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James Reckitt Hull Children’s Book Award

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

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 award ceremonies 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.

Students can also achieve their Arts Award Discover by logging their thoughts and ideas in a special award diary.

  • Shortlist for the James Reckitt Hull Children’s Book Award 2019 revealed - January 2019.
  • KS2 Voting (7-11 year olds) - The Big Malarkey Festival - Tuesday 25th June 2019
  • KS3 Voting ceremony (11-14 year olds) - The Big Malarkey Festival - Wednesday 26th June 2019


KS2 Shortlist: KS3 Shortlist:
  • The Polar Bear Explorers’ Club by Alex Bell
  • The Bad Guys by Aaron Blabey
  • The Creakers by Tom Fletcher
  • Charlie and Me by Mark Lowery
  • The Boy at the Back of the Class by Onjali Q Rauf
  • Don’t Stop Thinking About Tomorrow by Siobhan Curham
  • Armistice Runner by Tom Palmer
  • Mike by Andrew Norriss
  • Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend
  • Night Speakers by Ali Sparkes
2019 Winners // KS2: The Creakers - Tom Fletcher // KS3: Night Speakers - Ali Sparkes / Armistice Runner - Tom Palmer
2018 Winners // KS2: The Matilda Effect - Ellie Irving // KS3: All the Things That Could Go Wrong - Stewart Foster 
2017 Winners // KS2: The War Next Door - Phil Earle // KS3: The Best Medicine - Christine Hamill

James Reckitt Hull Children’s Book Award 2019

James Reckitt Hull Children’s Book Award 2018

James Reckitt Hull Children’s Book Award 2017

Photos by Jerome Whittingham -

In association with @hull_libraries and @Hull_SLS we are very pleased to announce the shortlists for the James Reck……