THE favourite books of Leeds schoolchildren have been recognised in two special awards ceremonies held in the city.
Hundreds of young bookworms from schools across Leeds have been avidly reading and discussing the contenders for the 2014 Leeds Book Awards.
More than 700 children from 50 primary schools and 18 high schools packed into Pudsey Civic Hall and Leeds Civic Hall in two events to celebrate their favourite authors and books of the last year.
Children voted on books written for age categories 9 to 11, 11 to 14 and 14 to 16.
In total, 60 primary schools and 20 high schools from across the city participated in this year’s popular awards event.
The awards saw young people discussing each shortlisted book before choosing their own winner in each respective category.
With many of the shortlisted authors in attendance, tension was high as the golden envelopes containing the names of the winners were opened on the stage.
With the winners names now revealed, there was also the chance after the ceremony for children to meet the authors and have their favourite book signed.
Coun Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council’s executive member for leisure and skills said: “The Leeds Book Awards is a really fantastic competition.
“I am delighted to say that this year’s ceremonies at Pudsey Civic Hall and Leeds Civic Hall were a great success.
“The passion and enthusiasm shown by our young people to take part, debate and then vote for their favourite book was again really tremendous.
“what is brilliant about this particular awards ceremony is that they also have the chance to meet and have a chat with many of the authors whose work was shortlisted.
“We would like to give a big thank you to the authors who were able to attend on the day.”
For more information on the Leeds Book Awards, log on to the website www.leedsbookawards,co.uk
WINNER in the 9 to 11 age category of the 2014 Leeds Book Awards was Rob Lloyd Jones for ‘Wildboy.’
Holly Smale triumphed in the 11-14 category for ‘Geek Girl’, while Annabel Pitcher came out on top in the 14-16 category with ‘Ketchup Clouds’.
Shortlisted authors included Paula Rawsthorne, Gillian Cross, Chelsey Flood, Sarah Mussi, Alison Rattle and Lucy Christopher.
Plans are already being put in place for the 2015 Leeds Book Awards.
Children have been invited to start nominating books for next year’s categories.
Coun Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council’s executive member for leisure and skills said: “I am delighted to say that nominations are already open for next year’s awards.”