Leeds Book Awards Ceremony

LBA logoToday Mrs Johnston and Miss Whiteley accompanied 7 children to the Leeds Book Awards.

Since January the group have read, discussed and voted for their favourite shortlisted book and today they found out the overall winner.

They travelled to Pudsey Civic Hall and were greeted by the event organisers. Having had some juice and a biscuit it was time to be seated along with another 56 Primary Schools and await the start of the ceremony.


Poet, Craig Bradley introduced all the authors and then entertained everyone before a question and answer session (prior to the ceremony schools were ask to submit questions that they would like to ask the authors and one of Abigail’s questions were chosen). Abigail asked author, Katherine Woodfine her question, ‘What was the first book you remember reading?’ Katherine’s answer was The Tiger who came to Tea by Judith Kerr.

After more entertainment from Craig, two children were selected from the audience to announce the winner of the Leeds Book Awards 2016. The winner was……..


Gorilla Dawn by Gill Lewis!

The children then were given the opportunity to meet the authors and have their books/notebooks signed.


Following a quick lunch at the Civic Hall we caught the train to Leeds station and walked to Waterstones.

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We browsed and talked books over more juice and biscuits. We even saw two of the authors, Kieran Fanning and David Solomons from the award ceremony!

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All too soon it was time to leave and return to school.

What a lovely day out!

Voting has now closed

Today the children participating in the Leeds Book Awards had a tricky decision to make. Each had a voting form and had to choose their favourite book, the one that they thought should win the book awards.


Some knew straight away which one they wanted to vote for while others found it difficult to choose between two.


Once every had voted (in secret) Miss Whiteley counted the votes and announced the results, they were:

Black Lotus 2 votes

Demolition Dad 0 votes

Gorilla Dawn 2 votes

My Brother is a Superhero 3 votes

The Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow 2 votes

Mel Foster and the Demon Butler 0 votes

The group voted My Brother is a Superhero as their favourite. On Monday 23rd May the group will be attending the Leeds Book Awards Ceremony where they will find out who the overall winner is.



Book Award Debate

At today’s meeting several of the group held a debate on one of the shortlisted books, The Black Lotus by Kieran Fanning.

Yusuf, Tayyeb and Hamza all loved the book, Cezara and Charlotte weren’t sure about it while Abigail loathed it.

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The boys tried hard with their arguments to win Charlotte and Cezara over to the ‘love it’ side but Abigail’s strong arguments (and passion about her dislike of it) won them over in the end.

Next meeting the group have opted to discuss My Brother is a Superhero by David Solomons.

Leeds Book Awards update

LBA logoThis year the following children will be participating in the Leeds Book Awards:

Hamza                                                                                                                               Isha                                                                                                                                      Cezara                                                                                                                                 Yusuf                                                                                                                            Harneeka                                                                                                                         Abigail                                                                                                                               Isobel                                                                                                                       Charlotte                                                                                                                           Tayyeb

They will each have to read the six shortlisted books and write reviews for each one.

We will be meeting every Monday to swap and discuss the storylines, take part in activities and then after the Easter holidays will be voting for their favourite book.

See www.leedsbookawards.co.uk  for more information



Leeds Book Awards Shortlisted Books

Want to find out about this year’s shortlisted books?

The books are…


This is the story of Jake Biggs and his dad, George. George spends all week knocking down buildings and all weekend knocking down wrestlers. He’s the Demolition Man, and Jake couldn’t be prouder. But when Jake hears about a pro-wrestling competition in the USA, and persuades his beloved dad to apply, things don’t quite turn out the way he expected.


Ghost, Cormac and Kate are junior recruits of the Black Lotus, a school for ninjas. When a
powerful weapon is stolen, the three must battle through 16th-century Japan and present-day New York to stop a power-hungry shogun from destroying the city.


Cabin boy Mel Foster has always been told that he’d come to a bad end – he just never thought it would be as a meal for a giantess from the Arctic wastes! But as Mel is about the find out, looking monstrous doesn’t make you a monster. Eve Frankenstein has no interest in eating Mel. She wants to protect him. And very soon he’ll need as much protection as he can get. While Eve and Mel become firm friends in the Arctic, far away in London Queen Victoria’s strange new butler is hatching a plan that could destroy the British Empire … and only Mel has the power to stop him.



51rQkpGbQ-L._SX327_BO1,204,203,200_Imara and Bobo are two children living with a band of rebel soldiers in the African jungle. When an orphaned gorilla is brought to their camp they swear to protect it. But in their war-ravaged world, can they ever find true safety?


519H8eTGIrL._AC_UL320_SR208,320_My brother is a superhero, and I could have been one too, except that I needed to go for a wee. My name is Luke Parker, I’m 11 years old and I live in a mild-mannered part of London with my mum, dad and big brother, Zack. He wasn’t always a superhero, but with a name like Zack you’ve got to wonder if my parents had a hunch that one day he’d end up wearing a mask and cape and saving orphans from burning buildings. I mean, come on! It’s what you get in a comic when a superhero punches a supervillain. Pow! Blam! Zack!


You are cordially invited to attend the grand opening of Sinclair’s department store! Enter a world of bonbons, hats, perfumes and mysteries around every corner. Wonder at the daring theft of the priceless clockwork sparrow! Tremble as the most dastardly criminals in London enact their wicked plans! Gasp as our bold heroines, Miss Sophie Taylor and Miss Lilian Rose, crack codes, devour iced buns and vow to bring the villains to justice.

Leeds Book Awards – are you in Y5 or Y6?

DSCN1471Every year school takes part in the Leeds Book Awards.

The awards are organised by the School Library Service (the people who lend us books that are in the big blue plastic boxes) who pick six books for children to read who are taking part. The children are asked to write what they think about each book and also once they have read all six books vote for their favourite one.

They are then invited to attend an award ceremony where the winner is announced. After the ceremony books can be bought and children are able to meet the authors.

Interested? See Miss Whiteley for more information.