Friday, 10 January 2014

Youngsters Can Put Authors In The Picture

First time authors could be in with a chance of winning as the 9th ‘Read it Again!’ Cambridgeshire Children’s Picture Book Award launches this month.

Run by Cambridgeshire Libraries, the ‘Read it Again!’ award is for a picture book where the words and pictures are the first published work of one individual.

Cambridgeshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Education and Learning, Councillor David Harty said “The award promotes exciting new talent and encourages youngsters to explore words, stories and pictures. The winner is voted for by children in primary schools in Cambridgeshire.”

Children will read, discuss and then vote for their favourite book from a shortlist of eight outstanding titles, all published during 2013.

The book receiving the most votes will be declared the "Read it Again!” winner at a special ceremony to be held in early summer.

As well as enjoying the books, children will have the opportunity to correspond with the creators via letters and email.

Last year's award, won by Jenni Desmond for her amazing book, "Red Cat, Blue Cat", involved over 7,500 children from 58 local schools.