Nestlé Children's Book Prize

Nestlé Children's Book Prize

August 16, 2005 05:25 ET

Nestlé Children's Book Prize - Schoolchildren Needed To Become Book Prize Judges!

LONDON, ENGLAND--(CCNMatthews - Aug. 16, 2005) - Calling all primary schools! Schoolchildren around the country are needed to take part in the Nestlé Children's Book Prize, formerly known as the Nestlé Smarties Book Prize.

Schools will soon have the chance to take part in the country's biggest children's book prize and win the chance for their children to become 'Young Judges' and judge the shortlisted books for this year's prize.

Last year over 42,000 schoolchildren took part in the prize and classes in 150 schools won the chance to be Young Judges. Three classes were then chosen to attend a glittering award ceremony in London, where they had the chance to meet their favourite authors.

This year's panel of expert adult judges is busy sifting through hundreds of entries from authors and illustrators to create a shortlist. The final selection of the winners rests with the children who decide which authors will be awarded the gold, silver and bronze medals. The winners will be announced on Wednesday December 14th before an invited audience of children at the British Library in London.

This is the 21st year of the prize, which has involved over half a million schoolchildren and thousands of books since it was launched in 1984. Run by Booktrust, an independent charity promoting books and reading, the prize recognises the nation's best children's books as voted for by children. Further information can be found at: www.booktrusted.com.

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