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Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

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Children and Young Person's Library


Stockton Children's Book of the Year

Now in its 20th year this award celebrates the best in children’s fiction. Each year there is a short list of four or five books and the children have to read a minimum of three to be able to vote for their favourite. This project is open to Year 5, 6 and 7 pupils and information will be sent out in September for schools to show their interest in participating.

The winner of SCBY 2017 was Tamsin Cooke with The Scarlet Files: Cat Burglar.

Stockton Children's Book of the Year 2017 - shortlist:

  • Chris Callaghan - The Great Chocoplot
  • Tamsin Cooke - The Scarlet Files: Cat Burglar
  • Mark Huckerby and Nick Ostler - Defender of the Realm
  • M.M Vaughan - SIX
  • Laura Wood - Poppy Pym and the Pharaoh's Curse 
  • Toby Ibbotson - Mountwood School for Ghosts


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.  Gala Day 2016 was held in Middlesbrough Central Library and in mima, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art. More information can be found on the NCBF website.


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, Eoin Colfer and Curtis Jobling and we will have more bestselling authors in the future.


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.


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.


Stockton Junior Storytellers

If you have a group of budding storytellers then we can work with your school to deliver four sessions with the children that will enhance their skills and confidence to enable them to deliver their own story times. For more information, please contact Ivan Limon: 01642 528117 or email:



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.


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.


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.


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.