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

Calling avid young readers and book lovers everywhere, Alexandra Palace is excited to announce the shortlist for Biblio-Buzz 2021!

Biblio-Buzz is a one of a kind opportunity for children aged 9-12 years old to immerse themselves in the worlds of six absorbing books. Along the way there will be the opportunity to meet the authors, publishing giants and various special guests, as well as completing a variety of literary-based challenges. The grand finale of Biblio-Buzz 2021 will also give young people the chance to vote for their favourite of the books.

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 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 Lake – Jennifer Killick
The Deepest Breath – Meg Grehan
A Kind of Spark – Elle McNicoll
October, October – Katya Balen
Orion Lost – Alastair Chisholm
Where the World Turn Wild – Nicola 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 or to order your packs.

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!

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