Biblio-Buzz: The Alexandra Palace Children's Book Awards 2021

Every year we team up with Haringey Libraries and Haringey Schools Librarians Group for Biblio-Buzz, a literature programme that encourages young people aged 9–12 years old to immerse themselves in the world of books.

We set young people the challenge of completing six selected books, before getting them to vote for their favourite text at an online Finale Festival. Along the way the young people can attend workshops, reading circles as well as having the opportunity to meet professional authors.

Biblio-Buzz 2021

This year’s programme will be delivered entirely online, so you can take part from the comfort of your own home.

You can take part in Biblio-Buzz 2021 through any Haringey library or through your schools. Ask your Haringey librarian about how you can get involved or contact our team on learning@alexandrapalace.com to sign up.

2021 Biblio-Buzz shortlist announced

We’re buzzing about this year’s shortlist of  literary talent. From established writers to first time authors, we wish them all the best of luck. 

Crater LakeJennifer Killick
The Deepest BreathMeg Grehan
A Kind of SparkElle McNicoll
October, OctoberKatya Balen
Orion LostAlastair Chisholm
Where the World Turn WildNicola Penfold

This year our official suppliers are All Good Bookshop and Pickled Pepper Books who are offering discounted packs of books to schools who take part in Biblio-Buzz. Email control@allgoodbookshop.co.uk or education@pickledpepperbooks.co.uk to order your packs.

Biblio-buzz 2021 - get involved!

Join young people from schools and libraries across Haringey and beyond, by delving into our activity resources for Biblio-buzz 2021. The packs are free for everyone! They include sneak peeks from the texts, with corresponding reflection questions and activities to keep you excited and eager to read the book in full. Just click on the links below:

Crater Lake by Jennifer Killick
The Deepest Breath by Meg Grehan
A Kind of Spark by Elle McNicoll
October, October by Katya Balen
Orion Lost by Alastair Chisholm
Where the World Turns Wild by Nicola Penfold

A look back at Biblio-Buzz 2020

Biblio-Buzz 2020 was the first Creative Learning programme we held online due to lockdown restrictions. It was a roaring success that saw seven amazing authors giving readings from their wonderful works and setting creative online challenges for their readers. We were honoured that Waterstones Children’s Laureate Cressida Cowell was able to announce the winning titles for us. The winner of the Schools Award was Anna at War by Helen Peters. Stewart Foster won the Libraries Award with his book Check Mates.

It’s not too late to have a go at the literacy challenges from Biblio-Buzz 2020. Just click on the links below to get involved!

If you want more creative challenges to sink your teeth into why not make a puppet, turn your old books into art or create Hedwig the owl by folding an old book!

You can
just ask us

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