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The Dudley Children’s Book Award is designed to encourage young people to read regularly and more widely and to try books they might not usually choose.
Dudley Borough secondary school librarians work with their pupils by reading and nominating books (which must have been published in the current year and are not a sequel or part of a series) to produce a longlist of books. The librarians from the schools that take part then discuss the choices and decide on a short list of 7 books. The aim is for pupils to read all, or as many of them as they can.
The nominated authors, staff and students who have taken part are invited to attend a celebration event, hosted by our school in The Dormston Mill Theatre. This well respected annual occasion will begin with pupils being able to choose and buy books before settling down to listen to talks and presentations given by the authors. There will be time for question and answers followed by the much anticipated announcement of the winning book and author. The afternoon will conclude with refreshments, a chance to meet the authors, to have books signed and photographs taken.
Creating lots of excitement for the love of reading and generating fantastic book discussions, this is our very own local book shadowing opportunity that goes from strength to strength each year and we welcome and encourage all our pupils to take part.