Lincolnshire Young People’s Book Awards

CHILDREN and schools in the county are being asked to register their interest in taking part in the Lincolnshire Young People’s Book Awards 2011/12.

The awards are designed to encourage children and young people to read and use their local libraries, where the long-listed books are available. They can also log on to the county council’s website to vote for their favourite title and submit their reviews.

Furthermore, schools can become ‘shadowing groups’, which will involve taking part in reading activities.

The long-listed books are split into two categories, nine to 11-year-olds and 12 to 14-year-olds. Voting for the long-list ends on Friday January 13.

Coun Patricia Bradwell, Executive Member for Children’s Services, said: “This is a great opportunity for schools and young people in Lincolnshire to get involved in something that really does make a difference.

“We are looking for schools that are passionate about getting children into reading, and will take a proactive approach to the awards.

“The initiative ties in very well with Rooted in Reading, the local reading promotion project that is running in schools and libraries across Lincolnshire. Those taking part will find their reading and writing skills will benefit greatly and they will have the fun of reading some excellent books too!”

More information can be found at www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/lypba