Shaun, a school librarian in Sheffield, writes about his experience of Local Book Awards:
Berkshire Local Book Awards
The Berkshire Book Award was launched in 2004 by a small group of school librarians. Its aim was to provide a book award for those younger members of book groups who often found the Carnegie shortlist difficult. Young people aged 11-14 who live or go to school in Berkshire take part through their schools or public libraries. It is THEIR book award. The Award is launched by an author in October and titles may be nominated until December by the young people. A shortlist of 6 or 7 is then announced and from January to March is the reading and reviewing process. In February a Pen to Page event is held when pupils from participating schools get together to discuss the shortlisted books. Voting takes place in March and the trophy is engraved with the winner for the following year’s launch. The event has gone from strength to strength and is now part of the annual literary calendar for over 60 Berkshire schools. The website – http://www.berkshirebookaward.org.uk/ provides a forum for discussion, book reviews and resources
A new award, launched in January 2011, is the Stan Lee Excelsior Book award, run by Sheffield school librarian Paul Register. You can read more about the award here.
We’re really lucky in Sheffield to have a fantastic School’s Library Service. For the past 22, yes 22 years, they’ve been organising the Sheffield Children’s Book Awards. It’s grown in that time from a handful of schools taking part to nearly every school in the city being involved. The much anticipated Awards Ceremony is now held in the City Hall Auditorium and attracted over 1,500 children, librarians and staff.