Secondary schools across Calderdale joined forces in judging authors and their tales as part of the second day of the Calderdale Children’s Book of the Year awards at Halifax Central Library.
Organised by the Discover team, pupils worked closely with authors before they voted for their favourite books while prizes for the best children’s reviews were awarded to youngsters by coun Steve Sweeney, communities portfolio holder.
The best book was awarded to Cliff McNish with ‘The Hunting Ground’ (Orion) while other nominated titles were ‘The Ministry of Pandemonium’ by Chris Westwood, ‘Hitler’s Angel’ by William Osborne, ‘All Fall Down’ by Sally Nicholls and ‘The Night Sky in my Head’ by Sarah Hammond.
Alison Roberts, of the Discover team, said: “Everyone had a lovely day. The young people are always excited to meet and work with the authors and they really enjoyed reading the books this year.”
The annual event - which is now in its thirteenth year - involves 12 primary and secondary schools from Calderdale at two separate events.
As part of both days children select their favourite reads.
Speaking at the primary level Book of the Year awards, Lynne Hackett, Discover Learning manager, said: “Reading’s the basis of everything, of academic success. A lot of it is about reading for pleasure, reading is something that you can take with you for the rest of your life.”