Guest post: Henry's thoughts about NSTBA17

On World Children's Day, who better to do a post than a child? Our very own Henry has kindly shared his thoughts about Saturday.

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When you are a booklover, it’s always nice to be around other booklovers and there is no better place to mingle with booklovers than the wonderful North Somerset Teachers' Book Award Ceremony – and that’s where I have been today!

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Just like last year, there was more cake than I have eaten in my whole 12 years of life – and I have eaten a LOT of cake. Just like last year, there were lots of lovely authors – there should be a collective noun for a lot of authors….and a lot of cakes. But according to Answer.com ‘cakes don’t usually congregate in groups’ and I think it’s pretty rare for authors too, so that’s what’s amazing about NSTBA17!

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I entered Mendip Green’s busy hall which was already buzzing with chit chat. I ran over to the bookshop and ‘helped’ my Mum choose some new books to add to my ‘To Be Read’ pile. Then I looked around to see which author I should go and introduce myself to first which turned out to be Tom Moorhouse. He signed my book in a blue pen which he said he hadn’t done before- and as I had never had a book signed by Tom Moorhouse before, it was a first for us both!

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Then I ‘hobnobbed’ (not the biscuit) with shortlisted authors. After lots of booky talk, signatures and selfies, it was time for the raffle (Don’t mention the raffle….I didn’t win) and the start of the ceremony.

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It was really great to see the winning authors get their awards. They all did amazing speeches – you could tell how much it meant to them and that was really special.

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I was lucky enough to announce the winner of the Information Category; the winner was…’La La Land’ ...oh no sorry, it was actually…’Moonlight’…oh no, it really was Martin Brown with his ‘Lesser Spotted Animals’. Well done Martin! It was lovely meeting you!

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The ceremony ended with lots of happy faces and laughing with cake-filled bellies.

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Just like last year, I loved every minute but a huge highlight this year has to be meeting, Mungo, Perdy and Lola -some book lovers have more than 2 legs!

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I can’t wait to start reading my new books and I’m looking forward to North Somerset Teachers' Book Award 2018!

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Thank you so much for writing this, Henry- we couldn't do it without you! As I keep being reminded- only 51 and a bit weeks until NSTBA18!