Biblio-buzz: The Alexandra Palace Children's Book Awards

Every year we team up with Haringey Libraries and Haringey Schools Librarians Group for Bibliobuzz, 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 a finale Festival in Alexandra Palace theatre. Along the way the young people can attend workshops, reading circles as well as having the opportunity to meet professional authors.

Bibliobuzz 2020 Online: 4-16 May

Since the start of the year hundreds of young people have been taking on the challenge, but unfortunately, due to the current climate, we cannot hold our planned finale. But that isn’t going to stop Bibliobuzz 2020.

Instead we’ve joined forces with the seven amazing authors of this year’s chosen reading challenge texts and will be delivering the culmination of Bibliobuzz 2020 online. From 4-15 May the authors will be giving selected readings from their wonderful works, before setting you all some creative challenges. You can get involved via the Ally Pally social media channels.

We’ll finish off by announcing the winners of the Alexandra Palace Children’s Book Awards, bringing Bibliobuzz 2020 to its conclusion on 16th May. We’re honoured that Waterstones Children’s Laureate Cressida Cowell, who is our Bibliobuzz 2020 Ambassador, will be announcing the winning titles for us. Go to our blog page from 11am to see the results.

It promises to be a fun packed fortnight for young people and their families, who will be invited to indulge their creative sides from the comfort of their own homes. Keep an eye out for further announcements on this page and Alexandra Palace’s social media accounts.

Get involved, get reading, get creating and let us know how you get you on.

There’s more! creative challenges to try 

Try this from Art Director and Puppeteer Jenny Dee:

Artist, art teacher and animiator Melanie Campbell encourages you to have a go at:

Patricia Graham, who runs Shedcraft in north London which is a creative workshop that brings together people of all ages to learn and have fun using crafts, has set you this challenge:

Sian Pattenden is an author, painter and illustrator. As a journalist she has worked for Smash Hits, NME and The Guardian. Sian created the fabulous bee artwork for Bibliobuzz and we’re delighted she has produced these fun colouring in sheets for young people and a design a bookcover challenge.

Meanwhile Paul Lyalls has designed a Poetry Toolbox. Give it a go!

You can
just ask us