Fantastic Book Awards 2020 Launch
Wednesday, October 14, 2020
This year's Fantastic Book Awards will be launched online today (Wednesday 14 October) by Children's Laureate, Cressida Cowell.
Cressida was appointed the Children's Laureate in 2019. She is also the author and illustrator of the bestselling fantasy books How to Train Your Dragon and the Wizards of Once series.
Cressida has sold over 11 million books worldwide.
At this year's launch, young readers will receive a special digital reading message from Cressida, who is a huge advocate of reading for pleasure.
170 primary schools are invited to watch the official launch of the book awards, developed by Lancashire's School Library Service. The 30 books that have been chosen for the children to read will be revealed at the launch.
These awards run until May 2021. They will involve thousands of children from Lancashire primary schools reading and discussing the books, and voting for their favourites.
The five winning titles for the Fantastic Book Awards will be announced by pupils in primary schools in May 2021.
The main aim of the awards is to support children aged nine to 11 years in reading for pleasure by introducing them to newly-published fiction titles, and encouraging them to read and discuss the books.
County Councillor Peter Buckley, Lancashire County Council's cabinet member for community and cultural services, said: "This tremendous initiative to encourage young readers is now up and running.
"We are fully committed to maintaining the high levels and standards of literacy here in Lancashire, and this is an important way that we do this. I will be taking a keen interest to see who has won next May."
Primary schools will receive a signed copy of Never and Forever, the final book in the Wizards of Once series by Cressida for taking part.