Tuesday, 19 June 2012

"Read It Again" Winner To Be Announced

The winner of the seventh "Read it Again!" Cambridgeshire Children's Picture Book Award will be announced on Tuesday 26 June at the St Ives Corn Exchange.

This unique award, organised by Cambridgeshire County Council's library service, is for a debut picture book, published in 2011, where the words and pictures are the work of one individual. It is judged solely by children in Cambridgeshire.

Since the beginning of March, around 4,000 local children from 40 local schools have been reading, discussing and voting for their favourite book from the eight books on the shortlist.

On Tuesday afternoon, 200 children from local schools will meet the authors and hear about how the stories and pictures were created before learning which of the books has polled the most votes.

Last year's "Read it Again!" winner Chris Haughton, will be announcing the winner.

Cllr David Harty, Cambridgeshire County Council's Cabinet Member for Learning said "This award celebrates exciting new talent in the world of children's books and is one of the few to be judged solely by children. It's very popular with local schools as it encourages reading, discussion and communication.

"Cambridgeshire children are certainly very good at picking a winner - their selection last year, "A Bit Lost" by Chris Haughton, went on to scoop nine awards in seven different countries."