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Young readers throughout Lancashire have chosen their winners of the tenth annual Fantastic Book Awards


Pupils aged nine to eleven in 120 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.

Ceremonies were held in five primary schools earlier today to announce the winning authors and books:

Tracey Corderoy – Baddies, Beasties and a Sprinkling of Crumbs!
Neil Gaiman – Fortunately, the Milk….
Peter Hamilton – The Queen of Dreams
Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre – Oliver and the Seawigs
Kate Scott – Boy in Tights

The main aim of the awards is to support reading for pleasure and enjoyment by introducing newly published fiction titles to nine to eleven year-old pupils.

Marcus Johnstone, Lancashire County Council’s cabinet member for environment, planning and cultural services, said: “I really applaud this initiative. It is one I fully support.

“We are committed to maintaining the high levels and standards of literacy in Lancashire and this is a fun way that we engage with our children to encourage them to read.

“We particularly like the books to be read in a book club, so the pupils can share their thoughts in a relaxed setting and foster enthusiasm for reading and discussion.

“I’m so pleased that the Fantastic Book Awards are now enjoying their tenth successful year and I’m sure they will enjoy many more.”

Every school and all participating pupils receive certificates celebrating their achievements.

For more information please telephone 01772 534045 or email preston.sls@lancashire.gov.uk

Alternatively visit www.lancashire.gov.uk and search under ‘libraries’.


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