We're voting in the Spark! Children’s Book Awards!
This term, we are joining eighty schools across Kingston and Richmond to take part in the brand new Spark! Children’s Book Awards. The children will be told all about it during our ‘at school’ World Book Day celebration on Thursday 11th March but we’d love parents and carers to get involved too!
Children from our two boroughs will be the judges and decide which three books, from a shortlist selected by teachers, booksellers and librarians, will be awarded the first ever Spark! Awards.
Over the next two months, we would like the children to try and read four shortlisted books in their age category. At school, they will have the opportunity to hear from the authors, enter competitions and finally vote on their favourite book, which will be announced at an online awards ceremony in June.
Although we are ordering some books for reading in school, it would be lovely for the children to have copies for their personal use at home. If you think you may order online, please consider using Bookshop.org, which supports independent bookshops, and is offering the titles at a discounted rate via this link.
You can find out more about the shortlisted books, including a blurb on each, on the website here.
The aim of the Spark! Children’s Book Awards is to encourage children to develop their love of reading and introduce them to books that reflect the exciting and diverse nature of our local community. It has been a difficult year for us all and stories with ‘heart’ offer a comforting distraction during tricky times.
We’ll keep you updated when events and activities are announced but you can find out more about the Spark! Awards by following them across a range of social media: Website | Twitter | Facebook. You might also like to watch the shortlisting video here.