2nd Annual Haringey Children’s Book Award!

2nd Annual Haringey Children’s Book Award Ceremony takes place at Heartlands High, Monday 18th April

200 children are set to attend the HCBA, which has been going from strength to strength in its campaign to promote literacy in the borough. Collage Arts have been working with the HCBA to sponsor writing workshops for schools.

Haringey Children’s Book Award, founded by school librarian Helen Swinyard last year, has been designed to promote literacy in Haringey and improve collaboration between schools. The lead up to this year’s award has seen local schoolchildren taking part in events to improve literacy, from reading the awards shortlisted books, author visits and writing workshops sponsored by Collage Arts.

Children from Years 5,6 and 7 have voted for their favourite from a selected shortlist with the winner announced at the Award Ceremony on Monday 18th April at Heartlands High School.

This year, thanks to sponsorship from Collage Arts, around 130 children from ten of the participating schools will have a morning of writing workshops preceding the ceremony, with high-profile nominated authors including SF Said, Philip Womach, Polly Ho-Yen along with last year’s award winner Gill Lewis and shortlister Piers Torday.

The shortlisted books for 2016 are: Phoenix by SF Said, Whistling in the Dark by Shirley Hughes, The boy in the tower by Polly Ho-Yen, The Wolf Wilder by Katherine Rundell, and The Broken King by Philip Womack.

Also attending are Catherine West MP, local Patrons of Reading Matt Brown, Daniel Whelan, Jonny Zucker and Karen McCombie, and The Big Green Bookshop.

Helen Swinyard, founder of the award, said “I decided as librarians to set up an award for our borough to promote literacy. School librarians and teaching staff already work hard in schools to encourage reading for pleasure and this is just one more way to get children reading, discussing and discovering new books and authors! Haringey school and public librarians, and local booksellers have been very enthusiastic about the books and the process”.

Schools wishing to take part in the future should contact Helen at the school to join the mailing list.



Helen Swinyard [email protected] or at Heartlands 020 8826 1230