Winner of the James Reckitt Hull Children’s Book Award 2020 announced

Tom Palmer
Authors Ali Sparkes and Tom Palmer, were joint KS3 winners at last year’s James Reckitt Hull Children’s Book Award. Image credit Jerome Whittingham, @photomoments.

Just in time for the summer holidays, the winner of the KS2 James Reckitt Hull Children’s Book Award 2020 has been announced.

Chosen by Hull’s young people, the winning Key Stage 2 book is D-Day Dog by Tom Palmer, a beautifully written and compelling novel published to mark the 75th commemoration of the D-Day landings. Tom adds a KS2 trophy to the KS3 one he won last year with Armistice Runner.

Christine Hill, Principal Librarian at Hull Libraries, explained: “The James Reckitt Hull Children’s Book Award began 13 years ago with the aim of fostering a love of reading by introducing young people to new writers and titles they might not normally pick up.

“Encouraging young people to share their opinions about books and to engage in a positive debate is a great experience and one we’re extremely proud of. While the award would normally be announced at our annual Big Malarkey Festival, this year we had to think differently, and provided digital access to all of the shortlisted titles to enable participants to join in from home, rather than school. This would not have been possible without the fantastic support of teachers across the city; we would like to extend a huge thank you to them for making this happen.

“Unfortunately, the KS3 Book Award had to be postponed, but we are looking forward to this taking place when secondary schools return in September.”

The winning book (alongside the other shortlisted titles) is now available to borrow from Hull Libraries via its new ‘Select and Collect’ service.

Hull Libraries has also released its summer programme, responding to current times with a range of socially distanced activities including virtual poetry workshops with Paul Cookson, online performances of the retelling of The Twits and The Enormous Crocodile, ‘How to be an author’ online workshop with Phil Earle and a treasure hunt. 

Christine continued: “We know parents will be looking for new ways to entertain children over the summer, more than ever after so long at home. Hopefully these activities will provide a welcome support to both parents and children.” 

[Rebecca Aspin – Home PR]