Mrs Hewetson on Panel For Awards!

Published 12 October 2023

Last week, we received the exciting news that our very own Mrs Hewetson, St Bart’s Librarian, has been asked to join the panel of the Spark! Book Awards.

Spark! Book Awards was founded in 2020 with the mission to build excitement and enjoyment in reading in all schools. Spark! believe that children should engage in a wide range of quality literature that represents all readers from across our diverse communities. In 2022, the charity formed a partnership with The Open University to provide a gateway to some great book choices for children and ensure access to books for all.

This is an award where the students decide the winners. Publishers are invited to submit books that fit the criteria and a panel of teachers and librarians narrow these submissions down to the shortlists. This year, for the first time the Awards will include an 11+ category for secondary schools and the panel will include Mrs Hewetson!

Mrs Hewetson said: “I am delighted to be part of this initiative. I just love discovering exciting new authors that we can introduce to St Bart’s students. I am passionate about the importance of giving students access to new books, alongside the classics we all know and love. We want to expand horizons and ensure that there is always something for everyone on offer in our library”

BartholoNews will update our community when the shortlists are announced in early January and then it’s over to our students to read, react and vote on the winners. Watch out for lots of exciting activities that the library have planned!