CHILDREN from Stanton Road After School
Club in Bebington have been chosen from hundreds around the country
to become young judges in this year's Nestlé Smarties Book Prize,
the UK's biggest children's book award, now celebrating its 20th
Stanton Road After School Club is among 150
schools and 50 clubs chosen from than 35,000 school children, to
help judge the books which have been shortlisted by a panel of adult
experts. The club was chosen through a nationwide competition for
young judges, which started earlier this autumn. Children were asked
to draw a picture of themselves, their friends and food at a party.
The children will decide which author should
win the "4 Children Special Award", by
voting for their favourite book and completing a project based on
their choice of winning book.
The results will be announced at an award
ceremony on December 8 at the British Library in London, and the
winning club will be invited to attend.
Chris Meade, Chief Executive of Booktrust, the
charity which administers the Nestlé Smarties Book Prize,
commented:- "I am delighted that young people from
Stanton Road After School Club have been chosen as young judges for
the Nestlé Smarties Book Prize and hope the children will gain huge
enjoyment from reading the shortlisted books, choosing their
favourite, and taking part in the competition.
This year's shortlist is a mix of new
voices and well-established authors including past Nestlé Smarties
winners Geraldine McCaughrean and Eva Ibbotson."