Thursday, 15 May 2014

Surrey Libraries' Festival for Children

Following on from our Children's Book Award, our Festival for Children begins next Saturday. We have lots of book and story related events running in many of our libraries between 24th May and 12th July. It all starts with a creative writing workshop led by Young People's Laureate for Wales, Martin Daws, at Ashford Library. Other events include authors such as A F Harrold and Jane Lawes talking about their books, storytellers, stop-frame animation, crafts, comic and manga drawing workshops, drumming, multi-lingual rhymetimes and Pebble parties. The full list of events can be found here.

Friday, 9 May 2014

St Matthew's School art workshop

St Matthew's School ran a workshop as a finale to the Children's Book Award.

As you can see the Year 3 and Year 4 pupils created some very individual and imaginative book jackets based on the 'My Funny Family' books and were truly inspired by meeting children's author Chris Higgins.

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

The children had fun at the Book Award Ceremony

We mentioned that the children from our Champion schools came up on stage and gave presentations during the Children's Book award Ceremony.

This included:
  • St John's school performing a Magical Peppers role play.
  • South Camberley writing their own adventure for Claude and Sir Bobblysocks and producing book adverts.
  • Kingfield  school talking about and showing the art work they had created.
  • Loseley field school shared their thoughts about the shortlisted books.
  • Weyfield Primary school made a tap dance video.
  • St Bartholomew's school read out their reviews and shared their artwork.
These were all fantastic. Well done to all of the children.

Loseley Fields Primary School have allowed us to share their artwork here. It looks like they had a lot of fun being a Champion School.

Thursday, 1 May 2014

Surrey Libraries' Children's Book Award Winner Announced

We are so pleased to announce that the winner of Surrey Libraries' 2014 Children's Book Award is Steve Hartley, for his book "Oliver Fibbs: Attack of the Alien Brain".

This year over 900 children sent in their votes for the five shortlisted books. From the reviews on our blog we can see why the children enjoyed Steve's book so much.

Steve was presented with the award at a ceremony held in Woking on 30th April. This was a fun event, with all the shortlisted authors (Atinuke, Alex T Smith, Chris Higgins, Sian Pattenden and Steve Hartley) either taking part or sending messages of thanks. Both Steve and Sian came to the event and entertained us with stories about their lives as writers. All of the Champion schools also came to the ceremony and the children gave fantastic presentations and showed videos they had created about the shortlisted books.

Following the award presentation Steve sent us this message of thanks.

Hi Everyone!

I just wanted to say a huge, mega “thank you” for making Oliver Fibbs Attack of the Alien Brain the 2014 Surrey Libraries Children’s Book of the Year. I am absolutely chuffed to bits!
I really didn’t expect to win because the other books were all so brilliant. But I don’t need to tell you that, do I? You read them all!

Your presentations were fab: tap-dancing, magic, acting, stories, illustrations, TV adverts, and fancy rocks! You all clearly had loads of fun doing activities based on the five short-listed books. That is what awards like this are all about – showing how great stories are. Oliver Fibbs won the 
award, but books were the real winners.

Thank you once again, and KEEP READING!!!

Steve Hartley

(a.k.a. "The Fibster")

Well done to Steve and thank you to all of our five shortlisted authors for writing such great books and being involved with this years Off the Page Surrey Libraries' Children's Book Award. A big thank you to all the schools and Chatterbooks groups involved in championing the award too. The reviews and art you have shared on this blog have been brilliant.