The World Book Day Award 2016 (WoBoD), which launches today (15th October), is offering school libraries the chance to win up to £10,000 of new books.
The award is funded by author James Patterson, who donated £50,000 for prizes in 2015 and 2016. To enter, schools in the UK and Ireland (either primary or secondary) must respond "creatively" to the question "where does your reading take you?" with writing, art, film or photography.
The winning school will receive £10,000 in books and a library makeover by school library book display manufacturer, Bookspace. One library will win a second prize of £5,000 of books, and three schools will receive third prizes of £3,000 worth of books each.
Patterson, who launched WoBoD with organisers World Book Day last year, said: "I was so impressed by the brilliant response to the first World Book Day Award - all the entries really showcased a love for books and reading amongst kids and their teachers. I hope this year the creativity keeps on coming and that the entries help to remind everyone of the importance of school libraries, and of a kid’s right to have access to books. Reading is a vital life skill and it is important we encourage a love of reading in kids from a young age."
Earlier this year Hexthorpe Primary School in Doncaster won the overall 2015 prize for its entry, which was a stop-motion animation featuring a host of children’s book characters and a soundtrack sung by pupils.
At the time, Hexthorpe teacher Philip Sheppard said the award was "life-affirming". He said: "Our children love reading so much that copies of favourites such as Diary of a Wimpy Kid and the Roald Dahl books are constantly falling apart. Our school is currently being expanded from 400 to 700 pupils, so this prize is even more vital, providing a much needed boost to the library. In a deprived yet culturally rich and ethnically diverse area like this, books are a unifying force."
The deadline for entries for the 2016 prize is 1st December 2015, with the winner and runners-up being announced on World Book Day 2016 on 3rd March. Patterson will choose the winners alongside children’s laureate Chris Riddell, The Sun books columnist and author Natasha Harding, and World Book Day director Kirsten Grant.
An illustration of a James Patterson quote by Chris Riddell, who will help judge WoBoD.