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

Spellbinding 2019 - register now to take part!


Registration is now open to take part in our popular Primary Schools Book Award and reading challenge, Spellbinding, which is now in its 12th year.

From the hundreds of brilliant books published during 2018, we have arrived at a shortlist of 10. It is up to pupils to vote for their favourite to win.

The award is aimed at years 5 and 6 and our aim is to create enthusiasm and excitement about reading and to support the wider reading agenda in school.

There is an interactive web site where children can post their comments on the discussion forum, try the book related quizzes and link to author web sites. The staff section includes certificates, bookmarks and a range of lesson plans and activity ideas to download.

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.

"We would like to take part again as it really gets the children excited about reading different genres of books."  St Bridget's CE School Brigham

"We have done it since the beginning and think it is brilliant." Staveley CE 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!!."