World book day

The Eighth “Read it Again!” Cambridgeshire Children’s Picture Book Award will be launched on World Book Day (7 March).

“Read it Again!” is a unique award, judged by Cambridgeshire school children, for a debut picture book where the words and pictures are the work of one individual.

From World Book Day onwards, thousands of school children across the county will be reading, discussing and then voting for their favourite book from a shortlist of eight outstanding new titles. The list includes a wonderful twist on “Jack and the Beanstalk”, a skateboarding monster, a moving environmental tale and a story of two jealous cats. Three of the shortlisted authors are graduates from the children’s book illustration course at Anglia Ruskin University.

Cambridgeshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Learning, Councillor David Harty said “Schools love taking part in this annual event, which appeals to all ages from reception to Year 6. It encourages children to explore words and pictures, create their own stories and to construct reviews. And for up and coming young illustrators, the award provides exposure to their work and honest feedback from children.”

Votes will be counted at the end of June and the winner will be announced at a special presentation in early July to which around 250 lucky local children are invited.