Kernow Youth Book Awards

11th May 2016

Ms Claire Lee


Kernow Youth Book Awards

On Wednesday 27th April three Pencalenick pupils joined numerous secondary school pupils at the 9th Kernow Youth Book Awards ceremony at the Eden Project.

This was a first for our school, in fact we hadn`t even heard about this Cornish alternative to the Carnegie Book awards until recently. It was started up by librarians in secondary schools in response to pupils who were disillusioned by not being able to find books they had read on the Carnegie book award long list.

We watched six different schools give presentations of their favourite book from the six short- listed. These presentations included reciting, role playing and videos. The authors then spoke about their book and invited questions. Jack Nankervis was one of the first to ask a question, holding a microphone so that everyone could hear. Sapphire May asked Alan Gibbons a good question and Connor Thomas asked Lari Don a question that almost stumped her for an answer!

We were really pleased that our favourite presentation won a prize and shared in the excitement of which book would win. We met a Cornish bookseller who gave us a signed copy of a book and said the author could come to our school to do a complimentary creative writing workshop.

We initially went along to see if this event would be suitable to take a greater part in next year and came away making plans for a book club, possible books for next year’s long list and ideas about our own presentation for a book. We really enjoyed the experience.