Juniper Book Awards

Helping children love learning

As part of our commitment to helping children love reading for pleasure we would like to 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 Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 2.

Pupils are invited to read the six shortlisted books and judge which one you 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 county, and write reviews.

Designed to inspire reading for pleasure, The Juniper Book Awards are open to all primary schools (Years 5 and 6) and secondary schools (Years 7 to 9). Pupils are invited to read six shortlisted books (coming soon) and judge which one they consider to be the best.

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.

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

Entries into this category can include for example music, dance, live action drama video, poetry or art. Winner 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. Winner 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 £101 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
  • Book Trailer Workshop in January
  • an invitation to the Virtual Award Ceremony in March. Invitation to all participating schools and shortlisted authors to attend*

*Unfortunately, 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.

2021 Winners

Book of the Year

The Soup Movement by Ben Davis

Best Book Trailer 

Anastasia from Hockerill Anglo-European College

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