7:06 PM 19th January 2020
The Big Malarkey: Hull Book Award Shortlist Announcement
The Big Malarkey Festival
The shortlist has been announced for the James Reckitt Hull Children’s Book Award 2020. Featuring the must-read children’s books for 2020, the winner will be chosen by Hull's young people.
The award, which began 13 years ago, aims to foster a love of reading by introducing young people to new writers and titles they might not normally discover.
Providing inspiration to parents, teachers and children, a bumper consignment of these titles will be distributed to schools signed up to Hull Schools' Library Service this week, with author visits planned for the coming months. Children will then be invited to attend this year's award ceremony as part of the Big Malarkey Festival, where they will vote for their favourite story to decide who should be crowned the winner.
Divided into two age categories, the KS2 shortlist includes: D-Day Dog
by Tom Palmer, Storm Hound
by Claire Fayers, Charlie Changes into a Chicken
by Sam Copeland, The Magic Place
by Chris Wormell and Mr Tiger, Betsy and The Sea Dragon
by Sally Gardner.
The KS3 shortlisted entries include: Pog
by Padraig Kenny, Lost
by Eve Ainsworth, Can you see me?
by Libby Scott and Rebecca Westcott, The Peculiar Peggs of Riddling Woods
by Samuel J Halpin and Where the River Runs Gold
by Sita Brahmachari.
Christine Hill, Principal Librarian at Hull Libraries, explains:
“We’re delighted to announce the shortlisted entries for The James Reckitt Hull Children’s Book Award which is now in its 13th year. Over the course of last year, newly published titles, suitable for young people at Key Stage 2 and 3, were read by our army of volunteers, who reviewed each title and gave it a score. This information was then used to draw up our shortlist, with the winners announced at the Big Malarkey Festival."
“I believe we are the only library service to run a book award where it is a live vote by the children on the day. Encouraging young people to share their opinions about books and to engage in a positive debate is a great experience and one we’re extremely proud of. The award also gives children the opportunity to meet the writers of the books they are reading, and to vote for their favourite, at The Big Malarkey Festival - which is an incredible experience and one that will help to foster a love of reading.”
All of the shortlisted books are available to borrow for free at Hull’s libraries. Save the date for the fourth Big Malarkey Festival, which takes place in East Park in Hull on 27 and 28 June 2020.
For more information visit: www.thebigmalarkeyfestival.com