2021 Wolverhampton Children's Book Award Ceremony

Wolverhampton Children’s Book Award 2021 Winner Announced

The Wolverhampton Children’s Book Award celebrates children’s books published in the last year. It is an opportunity for children aged 9 to 13 to read a range of fiction and to nominate new books which they have enjoyed reading. Both the longlist and shortlist of books are chosen by young people from schools across the region. The purpose of the Wolverhampton Children’s Book Award is not only to celebrate children’s literature, but to promote reading for pleasure and to reinforce the importance of fiction.

Young people across Wolverhampton selected Jane Elson as the inaugural Wolverhampton Children’s Book Award winner in 2018 for her moving story, Will You Catch Me?. In 2019, Humza Arshad won for his hilarious book Little Badman and the Invasion of the Killer Aunties, whilst last year’s winner was Eloise Williams for her hauntingly beautiful book Wilde.

This year, the following titles were shortlisted:

The Last Bear by Hannah Gold

The Great Dream Robbery by Greg James and Chris Smith

Anisha, Accidental Detective: Show Stoppers by Serena Patel

The Hideaway by Pam Smy

Hundreds of young people from across Wolverhampton and the surrounding area voted for their winning author. Over 120 children from 6 local schools attended the Book Award Ceremony organised by Wolverhampton Grammar School and Authors Aloud UK on Thursday, 30th June. As part of this, children had the opportunity to meet the shortlisted authors and participate in a range of book related activities.

Head Librarian, Zoe Rowley commented, “We’re thrilled to have worked alongside Authors Aloud UK to establish an award that encourages reading for pleasure and that gives children an opportunity to meet their favourite authors. For the fourth year running, young people across Wolverhampton made their vote count and elected Pam Smy as the 2021 winner.”

Librarian, Duncan McAllister, shared with us, “This afternoon’s ceremony was a lovely way for lots of local schoolchildren to come together to celebrate some outstanding children’s books. Authors Serena Patel, Chris Smith and Pam Smy engaged with their audience perfectly through their interactive and imaginative workshops. Children were not only able to take Diwali lanterns, friendship bracelets and dreamcatchers away with them, but more importantly memories of an afternoon of reading based fun. Congratulations to the Wolverhampton Children’s Book Award 2021 Winner Pam Smy for her hauntingly emotional book, ‘The Hideaway’.”

Congratulations to Pam Smy who won the 2021 Wolverhampton Children’s Book Award for her powerful and thought-provoking book The Hideaway. Pam was presented the award by the Mayor of Wolverhampton, Councillor Sandra Samuels.

For more information about this, or other ways Wolverhampton Grammar School can support your school or organisation, please contact Zoe Rowley by email: zer@wgs-sch.net or telephone: 01902 421326.

For information about Authors Aloud UK, please contact Annie Everall, by email: annieeverall@authorsalouduk.co.uk or telephone: 07889 274637.

2021 Wolverhampton Children’s Book Award Ceremony