The Concorde Book Award was started by a group of librarians from South Gloucestershire schools and public libraries. It is now in its 13th successful year.
This blog is for the exclusive use of pupils who are taking part in the shadowing process. The blog was designed and is moderated by the library manager at Abbeywood Community School.
The idea behind the scheme was firstly to encourage students to join reading groups, which in itself provides an enriching experience, but also to provide an award that takes account of the students’ views, as distinct from the many children’s book awards which are judged solely by adults. This award is held in high regard by teachers and students alike, and all students who take part benefit tremendously from the experience.
During May and June 2019 students in Years 7, 8 and 9 were asked to nominate books for the award. They chose a book of fiction they had enjoyed reading and wanted to recommend to other young people. To be eligible, the books must have been published since January 2017, be available in paperback and be an excellent standalone read. The students’ nominations determined a long list of the most popular titles.
From this long list a small panel of librarians have selected the 6 books on the current shortlist. They have all been judged to be high quality fiction and wide ranging in interest. This shortlist was announced in October 2019 when Year 7, 8 and 9 students throughout South Gloucestershire were given the opportunity to join reading groups in their school or public library. Within these groups students read and discuss the short-listed books.
On World Book Day Thursday 5th March 2020, pupils in reading groups will vote for their favourite book on the shortlist. The votes are then counted and the winner will be announced at an Award Ceremony to be held on Tuesday 10th March 2020.
In summary, the aims of the award are:
- to foster the enjoyment of reading and discussion of high quality, recent teenage fiction
- to offer students an opportunity for enrichment by the provision of an extra curricular reading group
- to take account of the views of students who both nominate the books considered and vote for the winner
- to provide an award scheme aimed at Year 7, 8 & 9 students as distinct from schemes aimed at older age groups
- to work in partnership with other schools and libraries within South Gloucestershire