Library Services for Schools - Cumbria`s primary schools book award 2018

Spellbinding 2018 - Winner announced!


We are excited to announce that the Spellbinding 2018 winning book is "Letters from the Lighthouse" by Emma Carroll.

"What smashing news! Thank you so much for letting me know. I did see online that Letters was one of the shortlisted books for the Spellbinding award, so to have won it is really exciting! Thanks to everyone involved and to all the children who read and enjoyed it." Emma Carroll

Thank you to all who have taken part in Spellbinding this year and we hope the children have enjoyed reading the shortlisted books. We have already started compiling books for next year's shortlist and this will be advertised towards the end of October - so watch this space!

Primary Spellbinding web site - participating children can log in and leave comments about their favourite books, visit author web sites or try out the activities and quizzes. The staff section includes book review templates, bookmarks and activity ideas to download.

"When I got the book I was so excited to read it, it was amazing but it was sad, confusing and happy. Emma Carroll is a great author....I would rate it 9/10" Blackford School

"This book was really good. I simply couldn't put it down. I would rate this books 9/10." St Cuthbert's RC Primary School, Wigton

"The Letters from the Lighthouse is my favourite book because the plot twists were amazing.... I would rate this 9/10 and Emma Carroll if you read this please make a sequel." Leeming RAF Community Primary School

"I loved the rise and fall in the story line and how in the end it fell on a happy note. Sukie is my favourite character because she was very brave and stood up for what she believed. Emma Carroll paints a vivid picture in my mind when I read her books." Warcop School

"I think this is an amazing book set in February 1941. I think Emma Carroll is great. Can't wait 'till my friends read this book because they are going to be amazed. This will probably be my favourite book ever." Newbarns Primary School.

"The year 5 children have taken part in the awards this year and have really enjoyed it. Their enthusiasm to read the books and talk about them has been fabulous to hear. Many of them have found books, that they wouldn't normally choose, to be great fun and this has given them the confidence to try new and different genres." Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School, Barrow.

"Once again our children are really enjoying the Spellbinding experience and it's lovely to see some "reluctant" boy readers actively involved." Victoria Academy, Barrow

"I was very impressed by a year 6 less able reader who persevered to read all 7 books and had a great sense of achievement. All the children who read 7 books were really proud of themselves."

"It certainly raised the profile of reading amongst the children and their parents."

"Children were introduced to other authors and this will lead them to read a wider range of genre."

"Part of our project allowed time for follow up and discussion which developed useful skills in thinking about reading and thinking beyond what they read."

"Many children commented on the fact that they wouldn't have selected some of the books if they'd seen them in the library, yet they were surprised by how much they enjoyed them."

"All the pupils seemed to enjoy the variety and the poorer readers were keen to have a go at the more complex texts."

"Our year 6 are really enjoying the selection - two "reluctant" readers both spotted at playtime reading their books!!."