In June more than 200 school children in Herefordshire will be taking part in two exciting new book events at Hereford’s Shirehall.
The council’s Herefordshire Libraries service is organising the events and are hoping to inspire young people to enjoy reading for pleasure. The Carnegie and Kate Greenaway prizes are judged by the nation's librarians and are the oldest and most prestigious children’s book awards in the UK.
The Carnegie Medal is awarded annually to the writer of an outstanding book for children and The Kate Greenaway Medal for the best illustration in a book for children.
Primary school children will be looking at the picture books, talking about them, creating art inspired by them and voting on their favourite one. Students from Hereford College of Arts will be helping the children with their art works, which will then go on display at Hereford Library later this summer.
Secondary school children will read the eight shortlisted books which include: Blood Family by Anne Fine, Ghost Hawk by Susan Cooper and The Wall by William Sutcliffe. Each school will do a short performance about their chosen book and there will be an inter-school debate about which book should win. Once the young people have voted for their favourite the best-selling author, Jasper Fforde, will entertain them with a talk about his life as an author of both adult and children’s fiction. Jasper Fforde is author of the Dragonslayer books set in a fictional version of Hereford.
Anne-Marie Dossett, Herefordshire Council librarian, has said: “We are really excited about this event, there are so many fantastic new children’s books out there and we can’t wait to find out which one the children in Herefordshire vote for. We are also very pleased that Jasper Fforde will be performing, he is a funny and talented writer, it will be a great opportunity for the young people to find out more about becoming a writer.”
To keep up to date with events taking place at Herefordshire Libraries visit the Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/herefordshirelibraries