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Hampshire School Library Service Book Awards, Jill Florence

Hampshire SLS run four book awards each year, a picture book award for Year 1, an information book award for Year 4, an illustrated book award for Year 5 and one for year 8.

The senior Hampshire Book Award (HBA) is voted on by Year 8 students across the whole of Hampshire and this year we had 39 secondary schools taking part.

Librarians, teachers, year 9 students and SLS staff nominated possible titles for the longlist from paperback books published between September 2017 and August 2018. The shortlisting panel of secondary school librarians and SLS staff met to decide the 6 titles to go onto the shortlist.  

The Hampshire Book Award supports the KS3 English curriculum, promotes the enjoyment of reading and gives enthusiastic readers the opportunity to shine in their chosen field of interest in the same way as other students are encouraged in their aspirations in sport, music or drama. The event was open to all secondary schools who would be SLS subscribers in the summer of 2019. A minimum of 10/maximum of 12 year 8 students make up a school’s panel of judges.

These students are be expected to

  • attend the launch meeting of the shortlisted titles during the launch week of 18 March 2019
  • read ALL six novels on the shortlist by the end of June 2019
  • attend in-school discussion meetings 
  • participate in the voting process
  • be prepared to talk about the books on the shortlist with pupils from their own and other participating schools

There is always much excitement around the launch of the award and the enthusiasm of the students shows through as each shortlisted book is revealed along with a tempting summary of the novel outlined. Students are expected to be a book critic not just a reader. The winning book needs to be not only a great story but one that offers readers something extra- Enjoyment, Enrichment or Engagement.

Students meet in their school library once a week or once a fortnight over a period of 15 weeks to discuss the books, trying hard not to give away any plot lines or cliff hanger moments in any of the books.

This year’s shortlist included:

The Extinction Trials by S M Wilson

Refugee by Alan Gratz

Satellite by Nick Lake

Scarecrow by Danny Weston

Shell by Paula Rawsthorne

Things a Bright Girl Can Do by Sally Nicholls

The grand finale of the award took place on the morning of 3rd July with four simultaneous regional events where local schools came together to have a final discussion about each book and cast their vote for the winning title. Each regional event had at least 120 students attending. Votes were then counted at each event and phoned in to SLS HQ where the Digital Team put together the final PowerPoint and loaded it onto our Moodle for SLS Advisers to play to the waiting audience. The books which didn’t win were randomly removed from the screen one by one, to uproarious feet stamping and clapping as each book was discounted to reveal the overall winner! The students loved being at the event and finding out the winner of the HBA that morning.

The winner of the Hampshire Book Award 2019 is ……………Shell by Paula Rawsthorne. We are absolutely delighted that Paula will be coming to Winchester in October to be presented with a trophy and to give a talk to the students who took part and ultimately voted Shell as the winner.

Lewisham Book Awards Event, Elizabeth Bentley

 This year I was delighted to be invited to act as one of the judges at this event. While there are many local book awards around the country, the Lewisham event is perhaps rather different. 

The shortlist for the Lewisham Book Award is drawn up by the school librarians of the schools which take part (not all Lewisham schools, unfortunately). Over the years there have been different kinds of lists, sometimes just for Years 7 and 8, and sometimes with an additional list drawn up with the older students in mind.

 This year there were two lists. For Years 7 and 8 the titles chosen were: Rebound by Kwame Alexander; The Disappearances by Emily Bain Murphy; Boy Underwater by Adam Baron; Refugee by Alan Gratz; The Uncracked Code by Tamara MacFarlane.

For Year 9 the titles chosen were: Tender by Eve Ainsworth; I Am Thunder by Muhammad Khan; Outwalkers by Fiona Shaw; Dear Martin by Nic Stone; This Mortal Coil by Emily Surada.

To participate, students can pick up the books from their school libraries or in the public library’s digital library, Overdrive.  

But whatever the titles or the lists, each year around May there has been the event, in which we have invited Year 7 and 8 students from the schools who have read all the books on their list to take part. The students are put into mixed teams from the various schools, and allocated one book from the list. They then create a presentation designed to sell their title to a bookshop. They are expected to have 4 slides as detailed below : to introduce themselves, to introduce the book, to explain how the cover and the blurb will help sell the book and the sales terms and incentives which they offer to the bookseller.

The Mission

Aim: To persuade the bookshop buyers to order 100 copies of your book.

Your Role: As members of the Publisher’s marketing team, you must create a presentation that outlines the best features of your book, for example, the cover, the blurb, the characters.

The buyers can only afford one book order but will it be yours?

Double Challenge: You are all being observed individually and as a team during the morning.  It is therefore essential that:

  1. When your book is revealed you quickly identify its positive points, and
  2. Ensure that everyone in the team has a task and is able to contribute.

Slide 1: The title of your book, the author and the names of your team members

Slide 2: No more than 5 bullet points to describe why the front cover and the blurb will attract readers to buy your book. Don’t forget to include the age range your book is aimed at.

Slide 3: Explain why your story stands out and will be popular with readers. Consider the setting, the characters, the hook or one particular event (no more than 4 bullet points).

Slide 4: The bookseller will be looking to buy 100 copies of your book for their stores. The cover price for your book is £6.99. What incentives and/or discounts could you offer to the bookseller to secure a sale?

 The students are assessed on their ability to collaborate and involve everyone in their group, which as they may have met for the first time that afternoon is in itself an achievement. The judges circulate among them and chat and then sit as a panel to listen to all the presentations – 11 this year. This year the judges included a publisher, an author (Adam Baron, author of one of the books), the host school’s deputy head and myself. We were able to put questions to the various teams.

Then while Adam entertained the teams, the rest of us went off, armed with his notes, and chose the winner. Inevitably this was far from easy. There were gold, silver and bronze medals, and then all the students were able to choose a book to take home with them, from a selection provided by the different schools.

 This has proved a very effective way of getting more value out of the Award, and I hope it will continue, alongside the more wide-ranging Lewisham Book Quiz which the school librarians run in March, based loosely on the KIdsLitQuiz, but with the librarians setting the questions appropriate to our students.

You can see a short film made at the Lewisham Book Awards here.

Nowadays, students do not vote for an overall winner of the Book Award – all the shortlisted books are effectively winners.

Pupil Library Assistant of the Year Award

This new Award is to recognise the contribution made by pupils who work in their school libraries, to acknowledge the skills gained and to give them the recognition they deserve, both within and outside their school community.

Nominations can be made by the School Librarian, by emailing the nomination to president@cilip.org.uk by 31 October 2014.

A shortlist of candidates will be drawn up by the Judging Panel and announced during the first week of the school term in January. Shortlisted pupils will be asked to submit a portfolio of evidence by 13th February 2015 and the shortlisted nominees will be invited to an Awards Ceremony, to be held on Thursday 12th March at a London venue.

The winner of the Award will receive:

£100 worth of books
£100 worth of books for their school library
Glass book trophy x 2 for the winner and for their school librarian/library
A certificate

Shortlisted nominees will receive:

£50 worth of books
A certificate
For full information about the award and the nomination criteria, please download the guidelines below.

To submit a nomination, please use the link below to download the required paperwork.

School libraries
– See more at: http://www.cilip.org.uk/school-libraries-group/pupil-library-assistant-year-award#sthash.c60yvYdz.dpuf