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James Reckitt Hull Children’s Book Award

The highlight of the children’s literature calendar in Hull.

2017 marks the 10th anniversary of the James Reckitt Hull Children’s Book Award.

The James Reckitt Hull Children’s Book Award aims to:

  • Foster a love of reading by introducing young people to new writers and titles they might not normally pick up
  • Encourage reading outside of school and the number of young people using libraries
  • Encourage young people to share their opinions about the books they are reading, listen to the opinions of others and engage in positive debate about the titles
  • Provide an exclusive opportunity for young people to experience a large scale literature event and meet the writers of the books they are reading

Over the course of a year newly published titles, suitable for young people at Key Stage 2 and 3, are read by an army of volunteers. The volunteers review each title they read and score it. This information is then used to draw up a shortlist.

Between January and April of the following year the Hull Library Service donates copies of the shortlisted titles to participating schools for children to read. The writers of the shortlisted titles are also invited to the city to work with the young people.

There then follows two voting events in April and June where children are invited along to hear from the writers, share their opinions of the books and vote for their winning title. The votes are collated on the day and a specially commissioned artwork is presented to the winning writer.

James Reckitt Hull Children's Book Award - Key Stage 2

James Reckitt Hull Children's Book Award - Key Stage 3

KS2 Shortlist: KS3 Shortlist:

* The War Next Door // Phil Earle

Help! Im an Alien // Jo Franklin

Freedom for Bron // NS Blackman

The Nose That Nobody Picked // David Parkin

Freaks United // John Hickman

Storm Walker // Mike Revell

Shadowsmith // Ross Mackenzie

The Secret Cooking Club // Laurel Remmington

* The Best Medicine // Christine Hamill

The Mighty Dynamo // Kieran Crowley

* 2017 winners