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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 2020 announced - January 2020
  • KS2 Voting ceremony (7-11 year olds) - Tuesday 22 June 2021
  • KS3 Voting ceremony (11-14 year olds) - Wednesday 23 June 2021

KS2 Shortlist:

  • The Highland Falcon Thief, M G Leonard & Sam Sedgman
  • Troofriend, Kirsty Applebaum
  • My Headteacher is an Evil Genius, Jack Noel *WINNER*
  • Pests, Emer Stamp
  • Granny Magic, Elka Evalds

KS3 Shortlist:

  • Orphans of the Tide, Struan Murray
  • Nothing Ever Happens Here, Sarah Hagger-Holt
  • The Boy with the Butterfly Mind, Victoria Williamson
  • Orion Lost, Alastair Chisholm
  • After the War, Tom Palmer *WINNER*

2020 Winners // KS2: D-Day Dog – Tom Palmer // KS3: No voting ceremony due to Covid-19

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