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Winner of Wolverhampton Children's Book Award named

By Harriet Evans | Wolverhampton | Wolverhampton entertainment | Published:

A popular youtuber has scooped the top spot at the Wolverhampton Children's Book Awards.

The Wolverhampton Children's Book Award Ceremony, runner up authors with student librarian , Eleanor Simpson with the winning book are Jenny McLachlan, Anna Fargher ,Steve Cole and Julia Green Please note winner not present.

Humza Arshad, who has more than 450,000 subscribers, won the title for his debut novel, Little Badman and the Invasion of the Killer Aunties.

Since accumulating upwards of 90 million views on his channel Humza has used his influence for good and has visited hundreds of schools across the country using comedy to prevent at risk teens of becoming radicalised.

Children aged nine to 13-years-old across the region nominated the new fictional books that they have enjoyed reading which are shortlisted for the accolade.

The award aims to celebrate children's literature and promote reading for pleasure to young people.

More than 150 children from 16 Wolverhampton schools joined authors Anna Fargher, Steve Cole, Julia Green and Jenny McLachlan in an award ceremony at Wolverhampton Grammar School where the Deputy Mayor, Councillor Greg Brackenridge, announced the winner.

Humza paid a visit to Wolverhampton Grammar School in March last year where he introduced the book to students.

Zoe Rowley, head librarian at Wolverhampton Grammar School, said: "We're thrilled to have organised the event alongside Authors Aloud UK and be celebrating the very best children's books published in the last year for the second year running.

"It's such a wonderful award for children to get involved with and I'm delighted that hundreds of children from across Wolverhampton and the West Midlands made their vote count."

Annie Everall, director of Authors Aloud Uk, collected the award on behalf of Humza who could not attend the ceremony.

Harriet Evans

By Harriet Evans
Community Reporter - @HarrietEvans_ES

Community Reporter at the Express & Star, covering the issues affecting young people across the Black Country and Staffordshire. Contact me at harriet.evans@expressandstar.co.uk

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