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 students choose the shortlist of 5 and also vote for their favourites.
Awesome Book Awards Organised by Cranleigh Prep School in Surrey and run for primary schools


Berkshire Book


Open to all secondary schools in Berkshire.  For the best recently written book aimed at  11-14 year olds. Winners announced in May

Bishop’s Stortford Picture Book Award
Brilliant Book Award This award is run for schools in Nottinghamshire by the SLS
Bristol Teen Book Award Celebrates diversity, aimed at Year 9+
Bolton Children’s Fiction Award
Cheshire Schools’ Book Award Run by the SLS for schools in Cheshire
Derbyshire Schools’ Book Award Run by the Association of Derbyshire librarians in schools (ADLIBS)
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
Dudley Teen Book Award
Enfield Children’s Book Award
Essex Book Awards Run by Essex SLS for secondary students in the area
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 Run by the Leeds SLS
Lewisham Book Award  Years 7-8 in Lewisham ares
MABA Maidstone Area Book Awards

North East Teen Book Award

North East Book Award

For Year 9+ pupils in the region


This is for Years 7+8


North Somerset Teachers’ Book Award Five different categories of books spanning all ages from primary upwards
Northern Ireland Book Award For secondary students in Northern Ireland
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
Scottish Teenage Book Prize New book award for Scottish secondary schools
(Scottish) Bookbug Picture Book Prize For Scottish primary schools
Sheffield Children’s Book Award
Southern Schools Book Award
Staffordshire Young Teen Fiction Award Run by Staffordshire Public Library Service
Surrey Libraries Book Award Aimed at primary schools
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 Initially the Book Award for Trinity Group of Independent Schools.  Now welcomes other schools.  Shortlist in September, Ceremony in March
 South East Schools Themed Book Award

 Award ceremony in March.  Different theme every year.



 Warwickshire Book Awards  Run by the local SLS, this has both a Junior Section for Primaries, and two categories (7-8, 9+) for Secondary Schools
Weald Book Award Year 6 students in feeder primaries to large secondary schools in area
Wessex Amazing Book Award
West Sussex SLS Book Awards Primary schools in West Sussex.  Tweet to @WestSussexSLS
Wirral Paperback of the Year Author event in March and voting in June
 Wolverhampton Children’s Book Award  Run by the SLS for children between 9 and 12


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


9 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!

  6. West Sussex Schools Library Service run two awards: the Picture Books to Shout About award for KEy Stage 1 with potential to use with Key Stage 2 as a transition project; and the Story Book Award for year 5 children. Both awards are open to any West Sussex Primary/Infant/Junior school W holding a current SLA with the West Sussex Schools Library Service.

  7. Concord College and Shropshire Schools Library Service joined forces this year to establish the Shropshire Teenage Book Award. Pupils in years 7-9 from eleven secondary schools throughout Shropshire took part in this first year. Speakers at our Award ceremony were Sita Brahmachari, Elizabeth Laird and Beverley Naidoo. Winning titles were
    Gold: Michael Morpurgo for ‘Private Peaceful’,
    Silver: Elizabeth Laird for ‘Welcome to Nowhere’ and Matt Haig for ‘Notes on a Nervous Planet’ (tied )
    Bronze: Nicola Morgan for ‘Positively Teenage’.

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