Author and illustrator Raymond Briggs, the creator of The Snowman, has been recognised with a lifetime achievement award by the charity BookTrust.
A panel of six judges said the award recognised his "outstanding contribution" to children's literature.
BookTrust paid tribute to the impact his "captivating and inspiring work" has had on children and adults alike.
Briggs, who also created When The Wind Blows and Fungus the Bogeyman, said it was "an incredible honour".
"It's lovely to be given an award for all my life achievements," he said.
"Drawing, telling stories and sharing these adventures is something I've always been passionate about.
"Being awarded the BookTrust Lifetime Achievement Award is an incredible honour and I'm so glad I've been able to make such an impression on people."
By Will Gompertz, BBC arts editor
Raymond Briggs has that gift only relatively few artists possess, which is an ability to produce work that touches people of all ages and backgrounds.
Be it The Snowman – now a Christmas perennial – or Ethel and Ernest – the graphic novel charting his parent's life – the characters he portrays are invariably imbued with a soulfulness that makes you, the reader, care deeply about their story.
His style as an illustrator and storyteller is understated in tone but bold in approach.
Difficult subjects are not ducked; the shade accentuates the light.
For each new generation introduced to his Fungus the Bogeyman, or Father Christmas, there lies in store a lifetime of literary and artistic discoveries produced by the unsentimental, but sympathetic hand of Raymond Briggs.
Briggs' other most noted works include Father Christmas, Ug, The Bear, Gentleman Jim, and Ethel and Ernest.
The panel of judges included children's laureate Chris Riddell, How to Train Your Dragon creator Cressida Cowell and ex-director of the human rights group Liberty, Baroness Chakrabarti.