I wish certain vocal politicians could have been present at our annual book award ceremony on Wednesday. They would have seen that many children and teenagers (boys and girls) do still love to read. Nearly three hundred students from 15 local secondary schools and 5 primary schools came along on Wednesday.
The hall looked amazing and very patriotic in honour of the Jubilee and forthcoming olympics. Twenty five round tables were draped in blue and red tablecloths. In the centre of each were a cluster of red, white and blue balloons.
There was an exciting buzz in the room as children crowded around the four authors who had kindly agreed to be there, waiting to get their books signed (we sold over £800 worth of books). They participated enthusiastically in the quiz and many groans and cheers could be heard as the answers were read out. They listened to the authors talk and asked lots of questions.
Not only do the children read but they love to write as well and the winners of the poetry and short story competition read out their pieces.
Finally the winners of the Book Award were announced.
Artichoke Hearts by Sita Brahmachari won the Children’s Book Award
Entangled by Cat Clarke won the Teenage Book Award.
A huge thanks goes to the authors who came along – Cat Clarke, Sita Brahmachari, Barbara Mitchelhill and Kevin Brooks, who played a big part in making the event a success.