The favourite books of Leeds’ school children have been celebrated this month in two special ceremonies.
The 2016 Leeds Book Awards once again proved to be a big hit for young people in Leeds, with over 800 children from 67 primary schools and 21 high schools packing into Pudsey Civic Hall, to find out which books and authors would be named as the winners in the 9-11, 11-14 and 14-16 age categories. With the young people also having the chance to vote for their own particular favourite after reading, reviewing and discussing each shortlisted book, excitement in Pudsey Civic Hall was at fever pitch as the winners were announced.
Taking the honours in the 9-11 category was Gill Lewis with “Gorilla Dawn”, while in the 11-14 category, Andrew Norriss was named as the winner for “Jessica’s Ghost”. Triumphing in the 14-16 category was Lisa Williamson with “The Art of Being Normal”.
With the winners names revealed and many of the authors also in attendance, children were given the fantastic opportunity to meet their favourite writer and have their books signed. Reviews submitted by the school children can be read along with the information about all the shortlisted authors on www.leedsbookawards.co.uk
The popularity of the Leeds Book Awards is at an all-time high with school children in the city, with nominations already opening for next year’s categories.
Lisa Williamson 14 -16 winner with pupils from Leeds East Academy
Gill Lewis 9-11 winner in her gorilla costume presented by pupils at Sharp Lane Primary School
Andrew Norriss winner of 11-14 award with MC Mike Garry pupil from Leeds West academy