The latest Bookfest Award project was snapped up by a record number of schools within days of being launched in September. The project is split into two awards: the Big Book Award for ages nine to 11and the Picture Book Award for ages five to seven. Bookings for the whole project have had to close ahead of the deadline due to full capacity being reached… this means over 2,000 pupils from 37 primary schools will be taking part in the project, which is designed to get children reading for pleasure, whatever their level of ability.
Twenty-one years on from its inception, Shrewsbury Bookfest has brought hundreds of the UK’s best-loved authors and illustrators to Shropshire. Jackie Hampson of Castlefields Primary School, Bridgnorth, said, “It has a massive, positive impact on reading and writing in our school. It’s the shared experience that brings the whole class together. Reluctant readers are inspired to read, and the choice of texts means there is always something that is suitable for the range of children in the class.”