Juniper Book Awards


As part of our commitment to helping children love reading for pleasure, we invite you to take part in our Juniper Education Book Awards. The Awards are designed to improve literacy, facilitate debate and encourage reading for pleasure among pupils at upper Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3.

Pupils are invited to read the six shortlisted books and judge which one they consider to be the best. Use this site to find out more about the books, talk and share your thoughts and opinions with other readers across the country, and write reviews.

The Juniper Book Awards are open to all primary schools (Years 5 and 6) and secondary schools (Years 7 to 9).

All participating schools will gain access to our Juniper Book Award forum where pupils can write comments and reviews about the books, and interact with pupils from other participating schools as well as the authors*. If you would like your school to take part in this year’s Juniper Book Awards please sign up below or scroll down this page for further details of what is included.



The 2022 winners have been announced!

JBA shortlisted books 2021


The 2022 Juniper Book Awards shortlisted books list has now been revealed! This year’s shortlisted books are:

  • Adam-2 by Alastair Chisholm
  • Burning Sunlight by Anthea Simmons
  • Pop! by Mitch Johnson
  • The Shark Caller by Zillah Bethell
  • Something I Said by Ben Bailey Smith
  • When the Sky Falls by Phil Earle

Find out more about the Juniper Book Awards and see the 2021 winners below.

Nomination Categories

Book of the Year

We will compile a shortlist of six titles from newly published fiction for young people. The Winner will be selected via a voting system where the participating pupils select their favourite book.

Best Pupil Reviews

All pupil book reviews on the forum will be reviewed by our team of librarians to find this year’s best review.

Best Creative Award

Awarded to an individual/group of pupils for the best creative idea linked to one of the shortlisted books.

Entries into this category can include for example music, dance, live-action drama video, poetry or art. The winner is to be decided by Juniper Education Resources Service.

Most Innovative School

Schools can submit a statement describing innovative ways that your school has implemented the Juniper Book Awards. The winner is to be decided by Juniper Education.

Best Book Trailer

Schools create a video trailer for the book of their choice. Juniper Education Resources work closely with IntoFilm who decide on the winning entries.

Why sign up for the Juniper Book Awards?

Sign up for just £104 per school and receive:

  • a copy of each of the 6 shortlisted titles
  • publicity material
  • hints and tips for running the Award in school
  • access to the Juniper Forum for posting reviews and voting
  • drama scripts to launch the Awards
  • access to a selection of Sonar Awards Digital Badges
  • book trailer workshop in January
  • an invitation to the Virtual Award/Live Streamed/In-person Ceremony in March. Invitation to all participating schools and shortlisted authors to attend*

*Unfortunately, the format of the Award ceremony will be subject to current COVID restrictions and we cannot guarantee the participation of the book authors, but we do invite them to join in with the forum discussions and attend the award ceremony, and in previous years a number of them have done so.

Sonar Awards Digital Badges for the Juniper Book Awards


Juniper Book Award - Adventure Badge


Criteria – Read an Adventure book

Juniper Book Award - Fantasy Badge


Criteria – Read a Fantasy book

Juniper Book Award - Historical Badge


Criteria – Read a Historical book

Juniper Book Award - Humour Badge


Criteria – Read a Humour book

Juniper Book Award - Mystery Badge


Criteria – Read a Mystery book

Juniper Book Award - Science Fiction Badge


Criteria – Read a Sci-Fi book

Juniper Book Award - Set In Another Country Badge

Set in Another Country

Criteria – Read a book set in another country

Juniper Book Awards - Bronze Award - Digital Badge

Criteria – Read 2 shortlisted books from the Juniper Book Awards

Juniper Book Awards - Silver Award - Digital Badge

Criteria – Read 4 shortlisted books from the Juniper Book Awards

Juniper Book Awards - Gold Award - Digital Badge

Criteria – Read all of the Juniper Book Award books

To receive the digital badges, pupils will need access to an email address; they will also need to create a password, see the link to our privacy policy here.

2021 Winners

Book of the Year

The Soup Movement by Ben Davis


Best Book Trailer 

Anastasia from Hockerill Anglo-European College

Take Part in the forthcoming Juniper Book Awards