Salford decides it's 2019 Literary Hero at 16th Annual Book Award

20th March 2019

An exciting annual reading event for Salford schools takes place on Friday 15 March, to announce the winner of the 16th Salford Children’s Book Award.

Over 100 11-14-year-olds from 10 secondary schools across Salford including Ellesmere Park High School, Buile Hill High, Moorside and Salford City Academy got to meet their literary icons, with leading authors of the shortlisted books attending plus regular host, author and comedian, James Campbell.

The winner was The 1,000 Year Old Boy by Ross Welford.           

This year for the first time, a number of year six children from local primary schools will also be attending the event including representatives from Dukesgate Academy, and Holy Cross and All Saints, Irlam Endowed, St Charles RC, St Philip’s CE and St Thomas of Canterbury RC primary schools.

The shortlisted authors and pupils discussed the books at the event before revealing this year's winner.

This year’s event was held for the first time at the University of Salford (New Adelphi Building) as part of Salford Community Leisure’s ongoing partnership with the University.

The Salford Children’s Book Award, which is run by Salford Schools’ Library Service with support from Salford Libraries, is designed to introduce schoolchildren Salford to a wide range of books and authors, to promote that reading is fun and enhance literary development.

The five outstanding books were sent to participating schools to read over the course of six months and at the end of this period, students voted for their favourite titles from the selection.

This year’s shortlist was as follows:

The Extraordinary Colours of Auden Dare by Zillah Bethell, Twister by Juliette Forrest; Kick by Mitch Johnson; Sky Thieves by Dan Walker and The 1,000 Year Old Boy by Ross Welford.           

Naomi Lewis, Libraries and Heritage Development Manager for Children, Families & Schools at Salford Community Leisure, said:

“Well done to Ross Welford for being the winning author and to the children for voting for all the shortlisted authors. For 16 years, Salford Schools’ Library Service has been encouraging Salford pupils to love reading through the Salford Children’s Book Award.  This year we are delighted to welcome year six pupils to the event at the new venue. We are continually looking to inspire and engage Salford’s young people by providing the most diverse range of reading materials possible as we believe that reading different types of literature can really enhance learning, vocabulary and general knowledge.”

Since 2003, Salford Community Leisure’s Children’s Book Award has distributed over 3,000 books to schools across the City, has generated over 2,000 votes and has awarded 13 different authors.

Editorial contact: Alison Short at Project Communications - / 07530 732 071/ 0161 278 9779.

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About Salford Community Leisure

Established in 2003, Salford Community Leisure is a not-for-profit organisation that exists to make a difference to the lives of people living, working and visiting Salford.

Run by and for the people of Salford, it is committed to enhancing the physical and cultural wellbeing of the community through the sport, library and cultural opportunities on offer across 40 venues, which attracted over 3 million customer visits last year.

Working hard to ensure each and every experience is the very best it can be, Salford Community Leisure boasts state of the art fitness and sports centres, a dedicated watersports and activity centre; football facilities; a museum and art gallery; several music and art spaces; libraries and community hubs plus a Tudor Manor House and gardens. 

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