Preston and Lancashire school children encouraged to read for pleasure as Fantastic Book Awards launched

Posted on - 29th September, 2021 - 12:55pm | Author - | Posted in - Education, Preston News, Schools
The Fantastic Book Awards picks

This year’s Fantastic Book Awards were launched online during Wednesday (29 September) by award-winning author and screenwriter Frank Cottrell-Boyce.


Frank’s books have been shortlisted for many prizes, including the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize, the Whitbread Children’s Fiction Award, and the Roald Dahl Funny Prize.

Millions, his debut children’s novel, won the CILIP Carnegie Medal and was later adapted for the screen by film, television, and stage director and producer, Danny Boyle.

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Young readers were given a special digital reading message from Frank, who is a huge advocate of reading for pleasure.

170 primary schools were invited to watch the official launch of the book awards, developed by Lancashire’s School Library Service.

These awards run until May 2022. They will involve thousands of children from Lancashire primary schools reading and discussing the books and voting for their favourites.

The five winning titles for the Fantastic Book Awards will be announced on Wednesday 25 May 2022.

The main aim of the awards is to support children aged nine to eleven years in reading for pleasure by introducing them to newly published fiction titles, and encouraging them to read and discuss the books.

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County Councillor Peter Buckley, Lancashire County Council’s cabinet member for community and cultural services, said: “I’m pleased that this tremendous initiative to encourage young readers is now up and running. I’m very supportive of it.

“We are fully committed to maintaining the high levels and standards of literacy here in Lancashire, and this is an important way that we do this. I will be taking a keen interest to see who has won next May.”

Primary schools will receive a signed copy of Frank Cottrell-Boyce’s new novel, Noah’s Gold, for taking part.

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