De Leesjury – Children’s Jury
The Leesjury is the largest young reader jury in Flanders, for children and young adults between the ages of 4 and 18 years. Each year, the jurors read and discuss six to eight books. In most cases, they meet in reading groups, which are supervised by volunteers, to discuss the books. This helps them develop their literary taste and evaluate it against that of other readers. At the end of the year, they vote for their favourites and the winners are announced. The jurors celebrate the winners and engage in a discussion about the stories together with the nominated authors and illustrators. In 2021-2022, more than 11,000 young readers participated. The Leesjury has been giving children and young adults a voice since 1971, alongside professional, adult juries. Iedereen Leest develops the communication, oversees the voting process, and provides practical information and support to local sections by organising training days.