Pedagogical commitment

Awards ceremony © Sandrine Boyer Engel

If it is a place of exchange and debate for all lovers of books and music, Livres & Musiques has been since its creation a place of teaching, initiation, learning and understanding for young audiences and schools. In a decade of intense changes in cultural practices, the festival is keen to invite books into schools and to work all year with teachers to prepare a school day, in which 2,500 students - from nursery school to high school - are participating this year. They come from all over Normandy to share rare moments with the authors invited to the festival. Meetings in the form of workshops, discussions or concerts that put music and literature at the heart of the debates, but also social issues or the discovery of the book trade.


Charlotte Bousquet, Là ou tombent les anges, Gulf Stream Editions
Aurélie Gerlach, The legend of Lee-Roy Gordon, Gallimard Jeunesse
Tristan Koëgel, Bluebird, Didier Jeunesse
Sandrine Revel, Glenn Gould, une vie à contretemps, Dargaud

The Teen Prize, the event

The Teenagers' Prize, organized by the Deauville Book & Music Festival and the Espaces Culturels Leclerc de Normandie, has become, in eight years, an essential event for a growing number of schoolchildren in Normandy. Every year, the attendance record in Deauville is beaten. The large auditorium of the Centre International de Deauville is no longer enough! The key to success: a selection of books on the favorite subject of this age group: music. The goal: to encourage this young audience to continue their exploration of the literary world beyond the textbooks.

This literary prize, created in 2009, is intended for students in 3rd and 2nd grade in Normandy. The Rectorat de l'Académie de Caen has chosen to join the process since the second edition. At the beginning of each school year, the Espaces Culturels E. Leclerc distributes no less than 2,000 books in the middle and high schools. The selection of the books - four in number - is established by the teachers and the booksellers, by taking care of the diversity of the genres and the levels of reading. The texts are read and worked on in class, and each student can then vote for his or her favorite book in April in the Espaces Culturels E. Leclerc. The prize-giving ceremony for the authors takes place during the school day and brings together students and authors in the large auditorium of the Centre International de Deauville. This is followed by more intimate meetings between schoolchildren and writers throughout the day. The Prize is endowed with 1 000€. The winning book is promoted in all Espaces Culturels Leclerc in France. In 2015, the prize mobilized 2600 voters, 57 schools and 100 classes.


2009 : Reinhardt Kleist, Johnny Cash, a comic-biography
2010 : Paule du Bouchet, Chante Luna, a poignant novel set in the Warsaw ghetto
2011 : Christian Binet, Haut de Gamme, the adventures of a piano teacher
2012 : Isabelle Duquesnoy, Constance, La fiancée de Mozart, the fictional diary of Constance Mozart
2013 : Le Quellec and Ronzeau, Love is in the Air Guitar
2014 : Nathalie Le Genre, Listen to my heart beat
2015 : Vincent Brunner, Platine



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