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We crown the winner of our Middlesbrough Reads reading logs book review competition

18 Jul 2019

Reading logs presentation

Ameera Naas, age nine from Newham Bridge Primary School in Middlesbrough, has been presented with an iPad Mini today after winning our Middlesbrough Reads Best Reads book review competition.

The competition, which was launched earlier in the year, asked pupils of all ages to write a book review based on their favourite title from the Middlesbrough Reads Best Reads reading log that corresponds to their age category.

The reading logs were developed in partnership with the Middlesbrough Promise and inspired by the Middlesbrough Best Reads list of top children’s books, as voted for by children in the town. They were distributed to primary schools across the town to inspire children of all ages to read for pleasure and more widely. Once a child had read at least six of the 26 titles in their age category’s reading log, they were invited to complete a book review about their favourite.

All submissions were entered into a prize draw this week to win the coveted iPad Mini, which has been kindly provided by our Read North East partners, Stagecoach North East. Ameera’s winning book review can be found below:

Gangsta Granny by David Walliams

'I loved this book. It was a thriller and you didn’t know what was going to come next. My favourite character was Granny because she was really funny. I would recommend this book to people who like funny and thriller books.'

Ameera said:

"I am really happy that I have won – I love reading and am going to download some books to read at bedtime over the summer holidays!"

Headeacher at Newham Bridge Primary School, Beverley Hewitt-Best said:

"Our children have thoroughly enjoyed participating in the Middlesbrough Reads events, such as the Young Readers Programme and the Puffin World of Stories. We are delighted that Ameera’s book review has won the iPad Mini."

Middlesbrough Reads Manager, Allison Potter said:

“We’re thrilled that our Best Reads reading logs campaign has encouraged so many children from schools across the town to enjoy books recommended by their peers.

“It was a pleasure to present Ameera with her amazing prize courtesy of Stagecoach North East, to whom we’re completely grateful. Ameera’s review captures the excitement around reading for enjoyment, and as we know that children who enjoy reading are more likely to lead happier lives, this is really great to see. We hope that children across Middlesbrough continue to read as many books for fun as possible over the summer holidays!”

Find out more about the Best Reads reading logs and download them for all four age categories.

Find out more about Middlesbrough Reads.

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