Oxford High School have played host to this literary extravaganza for the fourth time. With the awards in their tenth year, success in encouraging the children of Oxfordshire to read for pleasure speaks volumes - 58 schools across the county now take part. Children read nominated books across three categories: Picture, Junior and Secondary and vote four their favourites. Total votes for 2018 for all categories was a staggering 3573!
Radio 1 authors Greg James and Chris Smith are quite the team with their witty book, 'Kid Normal', romping to victory in the Junior category. After receiving the award, the audience was entertained by a 'world exclusive' reading from the yet to be published third book in the Kid Normal series.
Lisa Williamson and Pam Smy were awarded a joint secondary 'highly commended', two extremely styles of books, yet both covering issues of friendship and image identity.
Matt Carr, highly commended for Picture book proved that everyone can draw and within minutes, hundred of 'Superbats' appeared in the audience.
Local author Matt Brown giggled with the children and explained how he has based the silly names in 'When Aliens invaded my Talent Show' on observations while visiting schools!
Two guest authors from nominated titles for 2019 made an appearance, Tom Pollock with 'White Rabbit, Red Fox' secondary, set the scene with his pacey thriller touching on mental health issues. Nicki Thornton, 'Last Chance Hotel', junior category, ended the afternoon saying that all her favourite genres have merged in this Waterstone's book of the month favourite - 'Last Chance Hotel'.
Secondary winner, Katherine Rundell, with her adventure story ' The Explorer' and Picture Book winner, Tom Fletcher with 'There's a Monster in My Book' both sent 'Thank you' videos shown during the event.
Important Dates 2019-20
Key dates for the next awards:
13 November 2019 Award Ceremony and 2020 shorlists announced