Closing chapter for Heart of Hawick Book Award
After 10 successful years, The Heart of Hawick Children’s Book Award has reached its final chapter.
And, to celebrate, six of this year’s shortlisted authors will attend the 2017 Award Ceremony on Thursday, May 18 at Tower Mill (1 pm).
The Award was started in 2007 by Denholm Primary School parent Heather Marshall, and a voluntary group of parents, teachers, and librarians, with aim of encouraging reading for pleasure amongst children in and around Hawick.
Sadly, Heather passed away in December 2015 but her goal was achieved by the organisation and enthusiastic participation of the annual award for a children’s book from two age group categories (4-7yr picture books and 10-12yr fiction titles).
The children vote for their favourite book from shortlists compiled by the Book Award committee with the stipulation that the entries must be the first book published by the author for the age group and must have been published in the UK in the past year.
The Committee provided funds for the books and organised events and author visits for children from across the 10 participating primary schools.
Over the years the project has achieved a great deal on a small budget with most of the funding coming from local sponsors and grant-making bodies. The committee have also worked closely with Live Borders Library Service to make the venture a success.
As well as being attended by the six authors and illustrators, teachers and pupils from each of the schools and this year’s invited audience will be treated to the showing of an animated film which was created by pupils during a workshop held at the Library.
Julia Cawthorne, Live Borders, Assistant Communities Librarian, said: “What makes this Award special is that the children read the titles and vote for their favourite.
“Over the years the Book Award has been enjoyed by many children while authors and illustrators have enjoyed visiting Hawick and its primary schools and the committee has worked hard to ensure the event has been a success each time.
Due to almost all the volunteers being unable to commit to another year however committee members decided at their last meeting, with the Award now celebrating its 10th year, that it would be the natural time to end the project.
Julia added: “The committee would like to thank all the schools for their support over the last 10 years and hope that many children in and around Hawick have been inspired to read more.”
Readings from the children of the winning entries of the Book Review Competition and a ‘Vox Pop’, carried out by the younger children talking about the Picture Books will also feature at this year’s event.