BASH (Book Awards St Helens) is the annual book award scheme run by St Helens Schools Library Service. The aim of the awards is to encourage children and young people to read the latest, modern and enticing fiction, written especially for them. Through
a series of library based workshops, and by debate and critical appreciation, the pupils vote for their favourite book and choose a winner.
Each year there is a special BASH celebration event at a Library when the winning title is announced by
a prominent children’s author. Previous BASH authors coming to St Helen's include Marcus Sedgewick, Paula Rawsthorne, Guy Bass, Ed Hogan, plus via video link David Walliams! This is a fantastic opportunity for children and young people to meet some of
their favourite authors, helping them develop a love of reading. These awards are only open to schools who are members of the School Library Service.
The current short list for 2018:
Cogheat by Peter Bunzi
Strange Star by Emma Carroll
The Best Medicine by Christine Hamilli
The Bombs That Brought Us Together by Brian Conaghan
The Island at the End of Everything by Kiran Millwood Hargrave
The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr
We Come Apart by Sarah
Crossan & Brian Conaghan
Welcome to Nowwhere by Elizabeth Laird