On the 12th November pupils from across the county celebrated the 13th annual Hampshire Book Award. The award is organised by Hampshire County Council’s School Library Service and this year involved over 430 students from 50 secondary schools across Hampshire.
Congratulations to Jonathan Stroud, our winner this year with the spooky The Screaming Staircase.
Councilor McNair Scott, Chairman of the Culture and Communities Select Committee said: “The Hampshire Book Award is hugely popular, and every year it motivates hundreds of young people to take a keener interest in books, by giving them the responsibility of judging a prestigious award. Pupils were given evaluation guidelines and were asked to reflect on enjoyment, enrichment and engagement. As a means of promoting reading for pleasure and literacy at Key Stage 3, the award has shown to have had a positive and significant impact within the Schools who have taken part.”
Pupils were presented with goodie bags, activity sheets and some lucky guests even won a prize.
Jonathan lead a wonderful 45 minute talk for students about how he became a writer, where his inspiration for his books came from, and what kind of gear you need to become a ghost hunter!
This was followed by an opportunity to meet Jonathan and have a copy of his book signed by the man himself.
Hampshire Libraries and Hampshire School Library Service would like to say a massive thank you to Jonathan, and all the pupils who came to make this event so special. Look out for next years shortlist!
Our live tweets can be found under #HBA15 on Twitter, where you can see some exclusive photos of the day.