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

Book Awards

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.