Children’s book awards to celebrate 25th anniversary

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Mini bookworms are looking forward to meeting their literary heroes when they celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Sheffield Children’s Book Awards later this month.

The awards were launched in 1988 to encourage children and young people to read, visit their local library and to highlight the best literature published each year.

In the contest’s first year, just six school groups took part – compared with the 172 schools who are responsible for choosing this year’s award winners.

The shortlist has 23 books in five categories to choose from and the winners are to be announced at Sheffield City Hall on November 28.

Accolades for the top picture book, shorter novel, longer novel, young adult and baby book will all be presented at the award ceremony, which is expected to be attended by about 3,000 young people.

Youngsters also have the opportunity to win signed copies of the shortlisted books after entering a competition.

Children have been challenged to read all the nominated books or use the posters in local libraries to name all the previous winners and guess this year’s winning book.