The winners of the 14th annual Fantastic Book Awards have been chosen by young readers in Lancashire.
Pupils aged nine to eleven from 157 schools across the county have read six books from a list of 30, during the autumn and spring terms.
The children voted for their favourite at the end of the spring term and the winners were announced at ceremonies held in five primary schools earlier today:
Emma Carroll – Letters from the Lighthouse
Tom Fletcher – The Creakers
Dave Lowe – The Incredible Dadventure
Adam Stower – King Koo
Sharon Tregenza – The Jewelled Jaguar
The main aim of the awards, organised by Lancashire County Council’s School Library Service, is to support reading for pleasure and enjoyment by introducing newly-published fiction titles to nine to eleven year-old pupils.
Julie Bell, head of libraries, museums, culture and registrars at Lancashire County Council, said: “The awards involve thousands of children from primary schools across Lancashire avidly reading and then discussing books. They then get the chance to vote on the books that they like the best at the end of the spring term.
“This is a fun way to engage with our children to encourage them to read and importantly help us to maintain the county’s high levels of literacy.
“We particularly like the books to be read in a book club, so that the pupils can share their thoughts with each other in a relaxed setting.
“I’m delighted the Fantastic Book Awards have enjoyed another successful year, and that more children have been encouraged to discover the pleasure of a good book.”
The five primary schools where ceremonies were held are:
Deepdale Community Primary School, Preston
Flakefleet Primary School, Fleetwood
Bradley Primary School, Nelson
Rosewood Primary School, Burnley
Ashleigh Primary School, Darwen