Warwickshire Schools Library Service Supporting reading and learning in schools
September 2022

Book Awards

Launching the Warwickshire Teen Book Award 2022!

We are really pleased to announce the LONGLIST for the Warwickshire Teen Book Award 2022. Congratulations to all the authors.

Teen book award 2022This book award runs throughout the Autumn term 2022 and is aimed at students in Year 9 and above. Students will take part in Speed Shortlisting events towards the end of September. They vote for the 4 books that they want to see on the final shortlist. The shortlist is announced in early October and students have the following few months to read the 4 books. They vote for their winner in December 2022. The eight books chosen for the longlist are as follows:

  • Ace of Spades by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé
  • Only On The Weekends by Dean Atta
  • The Upper World by Femi Fadugba
  • Green Rising by Lauren James
  • Tremendous Things by Susin Nielsen
  • The Blue Book of Nebo by Manon Steffan Ros
  • The Outlaws Scarlett & Browne by Jonathan Stroud
  • Hotel Magnifique by Emily J. Taylor

For more information or if you would like to take part, please contact schoolslibraryservice@warwickshire.gov.uk 

Winner of the Warwickshire Secondary Book Award 2022 announced!

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

Shortlist announced: Junior Book Award 2022!

Warwickshire Schools Library Service are delighted to launch the 2022 Junior Book Award for primary pupils in Years 5 and 6 (#WJBA2022). Our experienced team have carefully selected the shortlist. Pupils get to read four of the most exciting books published during 2021 and they vote for their favourite towards the end of June 2022. The winner must simply be ‘a good read’ and is decided purely by pupils' votes.

The shortlist is:

    • Twitch - M. G. Leonard
    • The Chime Seekers - Ross Montgomery
    • The Valley of Lost Secrets - Lesley Parr
    • Children of the Quicksands - Efua Traoré

    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

    Warwickshire Secondary Book Award 2022!

    We are delighted to reveal the shortlist for the Warwickshire Secondary Book Award 2022 (#WSBA 2022)! This shortlist was chosen by our experienced team with the expert help of our secondary school Librarians!

    Brian Conaghan: Cardboard Cowboys
    Liz Kessler: When the World was Ours
    Kate Malinder: Asking for a Friend
    Geraldine McCaughrean: The Supreme Lie  
    Padraig Kenny: The Monsters of Rookhaven
    Alex Wheatle: The Humiliations of Welton Blake


    We ask pupils to read six of the most exciting books published during the last year and vote for their favourite. The winner must simply be “a page-turner that pupils would highly recommend to others”.

    The majority of Warwickshire’s Secondary schools participate each year in the Book Award, seeing it as a fantastic opportunity for students to enjoy reading and discussion together. Being part of a countywide initiative offers real empowerment to the Year 7 and 8 students taking part. Schools regularly report students developing a greater sense of confidence and self-esteem through the Award.

    Groups will have until mid March to read and vote on the books. We hope that all schools will be able to attend the Awards Ceremony on Thursday 24th March (10am-12.30pm). We would love to be able to host this in person in 2021 and we have booked the Bridge House Theatre, Warwick. We will invite the shortlisted authors to the ceremony so students will be able to meet some of the authors and hear them talk, which is always inspiring and engaging for students!  However, if circumstances change and Covid restrictions do not allow this, we plan to host a live virtual ceremony on the same date. 

    We would like to thank Warwick Books and all the shortlisted authors and publishers for supporting our Book Awards.

    Please get in touch if you would like to take part by emailing: schoolslibraryservice@warwickshire.gov.uk

    Year 9 Book Award 2021- the results!!!

    Secondary Schools across Warwickshire took part in our Year 9 Book Award this year. The students took part in 'Speed Shortlisting' events at their schools in September and chose this fabulous shortlist. They then read the four shortlisted books and voted for their favourite in early December.

    We have a lovely video for you to enjoy from the winning author...

    We are delighted to reveal that the WINNER, chosen purely by students across Warwickshire, is 'The Island' by C.L. Taylor! A page-turning thriller with great characters and lots of twists and turns to keep you guessing all the way through.

    We also had some great student competition entries and the winners from Alcester Academy and Exhall Grange Specialist School will receive their prizes soon!

    Thanks to all the students who took part and to all the fantastic librarians and teachers who support them. A big thank you also to all the long and shortlisted authors for supporting this award. 

    If you would like more information about our Book Awards or the other things we do to support schools with reading for pleasure and learning, please get in touch at:

    schoolslibraryservice@warwickshire.gov.uk 

    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.