Books galore for World Book Day and Children’s Book Award 2018!

20 March 2018

Just catching breath after a fantastic few weeks which included the book sale in recognition of World Book Day which I’m pleased to say didn’t suffer from being postponed by the snow – just over 100 girls bought books from a wide range of titles supplied by Red Lion Books.

The crossword competition was also a great success with many correct entries. The prize for being first, correct and complete went to 10A.

However, my biggest news concerns the Children’s Book Award (coordinated by the charity the Federation of Children’s Book Groups) which is something I’ve involved the school in for more years than I care to remember. It’s the only national UK children’s book award to be voted for entirely by young people and I’m really delighted to be invited to this year’s 50th anniversary award ceremony on 9 June in London.

Mrs Mitchell, Head of English will be joining me and together we will invite a few St Mary’s girls. Those we invite must take part in the voting, which closes on 18 May, and read all three books in one of two shortlisted categories. Sadly we won’t be able to take all of those who are currently taking part, but the books deserve to be read, so the pleasure gained from them should be a reward in itself!

The process feels very intense and exciting already.

For further details – and to view the books on the shortlists, see

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