This year’s Brilliant Book Award will be launched online today (Thursday 14 January) by children’s author and illustrator, Alex Milway.
Alex’s book, Hotel Flamingo, was the winner of this new award when it started in 2020.
This award, developed by Lancashire’s School Library Service, involves hundreds of children from Lancashire primary schools reading new books and voting for their favourite.
The main aim of the award is to encourage children aged six and seven years old to develop a love of reading for pleasure by introducing them to newly-published fiction titles, and encouraging them to read and to discuss the books.
At this year’s launch, young readers will receive a special digital reading message from Alex, who is a strong advocate of reading for pleasure.
100 primary schools are invited to watch the official launch of the awards. The books that have been chosen for the children to read will be revealed at the launch.
The winning title for this year’s Brilliant Book Award will be announced to primary schools in June 2021.
County Councillor Peter Buckley, Lancashire County Council’s cabinet member for community and cultural services, said: “We started this tremendous initiative to encourage young readers quite recently.
“I’m delighted that the Brilliant Book Award has enjoyed a successful year, and that more children have been encouraged to discover the pleasure of a good book. This year has been a really tough one due to coronavirus, and I hope that reading has been able to help some children.
“We are fully committed to maintaining the high levels and standards of literacy here in Lancashire, and the award is an important contribution towards this. I will be taking a keen interest to see who has won next June.”
County Councillor Phillippa Williamson, cabinet member for children, young people and schools, said: “This is a really great initiative. It should get children reading, as well as making reading fun for younger children, and it is also something they can do with their families.
“I hope that it helps us to get more children reading for pleasure more regularly, and feeling more enthusiastic about reading.
“Ultimately we hope that it is an engaging way to raise literacy levels and to embed reading for pleasure into formal education.
“I’m keen that we do all we can to encourage children to read. Even better if we can promote a love of books that remains for life.
“Importantly this award demonstrates the impact of schools working with our School Library Service to run effective schemes.”
Primary schools will receive a signed copy of Alex Milway’s Hotel Flamingo: Carnival Caper, for taking part.
Alex Milway is the creator of the Pigsticks and Harold series.
More information about Alex is available at: www.alexmilway.com