Warwickshire Schools Library Service Supporting reading and learning in schools
September 2020

Book Awards

Announcing the Warwickshire Year 9 Book Award LONGLIST!

We are delighted to announce the LONGLIST for our Warwickshire Year 9 Book Award 2021!

Congratulations to all the authors.

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The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna
Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko
One in A Hundred Thousand by Linni Ingemundsen
The Boy I Am by K.L. Kettle
Wrecked by Louisa Reid
The Island by C.L. Taylor
Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas
The Witching Stone by Danny Weston
Cane Warriors by Alex Wheatle

This award is aimed specifically at students who will be moving up to Year 9 in September 2021. The team at WSLS, with the support of our Secondary School Librarians, have carefully selected a longlist of 10 books. These are 10 of the most exciting books published in the past year. We hope that they will inspire, challenge and leave a lasting impression on students.

As part of signing up to the awards, schools will receive a ‘Speed Shortlisting’ Event Pack which will give them everything they need to host a ‘Speed Shortlisting’ book event at their school. At this event STUDENTS DECIDE which 4 books will make the W9BA shortlist! They will then be given 2 months to read the shortlisted books and share their views/thoughts with fellow students, librarians, and teachers. They then vote for their favourite book and the final W9BA 2021 WINNER will be announced online in December 2021!

Key Dates:
• ASAP: Save the date for your schools ‘Speed Shortlisting’ Event, which should take place during the week of 20th-24th September
• Monday 13th September 2021: Speed Shortlisting packs emailed to schools
• Friday 24th September: Deadline for ‘Speed Shortlisting’ Votes (Shortlisting) 
• Wednesday 29th September: Final 4 Shortlist announced
• Friday 1st October: Final Shortlist book order deadline for schools
• The week of Monday 6th December: Deadline for Final Shortlist Votes (Final Winner) 
• The week of Mon 13th December: Overall Winner Announced

Please email us if you would like more information or you would like to take part. Email us at schoolslibraryservice@warwickshire.gov.uk

Please note that schools in surrounding regions, such as Birmingham, Solihull, Walsall, Worcestershire and Oxfordshire are also welcome to take part. 

Warwickshire Junior Book Award 2021: The Winner...

Thank you to all the schools and pupils who took part in this years WJBA. We had 25 schools take part this year! Thank you also to all the shortlisted authors for all their support. For more information on the shortlist, click here

We loved meeting you all at our Virtual Book Award Ceremony in July and hearing your pupils' questions for the authors answered. We hope you all enjoyed it. We know it is not the same as meeting in person but we very much hope that we will be back in a theatre with you all next year!

We were lucky enough to visit lots of schools this year for book talks- it was so lovely to see the enthusiasm from the pupils for all the books, everyone had their favourite! However, we can reveal that the WINNER of the Warwickshire Junior Book Award 2021 was Ben Davis with 'The Soup Movement.' Pupils loved the characters, story and humour in this book. Well done Ben!

We had some wonderful pupil competition entries and, as always, it was so hard to pick the winners. Thank you to all the pupils that entered. We loved reading your stories and looking at the images you created. The winning entries can be seen below and the pupils were from the following schools: Welford on Avon Primary School, Keresley Newland Primary Academy, Alveston Church of England Primary and Knightlow Church of England Primary School. The winning pupils have all been sent a goodie bag, which includes a book, pens, signed bookplates and a voucher! Thank you to the publishers and authors for your donations. Special thanks to Sophie Kirtley who kindly offered a virtual visit as a prize- the four schools above were entered into a drawer for this prize and Welford on Avon were the lucky winners!

Thank you again to all the pupils, teachers, librarians, authors and publishers for making this Award possible. We love running our Book Awards and working with you to support reading for pleasure, as we know that evidence shows reading for pleasure is associated with many positive outcomes for pupils' learning and well-being. 

Here are just a few of the lovely comments we had from schools about our book award this year....

For more information about our Book Awards or the other things we do, please email: schoolslibraryservice@warwickshire.gov.uk

Warwickshire Secondary Book Award 2021: The Winner...

Thank you to all the students that took part in the Warwickshire Secondary Book Award 2021! A big thank you also to all the shortlisted authors, librarians and teachers for all their support to make this possible. For more info on the shortlisted books, click here

We loved meeting you all at our Virtual Book Award Ceremony in July and hearing your students' questions for the authors answered. We hope you all enjoyed it. We know it's not the same as meeting in person but we very much hope that we will be back in a theatre with you all next year!

We had a great range of books on the shortlist with interesting themes, characters, plots and settings. The books encouraged lots of discussion amongst the students. Many students also discovered new genres, authors or writing styles that they had never read before but found they really enjoyed! This was wonderful to hear and is why we love running our Book Awards.

The winner of the WSBA 2021 voted for by students across Warwickshire is..... The Last Paper Crane by Kerry Drewery. Congratulations to Kerry.

We had some fantastic student competition entries. Thank you to all the students that entered. We loved reading your stories and looking at the images you created. Thank you to the authors and publishers who donated prizes, particularly to Elizabeth Wein for all the lovely books. The winning student entries can be seen below and the students were from the following schools: Hartshill School, Alcester Academy and Kineton High School. 

Thank you again to all the students, teachers, librarians, authors and publishers for making this Award possible. We love running our Book Awards and working with you to support reading for pleasure, as we know that evidence shows reading for pleasure is associated with many positive outcomes for pupils' learning and well-being. 

For more information about our Book Awards or the other things we do, please email: schoolslibraryservice@warwickshire.gov.uk

Warwickshire Secondary Book Award 2021: Shortlist announced!

***UPDATE***

Great news- there is still time to get your School involved!

Due to the latest Lockdown, we have be extended the timeframe of the WSBA 2021. The voting and award ceremony will now take place in the Summer Term 2021. If your school has not signed up, but would like to do so, please contact us as there is still time to get involved. 

Email: schoolslibraryservice@warwickshire.gov.uk

The Shortlist for our Warwickshire Secondary Book Award 2021.

Thank you to all the fabulous secondary school Librarians in Warwickshire who helped us choose this shortlist. This year the Award is taking place over the Spring/Summer Terms and is aimed at students in Years 7 and 8. We ask them to read six of the most exciting books published during the last year and vote for their favourite in the Summer Term. The winner must simply be “a page-turner that students would highly recommend to others”. The shortlist is as follows:

   -   The Last Paper Crane by Kerry Drewery

   -   Nothing Ever Happens Here by Sarah Hagger-Holt

   -   Deeplight by Frances Hardinge

   -   That Time That I Got Kidnapped by Tom Mitchell

   -   Gloves Off by Louisa Reid

   -   The Enigma Game by Elizabeth Wein

We will host a final Award Ceremony during the Summer Term on Thursday 1st July, starting at 10am and we will invite all the authors. This is likely to be a Virtual Ceremony this year due to Covid-19. 

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If you would like to take part or would like more information, please contact us at schoolslibraryservice@warwickshire.gov.uk.

Shortlist Announced: Warwickshire Junior Book Award 2021!

Warwickshire Schools Library Service are delighted to launch the 2021 Junior Book Award for primary pupils in Years 5 and 6 (#WJBA2021). Our experienced team of librarians have carefully selected the shortlist. Pupils get to read four of the most exciting books published during 2020 and they vote for their favourite towards the end of June 2021. The winner must simply be ‘a good read’ and is decided purely by pupils' votes.

The shortlist is:

  • The Soup Movement by Ben Davis
  • Voyage of the Sparrowhawk by Natasha Farrant
  • When Life Gives You Mangoes by Kereen Getten
  • The Wild Way Home by Sophie Kirtley

The WJBA supports the curriculum (and Ofsted initiatives) in the following areas:
• Promotes reading for pleasure.
• 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.
• Book sessions support 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 shortlist Posters and Bookmarks for your school/pupils.
• Free invitation to our Live Final Awards Ceremony on Thursday 8th July 2021, 10am-12.30pm

We are planning a virtual LIVE Final Awards Ceremony and we will invite all the shortlisted authors. However, we have also provisionally booked the Bridge House Theatre in Warwick, as we would love to meet you all in person if the Covid-19 situation allows.

If you would like more information about how to take part, please email schoolslibraryservice@warwickshire.gov.uk or phone us on 01926 413461.

Warwickshire Year 9 Book Award 2020 FINAL RESULT

We are delighted to announce the winner of our W9BA 2020! 

A BIG thank you to all the students who took part and all the librarians and teachers for their support.

Thank you very much to all the authors for getting involved and taking the time to record some lovely videos for the students and also sending us prizes for our competitions. 

WATCH THIS VIDEO to find out who Warwickshire students voted as their winner!

We had some fantastic entries to our student competitions. Well done to the winners at Alcester Academy, Exhall Grange and The Kingsley School.

Our popular Warwickshire Secondary Book Award 2021 is running in the Spring Term 2021. Do get in touch if you would like to sign-up for this.

If you would like more information about our Book Awards or the other things we do, please get in touch with us at 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. book award summaryPupils/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)

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

Warwickshire Year 9 Book Award 2020- THE SHORTLIST

We had another fantastic longlist of books for the W9BA book award this year and we would like to thank all the longlisted authors for their support. Students from across Warwickshire have been taking part in 'Speed Shortlisting' events at their schools. We are delighted to reveal that they have chosen the following shortlist:

    Summerland by Lucy Adlington 

    Bearmouth by Liz Hyder  

    That Asian Kid by Savita Kalhan  

    Run Rebel by Manjeet Mann 

Students are now reading the 4 shortlisted books and will vote for their favourite in early December 2020.

Want to find out more about the shortlisted books? We are delighted to share with you these wonderful introductory videos from the authors, which includes a reading of a short extract from their books....just click on each author below to view the videos!

You can borrow these titles from Warwickshire Libraries through their Click and Collect service or as eBooks via Borrowbox. Happy Reading!

If you would like more information about our book awards or any information about our service, please get in touch at schoolslibraryservice@warwickshire.gov.uk 

Warwickshire Junior Book Award 2020: Digital Award Ceremony

We are delighted to welcome you to our Digital Award Ceremony. Pupils from across Warwickshire have been reading the 4 shortlisted books and have voted for their favourite. 

We are really sorry that we were not able to meet you all in person this year but we hope you enjoy watching this Digital Award Ceremony that we have created, with support from the authors, especially for you! Congratulations to all the authors for being shortlisted for the WJBA this year.

To find out more about our WJBA Award click here.

Who was your favourite and have they won?

Watch this lovely video and find out.....

(Please ensure children are supervised when watching YouTube)

Remember that you can also follow us on Twitter @WarwickshireSLS  We have been using #WJBA20 throughout the awards.
If you have any questions or you would like to find out more about our Awards and what we do, please get in touch with us by email: schoolslibraryservice@warwickshire.gov.uk

Warwickshire Junior Book Awards 2020

Welcome to the Digital Warwickshire Junior Book Award 2020! wjba20 poster

Our Warwickshire Junior Book Award began on Monday 27th April and has run for 10 weeks. Participating schools have been able to access weekly resources including exclusive videos from the shortlisted authors, competitions, quizzes, puzzles and opportunities for creative writing and drawing. We also worked with the publishers, authors and Warwickshire Libraries to ensure that pupils had as much as access to the books as possible. The shortlisted books are:

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

Our Junior Book Award usually ends with a final award ceremony at the Bridgehouse Theatre in Warwick, where we bring together all the pupils and authors for a wonderful celebration. Sadly, due to Covid 19, this was not possible this year. However, pupils have now voted for their favourite and we shared the results exclusively with participating schools at our Digital Book Award Ceremony on Wednesday 8th July.

This includes videos from all the shortlisted authors answering some of the pupils' questions, including what has been the nicest and maddest things they have done during Lockdown! We shared this more widely on Friday 10th July. 

We hope that this Award has provided some comfort to pupils during these challenging times and inspired them to continue reading, writing and drawing for pleasure, which supports their learning and well-being.

Who will win? Warwickshire pupils have decided....

Thank you to all the pupils that have taken part and to their teachers and families for supporting them. Thank you to the authors and publishers for supporting WJBA 20 and congratulations to you all for being shortlisted. Thank you also to Warwick Books for sponsoring our Award and to the Bridgehouse Theatre at Warwick School who would have hosted our final event.

Digital Award Ceremony Video

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We also thought you might like to watch these lovely introductory videos that we shared with WJBA schools in Week 1 from all the shortlisted authors, talking about their books and what inspired them...

Jess Butterworth author of 'Swimming Against The Storm'
Frank Cottrell-Boyce author of Runaway Robot
Vashti Hardy author of Wildspark
Tom Palmer author of D-Day Dog

If you want to find out more about the shortlisted books, you can watch these book talks from Warwickshire Schools Library Service staff members. Usually we love coming to visit you in your schools but that wasn't possible this year so we made these videos especially for you instead!

(Please ensure children are supervised when watching YouTube)

D-Day Dog: Book talk with Stella Thebridge, WSLS Manager

Runaway Robot: Book talk with Nigel
Wildspark: Book talk with Hannah
Swimming Against The Storm: Book talk with Angela
Remember that you can also follow us on Twitter @WarwickshireSLS  We have been using #WJBA20 throughout the awards.
If you have any questions or you would like to find out more about our Awards and what we do, please get in touch with us by email: schoolslibraryservice@warwickshire.gov.uk

WJBA20: if you loved the WJBA shortlist then you may like to try.....

(Click on the image to download a PDF)

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.

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 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 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.

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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