VIDEO: Young Doncaster bookworms meet top authors

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Hundreds of young book worms from across Doncaster came together to celebrate their love of reading with two top authors.

School children who love nothing better than getting stuck into a good book attended the launch of the Doncaster Children’s Book Award at Cast on Wednesday.

Don Valley Academy pupils (l-r) Chloe Bailey, Rebecca Milburn, Charlie Mai Covel and Emily Edmunds, all 11, at the launch of the Doncaster Children Book Awards. Picture: Andrew Roe

Don Valley Academy pupils (l-r) Chloe Bailey, Rebecca Milburn, Charlie Mai Covel and Emily Edmunds, all 11, at the launch of the Doncaster Children Book Awards. Picture: Andrew Roe

They were joined by Dan Blythe, author of MI High and BBC Doctor Who books, and Andy Briggs, who has penned the New Tarzan Adventures.

The youngsters were treated to drama performances, presentations from the two authors and the chance to buy a cut-price book as part of the event - which this year had a ‘page to screen’ theme.

Armthorpe Academy pupil Eden Gibson, 14, whose favourite author is Andy McNab, said: “It was a really good, fun event and they got the kids involved.

“They did some drama stuff at the start and we all laughed and really enjoyed it.”

Fellow pupil Abbie Storr, 11, who loves Jacqueline Wilson books, said: “I thought the authors were really good and hearing about the way they started writing was really inspiring. I really enjoyed it.”

And Aidan Laver, 12, a JK Rowling fan, said: “I find it really exciting to read a book before I watch the film because you can see what it’s about and find out whether or not the film is worth watching.”

Author Andy Briggs said he felt it was important to attend events that encourage kids to read.

“They’re the people who will be writing in the future and it’s important to inspire them,” he said.

“Many of these kids have never seen a Tarzan film and they’ve almost certainly never read a Tarzan book but they all know Tarzan. It’s great to see them all inspired by a name and getting them to read is what we’re all here for.”

Lesley Hurworth, the Doncaster Children’s Book Award chairman, said: “It’s been fabulous, vibrant and it’s brilliant to see kids queuing to get their books signed and being enthused about books in this way. In Doncaster we really try to raise the profile of reading in different ways and what a fantastic venue to launch these awards in too.”