The Concorde Book Award was started by a group of librarians from South Gloucestershire schools. It is now in its eighth successful year and the award is still growing!
This blog is for the exclusive use by students and staff who are taking part in the shadowing process. The blog was designed and is moderated by staff at Brimsham Green School, Yate.
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.
Students from elevensecondary schools in South Gloucestershire and five public libraries took part in the award in 2013 and over 130 people attended the final award ceremony. Furthermore, the Concorde Book Award was supported by The Post who have agreed to take part again in 2015.
During June and July 2014, students in Years 7 and 8 were asked to nominate books for the award. They chose a book of fiction they has enjoyed reading and wanedt to recommend to other young people. To be eligible, the books must have been published since January 2012, 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 selected a shortlist of 6 books, judged to be high quality fiction and wide ranging in interest. This shortlist was announced in the autumn 2014 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 they read and discuss the short-listed books.
On World Book Day (5th March 2015) students in reading groups will vote for their favourite of the titles. The votes are then counted and the winner is announced at an Award Ceremony to be held at the Bristol & Bath Science Park, Emerson’s Green, Bristol on 10th March, 2015. A guest author attends to give a keynote speech as a treat for the participants and the winning author is also invited to attend.
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 and 8 students as distinct from schemes aimed at older age groups
- to work in partnership with other schools and libraries within South Gloucestershire