On Thursday 9 November we took a small group of Year 8 students who are avid readers and are part of our Wednesday lunchtime Book Group to attend the presentation of the Oxfordshire Book Awards 2017. Over 40 Oxfordshire schools had participated and their students read and then got to choose which titles won.
The winner of the Best Primary Book was David Baddiel for “The Person Controller” The book appeals to children aged 9 plus if they like video games, adventures and laughing. As a comedian and author, his books are hilarious and he entertained the audience with reading an extract from the book. In the question and answer session he said he loved his job as a story teller and if you wanted to be a writer you had to read and should never give up writing.
As a reading group we shadowed and voted for our favourite books in the Best Secondary Book Category. Jo Cotterill, author of “A Library of Lemons” collected the prize for the Secondary award. She talked about books being our friends and how they can take you away from your worries to happy places. When she finds things tough she does not want to be challenged and she re-reads books that she loves and has read “The Big Four” by Agatha Christie many times.
The Oxfordshire Book Awards 2018 Longlist was announced at the end of the ceremony and we will read as many of these 15 titles in Book Club as we can in the coming months. One of the event sponsors, Browns Books for Students offered a free set of books to the first school picked out of the hat and we were thrilled to be the winning school.
After the awards ceremony we were able to meet the authors and get books signed. We chatted to Jo Cotterill and she remembered visiting our school a few years ago because she had seen the red kites soaring above the school field. It was a fantastic day to celebrate children’s literature and all of the books by the Winning and Highly Commended authors are available to borrow from the Library.
Key dates for the next awards:
6 Nov 2017 Longlist announced
Jan 2018 Voting deadline for shortlist
Feb 2018 Shortlist announced
Mar 2018 Voting deadline for winner
31 Mar 2018 Winners announced
Awards Ceremony in autumn term 2018