This year’s Fantastic Book Awards was launched recently by children’s authors Guy Bass, Karen McCombie and Steven Webb at the Samlesbury Hotel, Preston.
Over 100 teachers attended 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 2018 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 Peter Buckley, Lancashire County Council’s cabinet member for community and cultural services, said: “This tremendous initiative to encourage reading is now running.
“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.”