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Haringey’s young bookworms are being encouraged to vote for their favourite book from a shortlist of six titles for the Biblio-Buzz: Alexandra Palace Children’s Book Award. Alexandra Park and Palace Charitable Trust and Haringey Library Services have collaborated to deliver the award aimed at nine to 12 year olds across the borough, inspiring them to read and vote for their favourite book. Throughout February and March there will be workshops, opportunities to meet with the authors, reading group sessions and some lovely prizes for the children who complete the programme.

The winning author of the children’s vote will receive an award at a ceremony to be held at the recently reopened Alexandra Palace Theatre on Tuesday 2nd April. Click here for information about registration.

Michael Rosen, one of Britain’s best-loved writers and performance poets for children and adults, will host the award ceremony. Michael has published in the region of 200 books for children and adults, including “The Sad Book” with Quentin Blake (Walker Books) – a meditation on bereavement written after the loss of his son, Eddie; “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt” with Helen Oxenbury (Walker Books) and “A Great Big Cuddle” with Chris Riddell (Walker Books) .

The award was founded six years ago by a team of dedicated school librarians who have built a passionate following amongst primary schools who see the scheme as a cherished part of their annual enrichment programme. The support of Alexandra Palace and partnership with Haringey Library Services will help grow the scheme and give greater access to the reading challenge – ensuring young children in Haringey have the opportunity to get involved.

Michael Rosen, said: “It is an honour to be part of this year’s Children’s Book Awards at Alexandra Palace Theatre. These awards not only celebrate the works of six brilliant authors but also champions reading and our invaluable library service. I look forward to announcing the winner in April.”

Haringey Council Cabinet Member for Civic Services, Councillor Kaushika Amin said: “We are delighted to support this year’s Children’s Book Award, which we hope will capture the imaginations and enthusiasm of children across the borough. It is a great opportunity for children to visit their local library and get stuck into a good book. I can’t wait to find out which book will be chosen as the winner!”

Mark Civil, Head of Creative Learning at Alexandra Palace, said: “We are very excited to be delivering Biblio-Buzz and working with Haringey Library Services. As an avid reader, I am passionate about promoting the joy of reading and engaging with creative activities. Evidence suggests that young people with a good reading habit have better prospects and are likely to succeed at school, participate in their communities and get good jobs. I’m not snobbish about what kids read from blogs to comic books to novels – I just want to get them reading!”

Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Haringey Council, Alexandra Palace’s Creative Learning programme works with people in Haringey and beyond to deliver experiences no other venue can offer, as well as giving people the opportunity to learn new skills and increase access to great entertainment and inspirational art. Additional funding for the Biblio-Buzz: Alexandra Palace Children’s Book Award comes from the Tottenham Grammar School Foundation

The shortlisted novels are:

  • Will You Catch Me? – Jane Elson
  • Tin – Padraig Kenny
  • Child I – Steve Tasane
  • Kat Wolfe Investigates – Lauren St John
  • The Lost Magician – Piers Torday
  • Kick – Mitch Johnson

Limited copies of the books are available at all Haringey libraries. The voting deadline closes on Sunday 31 March. Voting cards will be available in the libraries.

Find out more about the authors.

Information on the award ceremony on 2nd April is available here.