The Hampshire Picture Book Award is an annual award. The aim of the award is to introduce new picture books to Year 1 pupils, extending their experience and developing a love of books. It provides the pupils with a unique opportunity to be involved in a major county literary event, whilst giving them a real chance to enthuse about reading for pleasure.
All primary schools subscribing to the School Library Service can apply to take part. The judges are Year 1 pupils in participating schools.
The shortlist is announced to co-ordinators at the end of the autumn term. Participating Year 1 pupils have the spring term to read and evalutate the books and then vote for their favourite. Participating schools are provided with suggestions for activities to link the award into the wider curriculum. Notes from previous years are available for download in the subscriber area of the SLS Moodle.
The aims of the award are: