How can I get involved?


Publishers & Authors

We welcome submissions from publishers. Publisher submissions for SCBY 2020 are open.  If publishers send in submissions to be considered for SCBY you are agreeing to the following terms:


• Shortlisted authors will be expected to attend the SCBY Celebration Day and Awards Ceremony (Tuesday 24 March). SCBY Celebration Day involves three 1 hour school sessions. The Award Ceremony and book signing concludes by 5.30pm.

• Stockton Libraries will provide one night accommodation the day prior to the Celebration Day. We ask for publishers to cover travel costs.

• Stockton Libraries will pay authors a fee for attending Celebration and Awards Day.

• To provide 30 copies of the shortlisted books to be sent into school participating in SCBY.


If you would like to submit a book for Stockton Children’s Book of the Year (SCBY) then please read the criteria above.  If the book meets these guidelines then post a copy of the book to the address below: 

Angela Foster
Stockton Central Library
Church Road
TS18 1TU

Please make sure that the parcel is clearly labelled on the front with SCBY with a letter inside stating that you would like it submitted for the award with your contact information. 


Schools & Teachers

If you are a teacher or school that would like to be involved then please look at the timeline as this will let you know where we are in the project and that you can be involved from September. Please note that SCBY is only open to schools in Stockton-on-Tees and for students in Year 5, 6 and 7. For further information contact Angela Foster on or 01642 528501.


Children & Parents /Carers

If you are a child or parent and would like to get involved then please speak to a teacher at your school and show them the website so they can show an expression of interest to be involved for the next year in September. Alternatively the current shortlist is always available to borrow from the library so you can still read the shortlist and decide who you think should win or look at the past winners to see which book you might like to try next.