Monday, 26 May 2014

Cambridgeshire 'Read It Again' Book Awards 2014

It is that time of year again where Cambridgeshire is full of excitement for this years 'Read It Again' book awards! Myself and the kids are particularly excited because we are going to the award ceremony! So what is it all about?

The Awards
"How it works
  • It is a unique award for a first-time picture book where the words and pictures are the work of one individual.
  • Thousands of Cambridgeshire children in local schools read, discuss and then vote for their favourite book from a shortlist of eight titles, all by first-time author/illustrators.
  • The award encourages children to discuss books with their classmates and think about what makes a good book.
  • Library staff visit schools promoting the award to children."
A month or so ago a selection of wonderful picture arrived in our post bags and I delivered each key stage a set to read in the week we had the books. Staff and children were wonderful in getting the books read in such a short time and votes were duly cast. I then emailed off our school results to the organiser.
The Books
'Bob and Rob' by Sue Pickford
'Weasels' by Elys Dolan
'Pi - Rat' by Maxine Lee
'The Crocodile Who Didn't Like Water' by Gemma Merino
'Hugh Shampoo' by Karen George
'Sidney, Stella and the Moon' by Emma Yarlett
'Penguin in Peril' by Helen Hancocks
'Ready Teddy Go' by Michael Davidson
It was fascinating seeing the favourites that emerged in each class and key stage. ‘Ready, Teddy, Go’ was loved by Reception and Key Stage 1 and the other classes had a wide spread that covered the rest of the books. My particular favourite? I think I have to say I loved ‘Weasels’ which had the kind of illustrations you could look at for ages and ‘Sidney, Stella and the Moon’ because it was a lovely story!
The Ceremony
Very soon I will be taking some children from each class from Year 1 to Year 6 to the awards ceremony where the winner will be announced. Apparently we will get a chance to meet the authors and I think I may be a teeny bit excited! The response from the children was amazing and I had nearly everyone in each class wanting to come with me.
Check back soon for some more in depth reviews of the books and hopefully some pictures of the awards ceremony itself.
Happy Reading!

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