Worcestershire's Awesomest Book for 2018 revealed

Worcestershire's Awesomest Book for 2018 revealed
Worcestershire's Awesomest Book for 2018 has been revealed
Published Wednesday, 7th March 2018

Funny Kid for President has been crowned Worcestershire's Awesomest Book for 2018

The book, written by Matt Stanton, was today (March 6) given the accolade as bookworms from the county's schools came together and attended a ceremony at County Hall.

This annual event, organised by Worcestershire Schools' Library Service has taken place for the last five years.

Since November 2017, 1,100 pupils from 15 schools have been challenged to read their way through five shortlisted books and vote for their favourite. The five shortlisted books for this year's award were:

  • The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart by Stephanie Burgis
  • Kid Normal by Greg James and Chris Smith
  • Finding Gobi by Dion Leonard
  • Radio Boy by Christian O'Connell
  • Funny Kid for President by Matt Stanton

Almost 150 pupils from 11 schools across the county attended the ceremony. Pupils took part in a quiz about the books on the shortlist and the winning school will receive books donated by the publishers.

Author Chris Callaghan talked to the pupils about his work as an author and his book The Great Chocoplot, which won last year's award.

Chris Callaghan, children's author said: "One of the wonderful things about being a children's author is meeting children who enjoy reading stories because reading stories is just an amazing thing.  It's full of characters, great situations, it's something that you can talk about with your friends, it's something you can do on your own and it’s a great way to spend some time. There's lot of great stories out there."

The winner of the award was announced at the ceremony in the Council Chamber by Worcestershire County Council Cabinet Member Lucy Hodgson.

Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Communities, Councillor Lucy Hodgson, said: "Worcestershire's Awesomest Book Award provides our young readers with a great opportunity to get reading and get to know what is available for them to enjoy.

"We are very proud and very grateful to be able to welcome successful authors such as Chris come to talk to and inspire children about just how fun reading can be."

For more information, please visit: http://www.worcestershire.gov.uk/info/20314/awards_and_book_recommendations/1268/worcestershires_awesomest_book_award