Children vote for their top author

Liz Pichon in Roseberry Library, Billingham,  working with Roseberry Primary pupils
Liz Pichon in Roseberry Library, Billingham, working with Roseberry Primary pupils

WELL-READ school children from Billingham joined those from across the borough in a competition to find their favourite book of the year.

Youngsters from Roseberry Primary School were among those who voted for award-winning children’s author Liz Pichon as the winner of Stockton’s Children’s Book of the Year.

Liz has a good relationship with Roseberry School having previously worked with children during a visit to Roseberry Library .

She drew with them and read one of her books to them.

Liz was named the winner of the book competition at a glittering ceremony for her book Tom Gates Excellent Excuses (and other good stuff).

The book takes the form of Tom’s battered homework diary crammed with his scribbles and stories.

It is popular for being an honest, silly and laugh-out-loud funny read.

More than 600 children from 25 primary and secondary schools across Stockton Borough got busy reading to find their favourite author from a selection of five books.

Liz beat off competition from Ash Mistry and the Savage Fortress by Sarwat Chadda, A boy called Mouse by Penny Dolan, Small Change for Stuart by Lissa Evans, Fizzleburt Stump the boy who ran away from the Circus by AF Harrold.

Now in its 16th year, the book awards is organised by Stockton Borough Council’s libraries service to celebrate books and the pleasure of reading.

The ceremony also included The Book Review of the Year Award 2013.