Children across Stockton have been celebrating their love for reading in a special event to name their favourite author.
The annual Stockton Children's Book of the Year, organised by Stockton Libraries, saw nine to 12 year olds, from 26 schools across the Borough choose from a short list of five books.
The short listed titles are:
- Run Rabbit Run by Barbara Mitchelhill
- A Girl Called Dog by Nicola Davies
- Muncle Trogg by Janet Foxley
- Gravenhunger by Harriet Goodwin
- Sky Hawk by Gill Lewis
At a special awards ceremony at Stockton Central Library, Barbara Mitchelhill's Run Rabbit Run was announced the winner in a closely fought competition.
As well as choosing their favourite author, the children penned reviews of the short-listed titles.
Thomas Richardson, from Egglescliffe School, won the Book Review of the Year for his review of Gravenhunger by Harriet Goodwin. Harriet was there to read out the review before Thomas was presented with a framed certificate and shield.
Councillor Ken Dixon, Stockton Council's Cabinet Member for Arts, Leisure and Culture, said: "This award continues to go from strength to strength and aims to encourage children to read for pleasure and have the opportunity to express their thoughts and opinions about the stories.
"Congratulations go to Thomas on his winning review and our thanks to all the authors who take part in this fantastic event."
This year's award has been sponsored by Askews Library Services and the publishers of each of the short-listed titles.