The winners of this year’s Stockport children’s book awards hosted by Stockport Libraries & Information, were announced at a special presentation event.
The presentation evening was held at Edgeley Park hosted by Craig Bradley – ‘That Poetry Bloke’ poet, writer and performer.
Stockport children, aged three to 16 years old, from across the borough, read contemporary books and then voted for their favourite authors and illustrators.
The winners were:
• Best Picture Book: Never Tickle a Tiger by Pamela Butchart and Mark Boutavant published by Bloomsbury Press
• Best Read for Juniors: Imagination Box by Martyn Ford published by Faber and Faber
• Best Teen Read: Jessica’s Ghost by Andrew Norriss published by David Fickling Books
Present to receive their awards were Pamela Butchart, Martyn Ford and Andrew Norriss. Each winner received a piece of original artwork created in local schools.
Stockport children’s book awards was also attended by the Mayor and Mayoress of Stockport, Councillor Chris Gordon and Dr Margaret Gordon who presented awards for the Reader of the Year Award and Most Improved Reader of the Year.
This summer the “Big Friendly Read”, with a Road Dahl theme challenged the children to read 6 books over the holidays and come and tell library staff about their experience. 16 children won tickets to this awards ceremony by completing the challenge.
Councillor David Sedgwick welcomed everyone on the night, as well as presenting St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, Marple Bridge with the Inter School Trophy, for having the highest percentage of children completing the Summer Reading Challenge across the Borough.
Stockport Children’s Book Awards which are now in their 21st year, are highly regarded by the publishing industry as the winners are selected exclusively by children.
The Book Awards project is sponsored by Stockport company, Micro Librarian Systems Limited.
Councillor David Sedgwick, Executive member for Reform & Governance said: “Last night was a great success, and it was wonderful to see all these amazing awards being handed out. Reading is crucial part in growing up and is great to see that all the children have got involved.”
Pictured: children from St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, Marple Bridge with the Inter School Trophy, for having the highest percentage of children completing the Summer Reading Challenge across the Borough.