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Lancashire's Fantastic Book Awards are launched

Lancashire's Fantastic Book Awards are launched

by Henry James (September 2021)

THIS year’s Lancashire’s Fantastic Book Awards were launched on Wednesday, September 29 by award-winning author and screenwriter Frank Cottrell-Boyce.

Frank’s books have been shortlisted for many prizes, including the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize, the Whitbread Children’s Fiction Award, and the Roald Dahl Funny Prize. Millions, his debut children’s novel, won the CILIP Carnegie Medal and was later adapted for the screen by film, television, and stage director and producer, Danny Boyle.

At this year’s launch, young readers will receive a special digital reading message from Frank, who is a huge advocate of reading for pleasure.

170 primary schools are invited to watch the official launch of the book awards, developed by Lancashire’s School Library Service. The 30 books chosen for the children to read were revealed at the launch.

These awards run until May 2022. They will involve thousands of children from Lancashire primary schools reading and discussing the books and voting for their favourites.

The five winning titles for the Fantastic Book Awards will be announced on Wednesday, May 25 2022.

The main aim of the awards is to support children aged nine to eleven years in reading for pleasure by introducing them to newly published fiction titles, and encouraging them to read and discuss the books.

County Councillor Peter Buckley, Lancashire County Council's cabinet member for community and cultural services, said: “I’m pleased that this tremendous initiative to encourage young readers is now up and running. I'm very supportive of it.

“We are fully committed to maintaining the high levels and standards of literacy here in Lancashire, and this is an important way that we do this. I will be taking a keen interest to see who has won next May.”

Primary schools will receive a signed copy of Frank Cottrell-Boyce’s new novel, Noah’s Gold, for taking part.

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