Children have been reading and writing reviews of the shortlisted books in the categories since February, and have now voted for their favourite. These votes have been counted and verified and the winners will be revealed on Tuesday morning (Primary schools) and Thursday afternoon (Secondary schools).
The Leeds Book award process started back in September when the children’s team here in Leeds libraries as well as our colleagues in the Schools Library service start collecting suggestions for the shortlist from young people. These suggestions are looked at, as well as publisher submissions in November and the shortlists are produced. There are three shortlists; the age 9 – 11, 11 – 14 and the 14 – 16 categories. Children from schools across the whole of Leeds then read the books and vote for their favourite. You can see the shortlisted books as well as lots of reviews on www.leedsbookawards.co.uk
Everything comes to a grand finale this week when the children come together to meet the authors of the books and take part in the presentation of the prestigious Leeds Book Award trophy to the winning authors. This event is always fabulous and the children, teachers and authors all have a great time.