweeting his delight after the awards show, David King wrote: “I can't believe it - WE WON!! Glowing star. Thank you SO MUCH everyone @AnPostIBAS & all who voted!

“To my fellow nominees - I'm humbled to be in your company. My biggest thanks to my family & of course Adam - thank you for being our light in dark times & allowing Dad to tell your story.”

The annual An Post Irish Book Awards recognises the very best of Irish writing talent, with Sally Rooney taking home the gong last night for Novel of the Year after publishing her highly anticipated third novel Beautiful World, Where Are You? in September.

Emer McLysaght and Sarah Breen scooped up Popular Fiction Book of the Year for Aisling in the City, while Newcomer of the Year went to Snowflake author Louise Nealon.

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