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Children and Young Person's Library


Stockton Children's Book of the Year

This award celebrates the best in children’s fiction. Each year there is a short list of four or five books and local school children have to read a minimum of three to be able to vote for their favourite. SCBY is only open to schools in Stockton-on-Tees and for students in Year 5, 6 and 7. If your school would like to be involved, more information can be found on the SCBY website.

The winner of SCBY 2018 was Ross MacKenzie with Shadowsmith.

Stockton Children's Book of the Year 2018 - shortlist:

  • Peter Bunzl - Cogheart
  • Horatio Clare - Aubrey and the Terrible Ladybirds
  • Barry Hutchison - Beaky Malone World's Greatest Liar
  • Jane Kerr - The Elephant Thief
  • Ross MacKenzie - Shadowsmith


Arts Award

Stockton Libraries are an Arts Award supporter and have trained advisers, who can help your school to deliver Discover, Explore, Bronze and Silver. If you would like to work with the libraries to deliver the Arts Award, please contact the Children & Young Person’s Librarian.


Author Visits

Stockton Libraries are dedicated to providing all of our local schools with the opportunity to attend high quality author sessions. When we have these opportunities available we will contact all schools with the information. Since 2013 we have been visited by Charlie Higson, Jeremy Strong, Cathy Cassidy, Gabrielle Kent, Tamsin Cooke, Eoin Colfer and Curtis Jobling and we will have more bestselling authors in the future.



Bookstart is the national programme that encourages a love of stories, songs and rhymes by providing free packs of books for babies and preschoolers. Sharing books with your child is a wonderful way to build a loving relationship, increase their language skills and help them have a lifelong love of books. To get your free Bookstart pack ask your local library, health visitor or Children's Centre for details.



Booktime is the national books programme that provides a free book pack for children aged four to five to share and enjoy with their family and friends. This pack will be delivered directly to each primary school before the end of the Autumn term. Stockton Libraries can help your school to deliver a session to gift the packs in a fun and exciting way, to arrange this please contact the Children & Young Person’s Librarian.


Children's University

If your school is registered for the Children’s University please note that Stockton Libraries is a validated Learning Provider and your pupils can collect hours at library events and groups.


Dementia Awareness Sessions

Stockton Libraries can deliver sessions to primary aged children looking at memory loss through using a story time session, memory games and object handling. The session will provide a positive message to the children in regards to memory loss and dementia, which is affecting an increasing number of families and links to the Dementia Friendly Communities Campaign. For more information, please contact Karen Morris: 01642 526518 or email: [email protected].


Northern Children's Book Festival 

Northern Children's Book Festival was established in 1983, a result of collaboration between the 12 library authorities in the North East, and we became a registered charity in 1992.  We are arguably the longest running cultural festival in the North East, the only dedicated children's literature festival in the region, and the only one in the UK which covers an entire region. More information can be found on the NCBF website.


School Visits

Stockton Libraries are already delivering a range of high quality sessions to schools, this includes an introduction to the library, library skills and topic sessions. We can also deliver Dementia Awareness sessions and are happy to do outreach activities in schools, please contact your local library to arrange a visit.


WW1 Commemoration

Stockton Libraries has a range of opportunities for schools to participate in to commemorate WW1, this includes a study pack with information from Library Resources about Stockton-on-Tees during this period that can be used in the classroom, a recommend reading list for schools to refer to and we can offer sessions in libraries or schools using object handling and literacy based activities.