Biblio-Buzz: The Alexandra Palace Children's Book Awards 2022

Every year we team up with Haringey Libraries and Haringey Schools Librarians Group for Biblio-buzz, a reading initiative and award 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 novels, before getting them to vote for their favourite texts.

But that’s not all, on the 25 March, anyone taking on the reading challenge will be invited to Alexandra Palace for our Biblio-buzz 2022 awards ceremony. We will offer a day at the Palace, with lots of fun along the way. Students will meet the authors, get their books signed, take part in workshops and Q&As, and find out who the winners are at a ceremony hosted by author and poet Simon Mole and his musical comedy partner Gecko.

This is a fantastic opportunity to inspire a love of reading in your young people. Just take a look at this year’s shortlist, which features six fascinating stories of magic, kindness, friendship, adventure and identity told with humour, daring and wonder:

You can take part in Biblio-buzz through any Haringey library or your school. Alternatively contact our team on to find out more.

This year our official suppliers are All Good Bookshop Muswell Hill Children’s Bookshop and Pickled Pepper Books who are offering discounted packs of the shortlisted books to schools who take part in Biblio-buzz. Email or to order your packs.

Author Challenges

Our amazing Biblio-buzz authors have set you all some literary inspired challenges! A brilliant way to exercise and unlock the creative bits of your brain! Have a go and let us know how you get on:

The 2022 finale!

To find our all about the grand finale of Biblio-Buzz 2022, head over to this page!


We’re spreading the Biblio-Buzz message even further this year, with a series of roadshows with some of our creative friends at libraries across Haringey throughout April!

The events are all free and there is no need to book. Your local librarian will have more information should you need it.

CHICKEN SHED Create a unique story inspired by your child’s imagination with the brilliant Chicken Shed’s Tales from the shed (0-6 year olds). Also take part in Storyworld and hear stories from local writers, including My Crown by Erina Lewis (0-7 year olds):

TEA PARTY READING GROUPS Make friends with other reading enthusiasts whilst listening to the Biblio-Buzz shortlisted novels and playing games, all with a slice of cake. Actress Roberta Livingston will lead the group:

MOVEMENT AND SHADOW PUPPETRY WORKSHOPS Artists Shermaine Slocombe and Diana Jones will lead the whole family in a fully accessible, sensory workshop exploring movement and shadow puppetry. Using the Biblio-Buzz shortlisted children’s novel The Beast and the Bethany by Jack Meggitt-Phillips as inspiration families can collaborate to create their own magical story:

A STORY TO BE TOLD You’ve enjoyed reading the stories of your favourite characters; now it’s time to tell your own. Kieron Rennie, writer and performance poet, will lead a creative writing workshop where you will learn how to tell your own story:

DRAG QUEEN STORY HOUR UK Join Aida H Dee the award-winning Storytime Drag Queen and Children’s book author for an hour of fun and fabulous story time. Engage your child’s creativity and love of reading stories by giving them a brand new, positive experience, one page at a time!

MEET THE AUTHOR WITH JACK MEGGITT-PHILLIPS Meet Jack Meggitt-Phillips the author of this year’s winning Biblio-Buzz novel The Beast and the Bethany! In Meet the Author, Biblio-Buzz shortlisted novelist talk about their work, books, inspirations, dreams, and demystify the art of writing. With book readings, signings and fun activities along the way.

MEET THE AUTHOR WITH BEN DAVIS Meet Ben Davis, the author of Biblio-Buzz shortlisted novel The Soup Movement! Hear Ben talk about his work, inspiration and demystify the art of writing. With book readings, signings and fun activities along the way.

SPEED BOOK WRITING Have you ever wanted to write a children’s story book? Discover how stories turn into children’s books and create your own speed story book as a group in a hour. Work on your own and with others, make new friends and have fun while learning how to bring your stories to life!

  • Sat 23 April: Muswell Hill Library, 11am-12p + Coombes Croft Library, 2pm-3pm

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