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Fantastic Book Awards 2016 launch

This year’s Fantastic Book Awards will be launched by children’s author Geraldine McCaughrean at the Woodlands Conference Centre in Chorley tomorrow, Wednesday 21 September.

Over 120 teachers are expected to attend the official launch of the book awards initiative for Lancashire’s primary schools, developed by Lancashire’s school library service.

These awards will run until May 2017 and will involve thousands of children from Lancashire schools.

The main aim of the awards is to support reading for pleasure and enjoyment by introducing newly published fiction titles to 9 -11 year old pupils, and encourage them to meet and discuss them at informal book clubs.

County Councillor Marcus Johnstone, cabinet member for environment, planning and cultural services, said: “I think this is a tremendous initiative. Research tells us that interest in reading sadly declines considerably when children move on from primary to secondary school.

“I really enjoyed reading when I was at school, and when I get time I still love nothing better than settling down with a good novel. We are fully committed to maintaining the high levels and standards of literacy here in Lancashire and I’ll take a keen interest in who’s won next May.”

Geraldine McCaughrean is a multi-award winning children’s author. Her latest publication, Stories from Shakespeare, commemorates the 400-year anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.

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