The North Somerset Teachers' Book Award

It was a pleasure to welcome so many authors and publishers to our award ceremony a few weeks ago. It was especially nice to sit in a relaxed setting and discuss with them their books, the process of writing and publishing.

Everyone that attended came away buzzing - for our authors and publishers, it had been a moment of hard earned recognition gratefully received and for the book group, a moment to sit and celebrate the best in children's literature whilst sitting along side some of our new literary heroes!

It was a joy filled moment handing out each award and to see them so gratefully received and treasured!

Tom Moorhouse, author of 'The River Singers', was so thrilled. This was his first award and we could all tell just how much this meant to him.

There was an audible gasp from Anneliese as her book was announced as the winner of the poetry category and she practically skipped up to receive her award.

It was evident talking with Annaliese later how much the award meant to her. She lives and breaths poetry and speaks of words as the rhythm of life.

The process of publishing had been a long and difficult road for her as her book lies within the worlds of both poetry and non-fiction. The North Somerset Teachers’ Book Award  was clearly the recognition of the quality of her work that Anneliese, her publishers and each member of the book award reading group saw in this superb book!

Sam Gayton, author of ‘Hercufleas’, the winner of the read aloud category, was just as charming in person as the characters in his stories. Playing with the children and pulling silly faces, he was relaxed and joy to be around.

He was truly grateful for the recognition his book was receiving and the work that the North Somerset Teachers' Book Award is doing to promote great children’s literature.

We missed not having all of our winning authors attend the award ceremony. The authors of 'Maps' ,Aleksandra Mizielinska and Daniel Mizielinski, winners of the non-fiction category had not been able to travel from their home in Poland and author, Tracey Corderoy and illustrator, Steven Lenton had previously committed to other engagements meaning they too, could not attend.

However, all was completely forgiven when we read the gorgeous post written by Tracey on her Nosy Crow blog. She spoke of how thrilled she was her book ‘Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam’ had won the picture book category and recognised the valuable work the North Somerset Teachers’ Book Award group is doing to develop life long readers. She spoke of her own childhood and the powerful effect her own teachers had had on her desire to become a writer, simply through providing her with quality children’s literature!

As members of the book group we are overjoyed that our awards were so gratefully received. 

And now we return to our classrooms and libraries where each of these gorgeous books will be shared and treasured and to our reading nooks where we will be searching for next year’s winners of the North Somerset Teachers’ Book Award!