The award ceremony took place on Wednesday 13th May and around 500 youngsters from across the North East attended.
Authors, Kevin Brooks, James Dawson and Dave Cousins (last year’s winner) were present on the day. Anne Fine, Tom Hoyle and William Sutcliffe were unable to attend but sent video/written messages. The ceremony was hosted by Cathy MacPhail, who is herself a previous winner of the award, and 3 times winner of the Scottish Children’s Book Award. There were prizes on the day too for pupil competitions – book review, creating a poster to advertise the movie of their favourite book, and our newest competition, creating a 2 minute book trailer.
A wonderful time was had by all. I think it’s safe to say the authors enjoyed themselves too. There were drum rolls for the raffles, pupil competitions, and then the culmination of the afternoon – the winner of the 2015 Grampian Children’s Book Award.
And the winner is ………. James Dawson Say Her Name
This year’s fantastic shortlist was
- Kevin Brooks The Ultimate Truth
- Dave Cousins Charlie Merrick’s Misfits
- James Dawson Say Her Name
- Anne Fine Blood Family
- Tom Hoyle Thirteen
- William Sutcliffe The Wall
The Grampian Children’ Book Award, now in its eleventh year, is organised by librarians in Aberdeenshire, Aberdeen City and Moray. It aims to promote literacy and to support the Curriculum for Excellence. This is done by encouraging pupils to take an active part in reading, selecting, and reviewing quality fiction. Young people between 11 and 15 are eligible to take part and vote. They are provided with a longlist at the beginning of September – recommendations for this list can be made by pupils, teachers and librarians. Youngsters vote for a shortlist of 6 (announced in November) and then ultimately they select the winner. We are very proud to say that the youngsters are in charge. The winner is entirely their choice.
For the last 5 years we’ve been lucky enough to be offered Arts Lecture Theatre, University of Aberdeen as part of the May Festival for the ceremony.