The standard of most entries was a delight – living proof that the Rise of the Ringbinder has yet to destroy all teacher and pupil initiative. Whether reviews, authorgraphs, interviews, questionnaires or comment, the children certainly demonstrated that whatever we at BfK can do, they can do as well. Or do we mean better? Don’t think we didn’t reflect on our own offerings when we saw the sharpness, sparkle and originality of their versions.
Our judges, all equally impressed, were Teresa Grainger – Director of the Literacy Unit at Christ Church College, Canterbury; Sally Grindley – Editorial Director of Books For Children; Richard Hill and Chris Powling from Books for Keeps. After much pondering, their decision was as follows:-
Tangmere Primary School, Tangmere, Sussex
Delaval Primary School, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Villiers High School, Southall, Middlesex
Each receives an assortment of brand-new hardbacks and paperbacks donated by our sponsor, Books For Children, to the value of £500.
In addition, for the overall winner, a further assortment of £2,000 worth of new books goes to: Villiers High School, Southall, Middlesex.
Congratulations to all competitors, though. Take our word for it, it was a close-run contest – as the extracts from winning entries make clear…