Young readers and creative children were honoured at a special event on Saturday 28th September, following a summer-long competition to encourage the love of literature.
Aberdeenshire Libraries Summer Reading Challenge awards children a sticker for each book read and a prize after reading six books or more.
Star Reader titles were awarded by each local library, with the overall Aberdeenshire Star Reader title going to ten-year-old Finlay Watson, a regular at Turriff Library.
Winners took home certificates and a medal produced on a 3D printer. Finlay also received prizes donated by Mackie’s of Scotland - a £100 book gift card and a year’s supply of ice cream.
Winners in the Creative category were also awarded prizes for their bookmark designs at the awards event, held at Aberdeenshire Council’s headquarters on Saturday. Four winners were selected from over 100 entries submitted over the summer holidays.
Four-year-old Elspeth (Inverurie Library) won the creative competition pre-school category with her interpretation of book characters such as the Gruffalo; Jakob, aged 8, (Peterhead Library) was successful in the P1 to P4 category with an entry which depicted his dinosaur themed bookmark; 10-year-old Bonnie (Cairnbulg Library) took the honours in the P5 to P7 category with her science themed bookmark; and the fourth winning entry was from 12-year-old Isla (Inverurie Library) with a quote “Books fall open and you fall in”.
The awards event also featured an author talk by David MacPhail, who writes funny books and historical fiction for children. David’s Thorfinn the Nicest Viking series has been particularly successful.