Literary events for schoolsLast updated: 16 October 2013 13:45 UK
Here are some of the important literary events for schools run by Portsmouth City Council's school library service.
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School professionals are welcome to visit the school library service centre in Cheltenham Road, Paulsgrove, PO6 3PL (to find us by satnav, use PO6 3PY). Parking is available.
Meet the author events
The school library service invites top children’s authors to visit Portsmouth schools, believing that an encounter with a real live author can be one of the most inspirational a child can have.
Since 2008, 16 authors have visited city schools, chosen to inspire pupils to read with more enthusiasm, and help encourage pupils to write.
The meet the author programme for 2013 includes Ali Sparkes, Andrew Norriss and Jeanne Willis, who have been spreading the joy of reading in Portsmouth for a number of years, as well as some new faces, Tanya Landman, Mini Grey and Dan Freedman.
Authors Nick Sharratt, Brian Moses and Guy Bass will be visiting city schools as part of Portsmouth BookFest in October 2013.
Portsmouth schools literature quiz
Each year pupils from schools across the city meet to show off their knowledge of books and their enthusiasm for reading, hoping to win the coveted trophy for their school.
Quiz rounds include Book General Knowledge and Visual Clues. Teams prepare for some sections of the quiz in advance, such as The Life of an Author, and Books by Guest Authors. These guest authors take part in the quiz (and sign books for pupils). Winners are awarded book tokens.
Entries are now being accepted for the Portsmouth schools literature quiz 2014 to be held at Fratton Park on:
- Tuesday 28 January 2014 - secondary school quiz
- Friday 14 March - primary school quiz.
Portsmouth Book Award
After extensive reading and debating, young people decide their books of the year in three categories: the picture book, shorter novel and longer novel.
In 2013, 4,124 young people were involved in awarding book of the year as follows:
- picture book - judged by 2,184 year one pupils from 33 schools - the winning book was 'My Granny is a Pirate' by Val McDermid
- shorter novel - judged by 1,792 year five pupils from 31 schools - the winning book was 'Jenny Greenteeth" by Julia Jarman
- longer novel - judged by 148 year eight and year nine pupils from 11 schools - the winning book was 'Slated' by Teri Terry.
Portsmouth libraries and the school library service work closely with school staff on the Portsmouth Book Awards to:
- promote the enjoyment of reading, recognising enjoyment as a step to a higher standard of literacy
- foster a reading ethos in individual schools and in Portsmouth generally
- draw attention to the most rewarding and accessible fiction available for the age groups
- promote use of public libraries.
For further information on past winners, download the leaflet below.
Associated documents:Portsmouth Book Award 2013 - leaflet (3.07 MB)
More about the Portsmouth Book AwardPicture Book Section
Shorter novel section for Year 5 pupils
Longer novel section for year 8/9 pupils