The idea to organise a Book Award aimed specifically for secondary school children began with the launch of the Grampian Children’s Book Award in 2004. 16 years on, S1-S3 pupils are still being encouraged to share their passion for reading and vote for one of the 6 shortlisted titles.
Pupils take an active part in selecting, reading and reviewing quality fiction as well as getting the opportunity to vote for the winning book. As a reward for their efforts, participants can attend an award ceremony where they get the opportunity to meet the authors along with other like-minded pupils from other schools in the region.
Books published in the UK from a specific time period are nominated by pupils, librarians and teachers, producing a long list of approximately 20 books. Pupils get involved at the beginning of the school year by selecting and voting for the books they would like to appear in the shortlist. Results are then collated, and the final 6 titles are announced.
The award is open to schools across Aberdeenshire, Aberdeen and Moray and is run in various ways. Some schools use the library reading group, others promote it through the English classes where pupils are encouraged to read the books and take part in the competitions.
One of the most popular competitions is making a 2-minute-long book trailer where the technical expertise and imagination of the entries always impresses the judges.
To view some of the past winning competition entries and for further information please visit the Grampian Children’s Book Award website