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President:  Dame Jacqueline Wilson; Patrons:  Michael Morpurgo & Ian Whybrow

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Book Award is a child-led reading development project delivered into Shropshire primary schools to find the book published in the previous two years that 9-11 year olds love the most.


A new development for this project for 2018, is that we are extending this to also include KS1 children.  


The timeline is for Book Award 2018 is:

  • Summer 2017: Calls for submission to the KS2 longlist.  Please email us here to be sent a list of submission criteria.

  • September 2017:  Booking opens for primary schools to sign up to the project.

  • 6th December 2017:  "Building a Buzz about Books" Conference for primary school teachers, held at the University of Shrewsbury.  The shortlist will be revealed and schools will take delivery of the shortlisted books for their pupils.

  • January 2018:  Schools begin reading and reviewing the KS2 shortlist and begin classroom activities associated with the project.

  • March 2018:  Voting opens for KS2.

  • Friday 27th April 2018:  KS2 Book Awards Ceremony in Theatre Severn

  • Summer Term 2018:  KS1 Book Award


If your school would like to find out more about how to take part, please email us here.


Meanwhile, take a look at our short 3 minute film from Book Award 2016 which will, in a nutshell, explain why this project has become so valuable to primary schools across Shropshire to help children develop a true love of reading:

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What's on NEXT...

Bookfest has once again been invited by The Guardian newspaper to feature at their Reading for Pleasure Primary Teacher Conference on Thursday 29 June 2017 at their headquarters in London.


This is the third time that Shrewsbury Bookfest has been asked to share with the conference its Book Award project as an example of best practice in encouraging children to develop a love for reading within their schools.


This conference is a regular feature at The Guardian, and draws in teachers and librarians from all over the country.  If you are interested in attending, please click here for full details of the day and how to book a place.

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