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Surrey Libraries' Children's Book Award

The Surrey Libraries' Children's Book Award celebrates the best current fiction written for seven to nine year olds.

Champion Schools

We are seeking 10 enthusiastic Champion Schools whose Year 3 and 4 pupils will be involved in the 2018 Award and help us choose the winner.

Last year’s Champion Schools said of the experience:

  • It created a ripple across the whole school
  • The Children’s Book Award has had a massive impact, it was amazing
  • The children were very excited about taking part and have been recommending books to each other as a result of the project.
  • We really enjoyed reading the books and the children loved the experience. Our author visit was a particular highlight.

You can see what the Champion Schools got up to on the book award blog.

Find out more about being a Champion School and how to apply

The deadline for applications is Friday 27 October 2017.

How all schools can be involved in the Award

Although we are only able to work with 10 Champion Schools each year, our Award Shadowing offer is open to all schools. Shadowing Schools will be able to:

If your school is interested in shadowing the 2018 Award, please email your details to:

Materials will be available to download from early January 2018.

The 2017 winner

The winner of Surrey Libraries' 2017 Children's Book Award was Dave Pigeon by Swapna Haddow; illustrated by Sheena Dempsey.

Congratulations to Swapna and Sheena (and, of course, Dave), who were presented with their Awards at a celebratory Ceremony at Dorking Halls on Thursday 25 May 2017.

The presentation ceremony

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