Young readers are voting for top kids’ books

Young bookworms from a south east Northumberland school are among 200 children currently voting across the country in a national book awards.

Pupils in year 5 and 6 at Eastlea Primary School in Cramlington have been invited to select their favourite children’s story and non-fiction title in the Blue Peter Book Awards.

The event will be celebrating its 15th anniversary in 2015.

At least 200 pupils from ten schools across the UK will read and vote on six shortlisted books over the next two months.

They will decide the award winners of ‘Best Story’ and ‘Best Book with Facts’.

Pupils now have until Friday, February 6, to read the shortlisted books and pick their favourites, with the two winners announced on Blue Peter on World Book Day, Thursday, March 5.

Headteacher Emma Beeston said: “We are absolutely delighted to have been chosen to help as judges for these awards.

“Reading has a high priority at Eastlea and part of our focus this year is to encourage pupils to read for enjoyment.

“The shortlisted fiction and non-fiction books have really caught the imagination of our pupils, so this is something they are all especially excited about.”