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
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.