Shadowing in your area: North West

Alsager LRC Shadowing Group
Group Leader: Mrs Downey

Group Status: In our group there is a mixture of students from years 8,9 and 10. We are beginning to read the shortlisted books and have set up our own blog. Looking forward to reading the rest of the books. Enjoy reading!


Featured Shadowing Groups: North West

Judge North West: Emma Bateson

I have worked for Bolton Library & Museum Service since 2008, beginning as a Library Assistant before moving to Library Manager and then to my current role in the Libraries & Learning team. I work with children and young people of all ages across both the public library and museum service and the Schools Library Service, with under-fives and young adults being particular specialisms. My day-to-day work includes lots of storytelling, school visits and family events; as well as working with our young volunteers, coordinating our Bookstart deliveries and activities, and running a fortnightly Arty Babies group.

I feel really lucky to do a job that has such variety, makes a real difference to young readers and is also brilliant fun.

I have been on the YLG North West committee since 2015 and am really excited to be our representative for the Carnegie and Greenaway awards – it really is a career dream come true!

I have two young children and reading aloud to them is one of my favourite things in the world to do. My own favourite books as a child were Tom’s Midnight Garden and The Magic Faraway Tree – I always wanted to try one of Silky’s pop cakes and Moon-Face was my first literary crush!