Tuesday, 2 April 2013

Sky Hawk wins the Salford Children's Book Award

Sky Hawk wins  2013 Salford Book Award

A few good things about being shortlisted for an award like this;

1)   You’ve been shortlisted, which makes you very happy!
2)   You get to leave the writing den, put on clothes smarter than the usual jeans and old jumper and have a fun trip out somewhere.
3)   You get to meet your readers.
4)   You get to meet the librarians and teachers and all the people who have toiled away for a whole year, to make an award ceremony like this happen.
5)   You get to meet other authors, book bloggers and people in the book world.

It’s a win, win situation for schools, libraries, authors and everyone. Book award ceremonies are a celebration of books and reading. They get young people reading and discussing books they may never had picked up. They allow reading to happen away from the continual tests and assessments of academic school work. The pupils have their say. They are not the ones being judged and tested for a change. They read books not because they have to, but because they want to. It takes a tremendous amount of time and commitment from the librarians and teachers to organise these events, but it pays off    in bucket loads seeing pupils' enthusiasm for stories and the buzz and excitement of being part of the ceremony. Teachers have told me of the increased use of the library following the award ceremony and of new found confidence in reluctant readers. As an author it's great to have that connection with readers too. 

The ceremony was compered by Alan Gibbons, award winning author and champion for libraries. He delivered a mix of stand-up comedy and thought provoking words about the importance of books and the need to support our libraries.

The shortlisted books were;

The Unforgotten Coat by Frank Cottrell Boyce
Small Change for Stuart by Lissa Evans
The Island of Thieves by Josh Lacey
Sky Hawk by Gill Lewis
Lost Christmas by David Logan
Run Rabbit Run by Barbara Mitchelhill
Dark Lord: The Teenage Years by Jamie Thomson

It was great meeting Alan Gibbons, Barbara Mitchelhill, Jamie Thompson and Josh Lacey and also the avid book blogger, the Book Witch who had the final say…

The Dark Lord, Barbara Mitchelhill and Josh Lacey

 Salford Book Awards

 Sky Hawk wins the 2013 Salford Book Award


Tara Fletcher said...

Have just read this fantastic book to my class. They were utterly enthralled and hooked in by it. Wonderful!! Thank you.

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