Salford Children's Book Award 2016

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The winner of the 2016 Salford Children's Book Award is.......

A Boy Called Hope by Lara Williamson

The award ceremony was held at the Lowry on Friday, 11th March 2016.  The host James Campbell was joined by shortlisted authors Kevin Brooks and Jane Hardstaff.  Special guests Charlie Stayt from BBC Breakfast and author Lucy Hawking also made an appearance on stage.

During the ceremony, students from several Salford high schools spoke about why they had enjoyed reading each of the shortlisted books. Kevin and Jane discussed their writing and answered questions from students, and were then on hand to sign books and chat to the 120 students who attended.

Shortlisted authors who couldn't be there on the day sent video messages to the ceremony. Here is Lara's acceptance speech:

Find out more about all the shortlisted books.

Why not borrow some of them from the library? Search the catalogue.

Background to the Award

The Salford Children's Book Award celebrates its thirteenth year this year.  The award is designed to introduce 11 to 14 year olds to a range of books and authors and to promote reading for the sheer fun of it.

Books eligible for the award must:

  • have been published in the United Kingdom between January and December the previous year
  • be excellent stand-alone reads
  • have been written by authors living in the UK

The award is facilitated by Salford Schools' Library Service.  School-based reading groups are run by high school librarians and/or members of the high school English department.  Pupils read all of the shortlisted books and vote for their favourite title.

In March, an award ceremony is held and the winner is announced.  Shortlisted authors attend along with up to two hundred pupils who have taken part in the reading groups.  Pupils have a chance to meet the authors and hear them talk about their books.

Please contact Salford Schools' Library Service for more information about the award.