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 2020

Since the start of the year hundreds of young people took on the challenge, but unfortunately, due to the current climate, we weren’t able to hold our planned finale. But this didn’t stop Bibliobuzz 2020.

Instead we joined forces with the seven amazing authors of this year’s chosen reading challenge texts and delivered the culmination of Bibliobuzz 2020 online. From 4-15 May 2020 the authors gave selected readings from their wonderful works, before setting creative challenges.

The project finishing by announcing the winners of the Alexandra Palace Children’s Book Awards, bringing Bibliobuzz 2020 to its conclusion on 16th May 2020. We were honoured that Waterstones Children’s Laureate Cressida Cowell, who is our Bibliobuzz 2020 Ambassador, 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.

Bibliobuzz 2020 was a fun packed fortnight for young people and their families, who we loved inviting to indulge their creative sides from the comfort of their own homes.

Try our author challenges!

Although sadly Bibliobuzz is over for another year, we want to keep you buzzing about books! To help you our six 2020 authors have each set a literacy challenge in relation to their books. Just click on the links below to get involved!

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 also create a time capsule with artist and counsellor Sally Hart.

You can
just ask us