The Trinity Schools Book Award was originally set up for a group of independent schools in the South East of England. Now in it’s fourth year, it has expanded to include other schools who would like to join. I have to declare an interest, in that I am part of this group, but that is not the only reason I am writing about this on Heart.
School Librarians around the country – and local School Library Services (where they still exist) have set up book awards all around the country. To see the variety of these look at the Local Book Awards tab on Heart. One, quite notably, has become a national award because it is so unique – the Excelsior Award which is the only book award to focus solely on Graphic Novels. This award is the brainchild of Paul Register, who was a school librarian when he set it up, and now is an independent trainer who teaches on the importance of graphic novels.
So with this plethora of local book awards, why am I flagging up the Trinity Schools Book Award as being a bit different? Well, we believe that our USP is that alongside the normal book reviews and reading the books, we have set up a Creative Response Review. The responses from the pupils to the books has been quite staggering! I thought that their responses deserved a wider audience, and that this is perhaps something that you might consider for your award as well. The creative response brings out a different side to the books, and the authors are usually delighted. Sarah Govett, who won this year’s Award with her book The Territory delightedly tweeted screenshots of the responses to her book after the winning announcement. To look at the Creative Responses to this year’s books on the theme of A New World, click on the link. You can see Creative Responses from other years as well, including an Everest cake, a lego response to Mortal Engines, a sea shanty, a piece of music, cosplay, and much more! Look under the Creative Responses tab on the website to see the other four years. Click on the logo at the start of this piece to visit the website – and enjoy!