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Leeds Book Awards 2019

Tuesday 21st May | 2 comments

The Year 6 Leeds Book Awards book club had a fantastic time at the Leeds Book Awards Ceremony (age 9-11) this morning. The event is held at Pudsey Civic Hall so we were able to leave school right away and be the first to arrive! With front row seats secured, we enjoyed the buzz in the air as 500 excited children arrived with their teachers. It is an amazing atmosphere of book lovers who have all read and reviewed the same six books.

The ceremony was brilliant! We heard from each of the shortlisted authors as they described their books, gave tips for writing and explained what had inspired them to write. We all came away feeling inspired!

This year, we were fortunate to have one of our submitted questions chosen to be read out on stage. Charlie was invited to ask her question, “I sometimes struggle to think of titles. How do you get your ideas for titles?” During the comedy segment of the show, James was invited up on stage to be a “pie holder.” He was very funny and did a great job! Elizabeth had a lovely surprise when the author of her favourite book, Dragon Daughter, thanked her for  writing an on-line review that really meant a lot to her.

Finally, the winner was announced! Dragon Daughter by Liz Flanagan! Elizabeth was the first to congratulate her and have her sign our book.

After the ceremony, we had the opportunity to meet each of the authors and ask them to autograph our books. It is always inspiring to meet someone you look up to and dream of achieving something similar one day.


2 responses to “Leeds Book Awards 2019”

  1. Marion Cole says:

    This looks like a great trip. Was it open to everyone or just a select few? What a shame more children weren’t able to join in.

    • KateHeap says:

      Unfortunately, seats are very limited. Every year, we choose our very best Year 6 readers to join the book club and attend the ceremony. In the coming weeks, they will be sharing the books with others and everyone will have a chance to read them.
      This year, we were fortunate to have one of the short-listed authors, Vashti Hardy, visit our school so all of Key Stsge Two could benefit.

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