Well- weeks of planning came to fruition on Saturday as the fourth North Somerset Teachers’ Book Awards ceremony took place and it was such a lovely occasion. All our visitors braved the wind and the rain to celebrate the books on our wonderful shortlist, to partake of as much cake as they could eat and to enjoy each others’ company.
The afternoon started with us sharing a little bit about our group, why we started the awards and how they are run. Although we are only a small award, we take it all very seriously, having the votes checked by an independent witness to ensure they are completely accurate. This year, we had a record number of votes which is so encouraging!
We were delighted that Chris, the Chair of the FCBG Executive Committee could join us for the ceremony, bringing the lovely Fed Ted with her. She is visiting each group this year as part of the Federation’s 50th birthday celebrations and we were so pleased she was able to join us.
Tea and cake followed as everyone circulated, got their books signed, looked at the raffle prizes and got to know one another. It was so wonderful to have the chance to chat, make new friends and meet up with old ones. And eat cake…and more cake…and perhaps a bit more!
Then we had the raffle. Many thanks to Plymouth FCBG for donating so many books for our raffle. It was a great success and so good to see so many books being taken home!
In our awards, there are six categories: Picture Book, Information, Poetry, Quality Fiction, Read Aloud and Moving On. Each book is carefully chosen with teaching in mind- how they can be used with classes, which areas of the curriculum they can be used to support and so on.
Each category is announced and presented by a child who is linked to the group. They love doing this and several of our JAB Juniors volunteer for the next year as soon as the ceremony is finished!
This year’s winners are:
Picture Book- Almost Anything by Sophy Henn
Information- The Histronauts: An Egyptian Adventure
by Frances Durkin, illustrated by Grace Cooke
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Poetry- Apes to Zebras by Roger Stevens, Sue Hardy-Dawson and Liz Brownlee
Read Aloud- Fabio, the World’s Greatest Flamingo Detective
by Laura James, illustrated by Emily Fox
Quality Fiction- The Mark of the Cyclops by Saviour Pirotta
Moving On- Ella on the Outside by Cath Howe
Thank you so much to all of our wonderful authors, illustrators and poets who joined us and to everyone else who came. We had Sunday off…but are now on the look out for books for the long list for the 2019 awards. We look forward to seeing everyone again next year!