Pupils reveal their favourite books of 2017

Julie Bell, Lancashire County Councils head of the libraries, museums, culture and registration service
Julie Bell, Lancashire County Councils head of the libraries, museums, culture and registration service
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The winners of the twelfth annual Fantastic Book Awards have been chosen by young readers throughout Lancashire.

Pupils aged nine to 11 in 128 schools across the county have read six books from a list of 30, during the autumn and spring terms.

This is a fun way for us to engage with our children to encourage them to read and help us to maintain the county’s high levels of literacy

Children voted for their favourites and the winners were announced at ceremonies held in five primary schools, including Nateby Primary School in Garstang.

The list of favourites is The Bolds, by Julian Clary; The Dog, Ray, by Linda Coggin; Electrigirl, by Jo Cotterill; A Boy Called Christmas, by Matt Haig and Pugs of the Frozen North, by Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre. Julie Bell, Lancashire County Council’s head of the libraries, museums, culture and registration service, said: “The awards involve thousands of children from primary schools across Lancashire avidly reading and then discussing books during the autumn and spring terms. Then they vote on the books that they like the best at the end of the spring term.

“This is a fun way for us to engage with our children to encourage them to read and help us to maintain the county’s high levels of literacy.

“I’m delighted the Fantastic Book Awards are enjoying their twelfth successful year, and more children have been encouraged to discover the pleasure of a good book.”