Leeds Book Awards started in 2009 and has evolved into a successful city wide initiative, run jointly between Leeds School Library Service and Leeds Public Libraries.
The Award is now a fantastic opportunity for pupils aged 9- 11, 11-14 and 14-16 to take part and vote for the best children’s and young people’s (CYP) books published in the last year.
As a child friendly city, Leeds Libraries wanted to give CYP their own Book Award, where they would have a voice and influence over the books they enjoy reading. Through the LBA, CYP can suggest titles for consideration and their votes decide the winners.
Primary and High School registration forms are available to download from www.leeds.gov.uk/sls between September and November
Registration entitles schools to:
The 6 shortlisted titles are announced in December and LBA groups meet between January and April. Groups are an opportunity to discuss and share opinions on the books and to submit individual reviews onto the www.leedsbookawards.co.uk website. CYP really enjoy seeing their review on the live website and reading what other CYP think of the book.
Any young person can take part in the Awards, through their local library, even if their school isn’t signed up. They can borrow the books, submit reviews and fill in a voting form at the library. Voting closes at Easter.
Whilst the CYP are busy reading and reviewing, Library staff are busy planning the Awards ceremonies in May. All authors are invited to attend, the winner is announced, and CYP have the opportunity to meet them, buy their favourite book and get it personally signed.