Haringey Children’s Book Award shortlist 2017

The shortlist is revealed!  More info to follow – but we’re very excited about these books and we can’t wait to see what the children of Haringey make of them. The last 2 years have seen 5 shortlisted books but this year we have 6 as we simply couldn’t choose.



The Best Medicine by Christine Hamill, Little Island Books

Catching Falling Stars by Karen McCombie, Scholastic

Cogheart by Peter Bunzl, Usborne

The Imaginary by AF Harrold & illustr. Emily Gravett, Bloomsbury

Library of Lemons by Jo Cotterill, Piccadilly Press

Strange Star by Emma Carroll, Faber & Faber


What is the HCBA?

The Haringey Children’s Book Award is now in its 3rd year, set up by the librarian community in Haringey to promote literacy across the borough through interaction between schools. The award aims to get more children reading and share fantastic books with them that they may have not noticed. Organised via school bookgroups, children from (mostly) school years 5 – 7 read the shortlist of books, do various activities on them, and then join altogether for workshops and the award ceremony itself, where they vote on the winner. We are seeing a growing community of schools taking part, with 10- 15 schools each year. Our vision is to eventually see all Haringey schools take part in some way.


Previous winners:

2016 SF Said for ‘Phoenix’

2015 Gill Lewis for ‘Scarlet Ibis’


The HCBA Award Ceremony

The award ceremony will be at Heartlands High School, Haringey (N22 7ST) on the afternoon of Monday 24th April 2017.

The award ceremony itself is a fantastic afternoon – last year saw a keynote speech from MP Catherine West, book signings by 9 authors and a Q&A from 3 of the shortlisted authors. You can see photos from our first ever award ceremony  (2015) here.

Since voting by participating children takes place at the ceremony, organisers genuinely have no idea as to the winner of the award which is very exciting!

Children of Haringey – Get reading! And get your teachers to sign up your school to take part by contacting Helen Swinyard (Library Manager at Heartlands) on helen.swinyard@heartlands.haringey.sch.uk


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