Warwickshire Schools Library Service Supporting reading and learning in schools
November 2019

Book Awards

Warwickshire Secondary Book Award 2020 Digital Award Ceremony!

We are very pleased to announce that our Warwickshire Secondary Book Award Digital Final Ceremony will begin on Monday 30th March 2020.

Students from 18 schools across Warwickshire have taken part in the Award this year and voted for their favourite book, from a shortlist of 6 fantastic books published in the last year.

We are delighted to be able to bring this to you online. We were hugely disappointed to have to cancel the ceremony and we know the students were too. Every day this week we will be releasing a video from one of the shortlisted authors for you to enjoy. Please use the links we send you to join in!

Day one
Day two
Day three
Day four

Day five - your winner announced!
Winning competition entries - We had some fabulous entries so thank you to all those who entered.

Finally, thank you very much to all the wonderful students, librarians, teachers and authors for supporting this event (and supporting us!)
Thank you as always to Warwick Books for ensuring that students were able to receive their pre-ordered books and for supporting us all.

Sign-up for our Warwickshire Junior Book Award 2020!

Warwickshire Schools Library Service is delighted to launch the 2020 Junior Book Award for primary pupils in Years 5 and 6. We are asking pupils to read four great books published during 2019 and then to vote for their favourite. The winner must simply be ‘a good read.’ Pupils read the 4 books over the summer term and then vote for their favourite. All participating schools are invited to the Final Award Ceremony on Thursday 2nd July 2020 (10am-12.30pm). Tickets are shared out evenly between participating schools.

The four shortlisted books are:

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

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      The WJBA supports the curriculum (and Ofsted initiatives) in the following areas:

      • Promotes reading for pleasure
      • Can encourage 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
      • Book sessions support pupil’s comprehension of full book texts
      • 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
      • Adults/librarian as co-readers (a wonderful opportunity for modelling!)
      • Teacher toolkit to help pupils make the most of taking part
      • Exciting Competitions to enter
      • WJBA Bookmarks and posters for you to keep
      • Free invitation to the final awards ceremony on Thursday 2nd July (10 -12.30) featuring at least one author!

      Optional extras:

      • A visit by a SLS Adviser to discuss the books with pupils during the summer term
      • Opportunity to purchase sets of the books for your school to keep (at a discounted price of £25 per set)

      Please fill in the online form to sign-up for this event.

      We hope your school will join in! If you would like to discuss any of this further please contact us: schoolslibraryservice@warwickshire.gov.uk  

      Our Warwickshire Book Awards!

      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 really 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 Year 9 Book Award (W9BA): Year 9 (Autumn Term)

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

      Warwickshire Secondary Book Awards - Shortlist Announced!

      We are really pleased to announce the shortlist for this years Warwickshire Secondary Book Awards!
      If you would like more information on how to take part in the awards please get in touch with us at:schoolslibraryservice@warwickshire.gov.uk 

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      Warwickshire Year Nine Book Awards - Winner Announced!

      We are really pleased to announce that the winner of the Warwickshire Year Nine Book Awards 2019 is The Truth About Lies by Tracey Darnton.The Truth About Lies W9BA Winner It was a very close vote with several favourites on the shortlist, we certainly enjoyed reading them all here at WSLS!
      All of the books long-listed for this awards are shortlisted by the students participating within the awards, they then vote again on their overall winners after having a chance to read them fully and discuss. 

      We are already reading books ready for the year nine awards next year and hope you will be able to join us on our reading adventures!

      If you would like to know more about the book awards that we run please get in touch with us at: schoolslibraryservice@warwickshire.gov.uk 

      Warwickshire Secondary Books Awards 2020

      The Warwickshire Secondary Book Awards will be fifteen this year and is as popular as ever with students. We are busy reading the longlist at the moment, ready for our shortlisting meeting in early November. We love them all for many reasons and part of the criteria for the secondary book awards is that the books must be ‘a really good read that I would recommend to others’.

      Do let us know if you have any favourites on the list below:WSBA LonglistYou can get in touch via email here: schoolslibraryservice@warwickshire.gov.uk  

      Warwickshire Secondary Book Award 2019 Winner!

      We are delighted to announce that the winner was S.T.A.G.S by M. A. Bennett.

      The majority of Warwickshire's secondary schools participate each year in the book award, seeing it as a terrific opportunity for pupils to enjoy reading and discussion together. 

      Sixteen schools took part in the awards this year and fourteen of them were able to come along to the final awards ceremony last week at The Bridgehouse Theatre in Warwick.The students taking part in the awards chose the overall winner and this year all of the authors attended the final ceremony, it was very special and there was a real sense of excitement in the theatre as they waited to hear who the overall winner was.

      Pictured above are all the authors (Marina Bennett holds her certificate) together with Cllr John Holland who kindly attended and gave out competition prizes and the main award, also Ayub Khan, Head of Libraries and Stella Thebridge, Manager of the SLS.

      ‘I had a great morning. Wonderful to meet my fellow authors and such passionate young readers…Books can make your dreams come true, and one of mine came true today.  Without libraries and readers I wouldn't have been on that stage!’ (M.A. Bennett)

      We also ran three competitions for the students to enter and we had some fantastic entries this year. The winner of Competition 1 was Eve from Alcester Academy with her lovely drawing of one of the characters from 'Wolf Children'. Megan from Hartshill School won Competition 2 with her imaginative alternative ending to 'The Nearest Far Away Place' and George from Exhall Grange wrote a persuasive blog championing his favourite book 'Rook'. Thank you to all the students who entered the competitions. 

      Many thanks to The Bridge House Theatre in Warwick for hosting, to Warwick Books for supporting this event and to the publishers who provided the competition prizes for students (Barrington Stoke and Hot Key Books) .

      Warwickshire Year Nine Book Awards 2019

      Students are currently busy reading the 4 shortlisted books that they chose for this years Warwickshire Year 9 Book Award.


      The team at WSLS carefully selected a longlist of 10 books, which are 10 of the most exciting books published in the past year. Students across Warwickshire took part in longlist speed dating events where they chose the final 4 shortlisted books.

      We hope that they will inspire, challenge and leave a lasting impression on readers. Students also have the opportunity to take part in competitions alongside the Award, giving them opportunities to be creative and champion their favourite book!

      Students across Warwickshire will vote for their favourite at the beginning of December and their votes alone will decide the WINNER!

      If you would like more information please contact us here: schoolslibraryservice@warwickshire.gov.uk

      Warwickshire Junior Book Award 2019!

      Pupils across Warwickshire read the four shortlisted books below and voted for their favourite!

      • 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

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        We had a wonderful time celebrating the four fantastic shortlisted books and authors at our Award Ceremony in July 2019 at the Bridge House Theatre, Warwick.

        The winner, chosen by pupils across Warwickshire, was Sylvia Bishop for her book 'The Secret of the Night Train.' Thank you to all the pupils who took part and to the wonderful authors who attended the ceremony. We loved hearing what has inspired you to read and write your books!

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        (Picture shows (from left to right) the shortlisted authors: Nicki Thornton, S.E. Durrant, Sylvia Bishop and Hilary McKay)

        If you would like to find out more about our Book Awards, then please contact us at schoolslibraryservice@warwickshire.gov.uk.