Here are the awards for 2016!
It’s a beautiful sunny afternoon on Thursday 12th May and yet another Children’s Book Awards slips into the sunset!
Yes, that’s year nine done and dusted, and the committee are all looking forward to our tenth birthday! So roll on the Heart of Hawick Children’s Book Awards 2017! If you want to be ahead of the game, check out our website later on this year to find out which books make the shortlist!
We had another bumper year with five outstanding authors attending the ceremony and doing school visits in the morning.
Amanda had the pupils wrapped up in her ‘Scarf and a Half’ story. No really, she did! Luckily he escaped!
Abi produced a suitcase full of treasures from her round the world travels at Denholm. She stressed the importance of “looking up from our screens, getting outside and having adventures.”
Stirches/Newcastleton had a preposterous visit from Tracy. Where they played games and used their imaginations to create stories.
A sticky situation arose at Burnfoot after a visit from A Bogie! That’s Anna Bogie! She did two sessions with P1 and P2s, where she introduced them to her new book “YUCK!”
The pupils at Wilton were urged by Kerr to “enjoy the read, then go and have an adventure of your own.”
He stressed that it was important to strive for your dreams, as it took him 10 years to get his book published.
Thanks to Danny and Sam for their video clips, which amused the audience greatly.
Special thanks must go to: -
Alasdair Hutton, last year’s Junior Fiction winner, who very kindly visited Drumlanrig and was the Master of Ceremonies.
Norman Latimer who painstakingly read all the reviews and had the very difficult job of picking a winner. (Review Competition Judge) Julie Richards who captured the day’s events through the lens of her camera and, most importantly, to all the children who read the books and voted for their favourite.
Kuba Raczynski - St Margaret’s
Rhian Oliver - Drumlanrig
Bailey Jamieson - Denholm
Grace Hirtenstein - Trinity
Jessica Scott - Stirches
Molly McNulty - Wilton
Brooke Hollett - Burnfoot
Kate Adamson - Newcastleton
Thanks once again to Main Street Trading Book Shop, St Boswells who kindly donated a book token to each finalist.
Many congratulations to Jessica Scott, Stirches Primary School for being named the overall winner of the competition. She received a family pass to the Borders Book Festival in Melrose.
Congratulations to all the prizewinners and we look forward to seeing what you can produce next year on our 10th Birthday!
WANTED! Ralfy Rabbit, Book Burglar
By Emily MacKenzie
By Sam Watkins
Illustrator David O’Connell
Click below for more on each book!