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Pupils from Ysgol Maesydre and Welshpool High School attended special workshops at the town's library, two days before awards were announced, to discuss the shortlisted books and vote on who they thought deserved to win. After much debate, the majority of the pupils disagreed with the national winner, choosing their own favourite as 'Little Boat, written and illustrated by Thomas Docherty. Rob Davies from Powys County Council's Library Service, who organised the workshop, said: ""I was really impressed by the way the pupils took to shadowing this national award. Their enthusiasm was inspiring and they showed us that they had an opinion worth listening to. The students from the high school had brilliant views on each of the books and this inturn fuelled the debate with the Primary school pupils. They displayed well balanced opinions on how the illustrations worked with the text and at the same time they gained an insight into the skills needed to illustrate a story. It is always hard to vote on such well illustrated books, the quality was excellent. It was great fun and I think they did extremely well.” At the same time Primary pupils from Builth Wells really enjoyed the workshops and debate prior to their voting session. A huge thank you to all shadowing groups! I hope that you have enjoyed shadowing this year and I’d like to say a huge thank you for being involved. The level of feedback and interest at the sessions from the pupils was inspirational. These are the results now from the pupils themselves:- It is interesting that Maesedre and Welshpool High school voted for :- First Prize – Little boat written and illustrated by Thomas Docherty closely followed by The Way Back Home by Oliver Jeffers. Highly commended – Molly and the night monster by Chris Wormell Highly commended - Harris finds his feet by Catherine Rayner Similarly, Builth pupils voted for First Prize – The way back home by Oliver Jeffers - closely followed by Savage illustrated by David Almond Highly commended – Molly and the night monster by Chris Wormell Highly commended - Little boat by Catherine Rayner It is interesting to note that 'Harris Finds his feet' got a 'thumbs down' by the pupils at Builth Wells primary School mainly due to the consistency of the work and the poor use of the illustrations on double page spreads (especially when it came to the guttering!)