Here's a Real Page-Turner; Awards: Children Are Being Encouraged to Read Books Shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal and Post Reviews
Byline: SARAH HARRIS
ALARMINGLY, if research is to be believed, reading for pleasure appearsto be in danger of being consigned to the history books.
A Progress In International Reading LiteracyStudy(PIIRLS)last year found that children in Englandreadfortheirown enjoyment less frequently than their counterparts in other countries.
A quarter of boys claim never or almostnevertoreadstories outsideschoolcomparedwith 10 per cent of girls. Only 23 per cent ofboysreadstories everyday or nearly every day, as opposed to 41 per cent of girls.
And a new study from the NationalYearofReadinghas revealedthatwatchingTV ora DVDhasedgedinfront of a bedtime story as the most common pre-sleep habit among children.
The art of storytelling is in danger of being lost as only half of parents saytheir children are read to every day.
But a childrens literature prize is helpingtobuckthetrend,by encouragingyoungstersto share their reading experiences with others around the country.
Established by The Library Associationin1936,theCarnegie Medal was first awarded to Arthur RansomesPigeonPost. Since then, great novels including Philippa PearcesTomsMidnightGarden, RichardAdams Watership Down and C.S Lewis The Last Battle have been honoured.
This year, seven childrens authors includinglastyearswinner,Meg Rosoff,alongwithPhilipReeve, JennyValentine andLinziGlass are competing for the prize, which will be announced this Thursday.
Itwillbedecidedbyapanelof judgesfromtheYouthLibraries Group, who know what appeals to children.Alsoannouncedonthe dayisthewinneroftheKate Greenaway award for best illustrator ofachildrensbook.Despitethe fact that the Carnegie is regarded as one of the most prestigious literaryawards, it still manages to be accessible to children and schools.
In 1994, a scheme was introduced which allowed children and reading groupstoshadowthejudging processreading the titles short-listed,writing online reviews and deciding which books are the best.
Lastyearsawalmost90,000 young shadowers in primary schools,secondaryschoolsand librariesacrosstheUKandover-seas. …