Primary school pupils choose their favourite books

Wednesday, June 30, 2021

A detective story, a tale of mystery and imaginary friends and an adventure with a canine on a mission are amongst the books most loved by young readers in Lancashire.

The annual Fantastic Book Awards and the Brilliant Book Award recognise recently published fiction titles for primary aged children – and are voted for by the youngsters themselves.
The main aim of the Fantastic Book Awards, organised by Lancashire County Council's School Library Service, is to support reading for pleasure by introducing new fiction to nine to eleven year-old pupils. Thousands of children from 170 schools were able to vote for their favourite stories.
The winners are:
Skeleton Keys, The Unimaginary Friend by Guy Bass, Illustrator Pete Williamson

Help! I Smell a Monster by Justin Davies, Illustrator Kim Geyer

Evie and the Animals by Matt Haig, Illustrator Emily Gravett

The Highland Falcon Thief by M.G. Leonard & Sam Sedgman, Illustrator Elisa Paganelli

I, Cosmo by Charlie Sorosiak

The winner of the Brilliant Book Award, designed by the school library service to nurture the love of reading of six and seven-year-olds, is:
Freddie's Amazing Bakery: The Great Raspberry Mix-up by Harriet Whitehorn, illustrated by Alex G Griffiths.
County Councillor Peter Buckley, Lancashire County Council's cabinet member for community and cultural services, said: "The awards involve thousands of children from primary schools across Lancashire avidly reading books. They then get the chance to vote on the books that they like the best at the end of the spring term.
"This is a fun way to engage with our children to encourage them to read and importantly help us to maintain the county's high levels of literacy.
"I'm delighted that the Fantastic Book Awards and the Brilliant Book Award have enjoyed a successful year, and that more children have been encouraged to discover the pleasure of a good book. This year has been a really tough one due to coronavirus, and I hope that reading has been able to help some children."
County Councillor Jayne Rear, cabinet member for education and skills, said the awards were really important initiatives.
She said: "They should get children reading, as well as making reading fun for younger children, and it is also something they can share with their families and friends.
"I hope that it helps us to get more children reading for pleasure regularly, and feeling enthusiastic about reading.
"As we all know, this has been a very difficult year so far, and importantly this award demonstrates the impact of schools working with our School Library Service to run effective schemes."

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