The James Reckitt Hull Children’s Book Award ceremonies were due to take place in Malarkey Park (East Park) as part of The Big Malarkey Festival. The KS2 event was set for Tuesday 23rd June 2020 and the KS3 event on Wednesday 24th June 2020.

Due to restrictions now affecting us all, some changes have had to be made to this year’s James Reckitt Hull Children’s Book Award.

The KS3 Book Award will reconvene when the secondary schools return, whilst the KS2 event is turning digital – we are still determined to bring this year’s KS2 James Reckitt Hull Children’s Book Award to you!

KS2 James Reckitt Hull Children’s Book Award 2020

If you don’t have a copy of our KS2 books, then worry not – they are all available as eBooks and can be accessed online using the BorrowBox app and your library card. If you’re not already a member of Hull Libraries you can join online – it’s easy and it’s free!

Schools that subscribe to Hull Schools Library Service will be able to vote digitally for the winner in July 2020 – further information will be sent to schools soon.

Students from Hull SLS schools can also achieve their Arts Award Discover certificate by logging their thoughts and ideas in a special award diary and sending it to us once complete. This year we have made the diary available to download so everyone can join in the fun.


Find out more about our KS2 shortlisted authors and their books…

Charlie Changes into a Chicken – Sam Copeland

Sam Copeland is a literary agent and director at Rogers, Coleridge and White. He has worked in publishing for fifteen years and was a bookseller for three years before that. Sam is originally from Manchester and now lives in London with his wife and three children. Charlie Changes Into A Chicken is his debut novel.

Listen to Sam reading from his book on the Puffin Storytime YouTube channel >

Download the Charlie Turns Into a Chicken resource pack > 

D-Day Dog – Tom Palmer

Tom Palmer is the author of over 40 books for children on subjects like crime, spies, sport and ghosts. He likes writing history stories too. Two of his books are set in Hull and are about rugby league. Tom lives in Yorkshire with his wife and daughter, Katniss the cat, and Finn the dog.

Listen to Tom talking about his book, D-Day Dog on YouTube >

Visit Tom’s website for lots of great resources >

Mr Tiger, Betsy & the Sea Dragon – Sally Gardner

Sally Gardner is the Costa and Carnegie-winning author of Maggot Moon. Before illustrating and writing books, she was a successful theatre costume designer. Her books have sold over two million copies in many languages and won numerous prizes. She is the founder of NUword which champions positive debate about dyslexia.

Listen to Sally talking about her book, Mr Tiger, Betsy & the Sea Dragon on YouTube >

Visit Sally’s website >

The Magic Place – Chris Wormell

Chris Wormell is one of Britain’s most celebrated author-illustrators and print makers. He has illustrated covers for Philip Pullman’s The Book of Dust and the award-winning His for Hawk, as well as the creator of picture books, including the bestselling George and the Dragon and One Smart Fish.

Listen to Chris reading The Magic Place on YouTube >

See more of Chris’s work on his website >

Storm Hound – Claire Fayers

Claire Fayers grew up in South Wales, went to university in Canterbury, and is now back in Wales where she likes to tramp around castles in the rain, hoping to see dragons. She lives with her husband and two cats who sit on her keyboard and stop her from writing.

Listen to Claire giving a special message and reading from her book Storm Hound

Claire is recording weekly story challenges and has lots of great Storm Hound resources on her website >

If you have any questions about the Book Award please get in touch

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go!”

Dr. Seuss