Bolton School Senior Girls

It’s official: Children Love Books!

If the sign up rate for the Bolton Children’s Fiction Award is anything to go by then, contrary to common perceptions, today’s children still love reading! Schools from across the North-West have already signed up large numbers of their Year 7 and 8 pupils to the awards and now schools further afield are wishing to become involved, with one school from Taunton poised to join the event. 

The Awards were launched in early October at Bolton School by author and Brit Writers’ Award Winner, Sufiya Ahmed. Six books will be read and reviewed by pupils and the final voting will take place in May 2014. The winner will be announced in June when pupils attend an event at Bolton School compered by previous Bolton Book Award winner Joe Craig. Children will have the opportunity to take part in workshops and talks led by authors and have their books signed. 

The novels under the microscope are: After Tomorrow written by Gillian Cross, Young Knights of the Round Table by Julia Golding, Chasing the Dark by Sam Hepburn, Constable and Toop by Gareth Jones, Moon Bear by Gill Lewis and Jon Robinson’s Nowhere. 

Mrs Linda Frew from Bolton School, said: “I was so disappointed when the Bolton Children’s Book Award stopped. Having a focus for reading, topics for discussion and a feeling that they had a real influence on the outcome of the award, meant that the pupils got so much out of it. It is clear by reinstating the awards we have delighted a new generation of readers. We librarians are all enjoying seeing how pupils are having a great time reading the books, discovering new authors, being involved in discussions, voting, blogging and undertaking follow-up activities such as acting and making films.”

The blog for children to leave their comments on the books can be found at

Children’s author Alan Gibbons said: “Great to see the Bolton Book Award roaring back. Good luck to all the authors and may the young readers have a great time gobbling up all those wonderful books.”

Schools can still sign up for the awards and should contact in order to do so.

Bolton Public Libraries are stocking the shortlisted titles in their branch libraries.   


Pupils from across the region joined Bolton School pupils at the launch, where Sufiya announced the six shortlisted books

Pupils from across the region joined Bolton School pupils at the launch, where author Sufiya Ahmed announced the six shortlisted books