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2022/2023

Book Awards

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We are delighted to announce the shortlist for our Warwickshire Secondary Book Award 2023 (WSBA23).

Our team, with the help of our secondary school librarians, have selected a list of 6 fantastic books published within the last year. We are sure these will engage and inspire students to read for pleasure. All schools across Warwickshire are invited to take part in our book award, which is aimed at years 7/8. Students read all 6 books over the spring term and vote for their favourite in March 2023. Schools and shortlisted authors are invited to attend our final award ceremony towards the end of March, which is always a lovely celebration.

The shortlist is as follows: 

  • While the Storm Rages by Phil Earle
  • The Climbers by Keith Gray
  • Dreadwood by Jennifer Killick
  • Hide and Seek by Robin Scott-Elliot 
  • The Memory Thieves by Darren Simpson
  • The Summer We Turned Green by William Sutcliffe 

For more information on how to take part in the WSBA 2023, please contact schoolslibraryservice@warwickshire.gov.uk 

Warwickshire Teen Book Award (WTBA) 2022 Shortlist

The students took part in speed shortlisting events during September and have voted for their favourite books. We are happy to announce the shortlist and look forward to announcing the winner in December.

Many congratulations to the shortlisted authors. To find out more, click on the links below:

Ace of Spades by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé

The Upper World by Femi Fadugba

The Outlaws Scarlett & Browne by Jonathan Stroud

Hotel Magnifique by Emily J. Taylor

For more information, please contact: schoolslibraryservice@warwickshire.gov.uk 

Warwickshire Secondary Book Award (WSBA) 2022 Winner

We had a wonderful time at our Secondary Book Award ceremony last week celebrating all the shortlisted books. We were very lucky to hear all the authors speak about their books and what inspired them and we also had the opportunity to ask them questions. Alex Wheatle, Geraldine McCaughrean and Kate Mallinder were all able to join us in person. Liz Kessler, Brian Conaghan and Padraig Kenny all joined us live virtually.

Students from across Warwickshire have been reading all the shortlisted books over the last few months and voted for their favourite. The winning book was 'When the World Was Ours' by Liz Kessler. Inspired by a true story, this is a powerful and heart-breaking novel about 3 young friends before and during the Second World War. Their lives take very different paths but their fates are closely intertwined. An extremely thought-provoking story and a timely reminder that we must not forget the atrocities of the second world war and we should do all we can to prevent them from happening again.    Here is a lovely message from the winning author:

Thank you so much to everyone who read, enjoyed and voted for my book as the winner of this lovely award. I have to say, getting acknowledgement like this from young people themselves means more than anything. I want my book - the story, the characters and the themes - to reach young people far and wide, so to know that it's been received with the same kind of love that I put into writing it is everything I could want. Thank you again and I'm sending my best wishes and biggest smiles to you all.
Liz Kessler xx

Here are a few photos of the ceremony and the authors.

Picture 1: Liz Kessler on stage virtually. Picture 2: Kate Mallinder, Geraldine McCaughrean and Alex Wheatle. Picture 3: Alex Wheatle on stage.

We are very grateful to all the students who took part and the librarians that supported them. Thanks also to all the authors, publisher, Warwick Books and the Bridge House Theatre at Warwick School for all their support.

If you would like more information about our book awards or other ways we support schools with reading for pleasure and learning then please get in touch. Email: schoolslibraryservice@warwickshire.gov.uk

Warwickshire Junior Book Award (WJBA) 2022 Winner

Warwickshire Schools Library Service are delighted to announce the 2022 Junior Book Award Winner for primary pupils in Years 5 and 6 (#WJBA2022). Our experienced team carefully selected the shortlist which is handed over to pupils who get to read four of the most exciting books published during 2021 and then vote for their favourite towards the end of June 2022. 

From the shortlist of 'Twitch' by M.G. Leonard, 'The Chime Seekers' by Ross Montgomery, 'The Valley of Lost Secrets' by Lesley Parr and 'Children of the Quicksands' by Efua Traoré, this year's winner is: 

  • The Chime Seekers - Ross Montgomery

    Many CONGRATULATIONS go to Ross Montgomery and illustrator David Dean, along with the team at Walker Books.

    This award takes place every year and is open to all schools to take part.

    The WJBA supports the curriculum (and Ofsted initiatives) in the following areas:
    • Promotes reading for pleasure and encourages book chat
    • Encourages literacy across the curriculum due to the subject nature of the books
    • Provides an opportunity for pupils to have an independent choice of reading material
    • Introduces pupils to a new range of authors and texts, supporting their wider reading opportunities

    Benefits of taking part:
    • Reading and voting on four top reads (pupils really do decide the winner!)
    • Open discussions, often pupil led
    • Teachers/librarians as co-readers (a wonderful opportunity for modelling!)
    • Teacher toolkit to help pupils make the most of taking part
    • Exciting competitions to enter
    • WJBA shortlist posters and bookmarks for your school/pupils.
    • Invitation to our Final Awards Ceremony at The Bridge House Theatre, Warwick. 

    If you would like more information about how to take part, please email schoolslibraryservice@warwickshire.gov.uk

    WJBA Previous Winners

    We are very proud of our three Warwickshire Book Awards, which we run annually. Our trained and experienced library team carefully select the shortlisted books. Pupils/students read these books and vote for their favourite. The winner is decided solely by them, and we think this makes our Awards special! Schools from across Warwickshire take part and are invited to the Final Award Ceremony for two of the Awards (WJBA and WSBA), where we invite the shortlisted authors to attend. This is always a lovely event and a fantastic celebration of reading that we hope inspires young people across Warwickshire.

    The Awards are aimed at the following year groups:

    • Warwickshire Junior Book Award (WJBA): Years 5/6 (Summer Term)
    • Warwickshire Secondary Book Award (WSBA): Years 7/8 (Spring Term)
    • Warwickshire Teen Book Award (WTBA): Year 9 (Autumn Term)

    If you would like more information about them, please get in touch with us at: schoolslibraryservice@warwickshire.gov.uk

    See Below for our previous Award Winners:

    Warwickshire Junior Book Award

    2021 Winner:  The Soup Movement By Ben Davis

    Voyage of the Sparrowhawk by Natasha Farra

    When Life Gives You Mangoes by Kereen Getten

     The Wild Way Home by Sophie Kirtley

    2020 Winner:  D-Day Dog by Tom Palmer
    Swimming Against the Storm by Jess Butterworth
    Runaway Robot by Frank Cottrell-Boyce
    Wildspark by Vashti Hardy

    2019 Winner:   The Secret of the Night Train by Sylvia Bishop

    Running on Empty by S.E. Durrant

    The Skylarks’ War by Hilary McKay

    The Last Chance Hotel by Nicki Thornton

    WSBA Previous Winners

    We are very proud of our three Warwickshire Book Awards, which we run annually. Our trained and experienced library team carefully select the shortlisted books. Pupils/students read these books and vote for their favourite. The winner is decided solely by them, and we think this makes our Awards special! Schools from across Warwickshire take part and are invited to the Final Award Ceremony for two of the Awards (WJBA and WSBA), where we invite the shortlisted authors to attend. This is always a lovely event and a fantastic celebration of reading that we hope inspires young people across Warwickshire.

    The Awards are aimed at the following year groups:

    • Warwickshire Junior Book Award (WJBA): Years 5/6 (Summer Term)
    • Warwickshire Secondary Book Award (WSBA): Years 7/8 (Spring Term)
    • Warwickshire Teen Book Award (WTBA): Year 9 (Autumn Term)

    If you would like more information about them, please get in touch with us at: schoolslibraryservice@warwickshire.gov.uk

    See Below for our previous Award Winners:

     Warwickshire Secondary Book Award

     

    2021 Winner: The Last Paper Crane by Kerry Drewery

    Nothing Ever Happens Here by Sarah Hagger-Holt

    Deeplight by Frances Hardinge

    That Time I Got Kidnapped by Tom Mitchell

    Gloves Off by Louisa Reid

    The Enigma Game by Elizabeth Wein

    2020 Winner: Don’t Stop Thinking About Tomorrow by Siobhan Curham
    The Girl Who Came out of the Woods by Emily Barr
    One Shot by Tanya Landman
    The Gift, the Talented and Me by William Sutcliffe              
    Mud by Emily Thomas
    Paper Avalanche by Lisa Williamson

    2019 Winner: S.T.A.G.S. BY M.A. Bennett

    Wolf Children by Paul Dowswell

    Boy 87 by Ele Fountain

    I Am Thunder and I Won’t Keep Quiet by Muhammad Khan

    The Nearest Far Away Place by Hayley Long

    Rook by Anthony McGowan

    WTBA Previous Winners

    We are very proud of our three Warwickshire Book Awards, which we run annually. Our trained and experienced library team carefully select the shortlisted books. Pupils/students read these books and vote for their favourite. The winner is decided solely by them, and we think this makes our Awards special! Schools from across Warwickshire take part and are invited to the Final Award Ceremony for two of the Awards (WJBA and WSBA), where we invite the shortlisted authors to attend. This is always a lovely event and a fantastic celebration of reading that we hope inspires young people across Warwickshire.

    The Awards are aimed at the following year groups:

    • Warwickshire Junior Book Award (WJBA): Years 5/6 (Summer Term)
    • Warwickshire Secondary Book Award (WSBA): Years 7/8 (Spring Term)
    • Warwickshire Teen Book Award (WTBA): Year 9 (Autumn Term)

    If you would like more information about them, please get in touch with us at: schoolslibraryservice@warwickshire.gov.uk

    See Below for our previous Award Winners:

    Warwickshire Teen Book Award

     

    2021 Winner: The Island by C.L.Taylor

    Boy I Am by K.L. Kettle

    One in a Hundred Thousand by Linni Ingemundsen

    Wrecked by Louisa Reid

    2020 Winner: That Asian Kid by Savita Kalhan
    Summerland by Lucy Adlington 
    Bearmouth by Liz Hyder  
    Run Rebel by Manjeet Mann

    2019 Winner: The Truth About Lies by Tracy Darnton

    The Twisted Tree by Rachel Burge

    Killer T by Robert Muchamore

    The Survival Game by Nicky Singer