For many years we have been very lucky to be chosen as a voting school for The Children’s Book Awards. In fact, last year two of our pupils, Stella and Esther, came to London with me to present one of the awards to a winning author.
This year things are a little different, but you can still vote for your favourite book. Rather than sharing the books in school and voting in class we’re going to do it on-line!
There are three age categories, but for now we only have access to the Younger Children Category. They’re all picture books but anyone can enjoy them and vote, not matter how old they are.
All you need to do is watch the videos below. You might recognise the voice of the narrator. You need to listen to the story and enjoy the art work. Both the author and the illustrator of the winning book get prizes, so the pictures are just as important as the words. Once you have watched all three, follow this link and vote.
The other part of our involvement as a school, is producing content for the author and illustrator’s prize portfolio. Every author and illustrator who makes the final shortlist, is given a beautiful book filled with work by children who have enjoyed their work. We saw the books last year at the award ceremony and watched the delight of the recipients. I think the book of children’s work was as important to them as the prizes they received.
So why not have go? Things that work well are drawing a picture of a character or a scene, writing a letter to the author or illustrator, writing about why you enjoyed it. I have even seen acrostic poems and character studies. The most important thing is to make sure your work is beautifully presented and ideally colourful – these become part of the author’s prize! Each piece of work must relate to one book only (but you can do something for more than one author if you like).
Original work can be posted through the school letter box (address it to Mrs Head, Children’s Book Awards) or emailed to me:
firstname.lastname@example.org If you email me a version, please keep the original, as if we do get back to school in time I will post them the originals too as these will look much better in the portfolios. If you can get your work to me by the end of May that would be ideal.
Remember you can vote and produce work whatever year group you are in … everybody can enjoy picture books you are NEVER too old!