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Children's book award goes from strength to strength

PUBLISHED: 13:05 08 March 2013 | UPDATED: 21:05 05 April 2013

Children's book award goes from strength to strength

Children's book award goes from strength to strength

The Oxfordshire Book Award began in 2007 as the West Oxfordshire Book Award with five secondary schools taking part...

Childrens book award goes from strength to strength

The Oxfordshire Book Award began in 2007 as the West Oxfordshire Book Award with five secondary schools taking part. Following much press attention, the following year the Oxfordshire Book Award was launched with three primary and 18 secondary schools taking part. Now in its fifth year, there are currently 28 primary and 22 secondary schools participating which culminate in an award ceremony held in Abingdon in October.

Winning authors who have attended include Ally Kennen, Michael Rosen, Nick Sharratt, Rachel Ward, Michael Morpurgo, Axel Scheffler, Malorie Blackman, Patrick Ness, Nadia Shireen and Tony Ross.

Students read and nominate books they would like to see shortlisted, and then read and score each shortlisted book they would like to see win an award in each of the three categories. Primary school students vote for Best Primary Book and Best Picture Book and Secondary School students vote for the third category Best Secondary Book. This year the contenders are:

Best Picture Book

The Really, Really, Really Big Dinosaur Book Richard Byrne

Little Nellys Big Book Pippa Goodhart and Andy Rowland

A Bus Called Heaven Bob Graham

Best Primary Book

Wonder R.J. Palacio

Four Children and it Jacqueline Wilson

The Abominables Eva Ibbotson

Best Secondary Book

Butterfly Summer Anne-Marie Conway

Hero on a Bicycle Shirley Hughes

Hitlers Angel William Osborne

Mortal Chaos Matt Dickinson

The One Dollar Horse Lauren St John

BZRK Michael Grant

If your school doesnt currently participate in the Oxfordshire Book Award and you would like to get involved, please contact:

Lynne Cooper, The Library, Burford School, Cheltenham Road, BURFORD, Oxfordshire OX18 4PL, tel: 01993 825322, email:

Pictured: Last year's winning authors: Tony Ross, Patrick Ness and Nadia Shireen


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