Bookworms gather for awards ceremony

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Aspiring authors and little bookworms across Sheffield will get the chance to meet their literary heroes at a special event.

Writers from across the UK will gather at the city’s annual Children’s Book Awards, designed to honour the best in the business for younger readers.

This year the event, which has dished out prizes to the likes of JK Rowling, Michael Morpurgo and Malorie Blackman in the past, is celebrating its 25th anniversary.

Around 3,000 schoolchildren from Sheffield have been invited to attend the ceremony at City Hall on Thursday, November 28.

Youngsters have been asked to wear something silver to mark the awards’ birthday.

Young book enthusiasts have been whittled down to 23 entries in five categories - top picture book, shorter novel, longer novel, young adult and baby book.

Jackie Drayton, Sheffield Council’s cabinet member for children, young people and families, said: “We are absolutely delighted so many school groups are taking part in the special 25th anniversary of the Sheffield Children’s Book Awards and hope it really inspires a lifelong love of reading and visiting local libraries. We all remember the fascinating books we read as children and I hope the youngsters taking part in the judging process have chosen a winning book which means a lot to them too.

“We’ve had a great list of quality books from outstanding authors and illustrators shortlisted for children and young people to enjoy this year.

“The unique feature of our awards is that the children’s choice is paramount. By asking children to read and then to vote for their favourite book it really helps us to champion their opinions.”