Leeds Book Awards started in 2009 and has evolved into a successful city wide initiative, run jointly between Leeds School Library Service and Leeds Public Libraries. The Award is now a fantastic opportunity for pupils aged 9- 11, 11-14 and 14-16 to take part and vote for the best children’s and young people’s books published in the last year.
The Primary 9-11 age group Awards Ceremony was held at Pudsey Civic Hall in May, and once again proved to be a big hit with 500 children from 75 primary schools.
The Ceremony is the culmination for the children of months of reading and reviewing the 6 shortlisted titles, and then voting for their favourite. It is entirely the children’s choice which book wins the Award.
This year’s winner was Fleur Hitchcock with Murder in Midwinter. It was her first award and her book is a thriller, which isn’t a genre most people think of as suitable for children. Obviously, not the case here!
With many of the authors in attendance the children were then given the fantastic opportunity to meet their favourite author and have their books signed. Organised chaos and bedlam reigns at this point in the ceremony, but it is so amazing to see so many children buzzing with excitement at meeting their favourite authors. A never to be forgotten moment!
One of the authors Jo Cotterill wrote this brilliant blog about her memory of a super day…
Information about the Awards and the reviews submitted by the school children can be read along with the information about all the shortlisted authors on www.leedsbookawards.co.uk