Local Book Awards

School Librarians are involved in local book awards all around the country.  Not only the main awards like the Carnegie/Greenaway shadowing, but many are involved with other awards as well.  This is a link to the websites for those awards, in alphabetical order.

Local UK Book Awards
 The Amazing Book Awards The ABAs, or to give it its full name, The Sussex Coast Schools’ Amazing Book Awards, is a book award set up at the start of 2011 by a small group of school librarians from West Sussex. The group felt that secondary school students, particularly those in years nine and ten, were so often overlooked by those bigger book awards, which frequently aim themselves at students in lower years. The ABAs is your chance to let your students take control. Although we, with the help of the publishers and nominations from participating school librarians, create the long list, the students choose the shortlist of 5 and also vote for their favourites. There is no overall veto or “panel vote”, the books chosen by the students are the winners.
Angus Book Award For secondary schools in Angus, Scotland.  Running for 20 years.  Shortlist in January, Award in May.
Bolton Children’s Fiction Award
Catalyst North Lanarkshire Book Award.  Shortlist in March, Award in June
CBI – Children’s Book Award Ireland Formerly the Bisto Awards.  For authors and illustrators born or resident in Ireland. Shortlist in March, Award in May
Cheshire Schools’ Book Award  Shortlist in October, Award in June. Shortlist is from nominations from pupils in all schools taking part.
Coventry Inspiration Book Awards
Doncaster Book Award  Primary and Secondary schools in the area, in collaboration with Doncaster Public Libraries
Dorset New Horizons Book Award Run by Dorset Public and School Library services
Enfield Children’s Book Award
Hampshire Book Awards Four categories – Illustrated for Year 5’s, Information for Year 4’s, Picture Books for Year 1, and Book Award for Year 8’s.  Shortlist in March and Award in June
Haringey Children’s Book Award Aimed at pupils in Years 5-7 with secondaries acting as hubs for primaries. Joint events throughout culminating in ceremony.Voting by students and ceremony in the Spring Term.
Lancashire Fantastic Book Awards For pupils aged 9-11 in the area.
Leeds Book Awards Three categories covering secondary school ages in the area. Shortlist in January, Award in May
Lewisham Book Award
Northern Ireland Book Award Pupils in Years 8-9.  All Northern Ireland schools welcome
North East Book Award For Year 7-8 pupils in the region
North East Teen Book Award For Year 9+ pupils in the region
North Somerset Teachers’ Book Award Five different categories of books spanning all ages from primary upwards
Phoenix Book Award  London Borough of Lambeth Award for Years 5-8, encouraging reading across the primary/secondary transition and including reluctant/struggling readers.
RED Book Award, Falkirk
Redbridge Children’s Book Award Shortlist in March, Award in July.
Sefton Super Reads For Merseyside schools.  This is the Facebook Page.  Award in June
Sheffield Children’s Book Award
Southwark Book Award   Transition Award for Year 6 and 7 pupils
Spellbinding – Cumbrian Secondary Schools’ Book Award More information here:  Spellbinding Award
Stockport Children’s Book Award
The Brilliant Book Award Key Stage 3 students in Nottinghamshire, Nottingham City and Derbyshire. Run by Nottingham Education Library Service
Tower Hamlets Book Award Shortlist in July
Trinity Schools Book Award Book Award for Trinity Group of Independent Schools.  Thematic, with inauguaral award in March 2015
Warwickshire Secondary Book Award  For secondary age pupils in the local area
West Kent Schools Themed Book Award Award ceremony in March.  Different theme every year.
Worcestershire’s Awesomest Book Award and Worcestershire’s Teen Book Award

Awesomest is for pupils in Years 4,5 and 6.  WTBA is for pupils in years 7-9.

Both Awards are read over the Spring Term and voted for at the end of term.

 

Local (International)  Book Awards
Red Dot Book Awards Initiative of International School Libraries in Singapore.

 

7 thoughts on “Local Book Awards

  1. I administer the West Kent Schools Themed Book Award which ha been running for 7 years and 16 secondary schools in west kent take part reading 5 titles in young adult category and 5 titles in teenage category on a different theme each year. For 2014/15 the theme is Against the Odds. We hold an award ceremony in march each year to announce the winners and invite writers.

  2. The Tower Hamlets Book Award is aimed at the primary/secondary transition years, Years 5 to 8. The shortlist is the best books from 2 book lists we produce annually, one for primary and one for secondary. The finale is held in November, with the winning author chosen by children. Around 30 primary and secondary schools read the books with groups from more than 20 schools attending the finale.

  3. The Cumbria Book Award, Spellbinding is also for Upper Junior children as well as Secondary. There is a list of books for each.
    30 children from our school library followed the book awards this year; our second year. It certainly increases the profile of reading in the school.

  4. Can you add the Amazing Book Awards, based in Sussex?: http://amazingbookawards.co.uk/

    This years ceremony will be hosted by Chris Riddell.

    From the website:

    The ABAs, or to give it its full name, The Sussex Coast Schools’ Amazing Book Awards, is a book award set up at the start of 2011 by a small group of school librarians from West Sussex. The group felt that secondary school students, particularly those in years nine and ten, were so often overlooked by those bigger book awards, which frequently aim themselves at students in lower years. The ABAs is your chance to let your students take control. Although we, with the help of the publishers and nominations from participating school librarians, create the long list, the students choose the shortlist of 5 and also vote for their favourites. There is no overall veto or “panel vote”, the books chosen by the students are the winners.

  5. Please would you add the Berkshire Book Award to your list? http://www.berkshirebookaward.org.uk
    This award enables young people aged 11-14 to nominate the books and select the winner. Thousands of young people from over 90 Berkshire schools and public libraries have taken part in the past 12 years.
    The 2017 Berkshire Book Award launches today – please follow us at twitter.com/BerksBookAward for updates!

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