Help children love reading
Welcome to The Juniper Book Awards designed to encourage reading for pleasure for primary pupils aged 10+ and secondary students in Years 7-9.
Juniper Book Awards Longlist 2024 Out Now
What to expect
These awards are a celebration of reading for pleasure in primary and secondary schools around the country.
We give your pupils the power to decide which of our six shortlisted books should win the Book of the Year 2024. After all, the winner of a children’s book prize should be chosen by the children themselves!
Your pupils get to tell us why they like (or dislike) each book by posting reviews, and you get to show us what amazing work and activities have been generated using the books as inspiration. We have awards for Best Book Trailer, Best Creative Pupil (or group) and Most Innovative School.
In previous years we have seen collaborations between school libraries, music and drama departments, interpretive dance pieces, raps, pop-up cafes, charity fundraisers, masked readers, book trailers and art projects.
Our shortlisted authors are encouraged to be involved; they can access and respond to book reviews in the online forum and are invited to attend our virtual award ceremony in April 2024.
What could the Juniper Book Awards inspire in your school?
Find out more below and sign up to take part.
See the reviews here
How the shortlist is chosen
Last year we introduced an opportunity for you to get involved in the selection process.
You can now nominate books to be included to the JBA longlist, so long as they fit our criteria below:
* Published in the UK, in the paperback between 01/01/2023 – 06/10/2023.
* Promote reading engagement.
* With content suitable for children aged 10+.
* If part of a series, can be read without series knowledge.
From the longlist, released in September, our team of librarians choose six titles to make up the shortlist. The final selection is announced when the awards are launched in October.
Awards Key dates
8th September 2023
JBA 2024 longlist announced.
16th October 2023
JBA 2024 launched and shortlist announced.
30th October 2023
Online forum opens to share book reviews.
1st March 2024
Voting opens for Book of the Year 2024 and submissions open for school awards.
22nd March 2024
Voting and submission deadline.
18th April 2024
Virtual Award Ceremony for the JBA 2024.
“My strong belief is that reading is fantastic. But sometimes, giving students that extra bit of creativity, whether it’s music, a live-action book trailer, animation or art, gets them so engaged in it. And they love doing it.”
Alexis Lock, Learning Resources Manager, Harris Academy Chafford Hundred
Frequently asked questions
We recommend schools to sign up before Christmas to give pupils enough time to read the shortlisted books and decide which one is their favourite before the awards ceremony in March. Your schools, however, might want to give pupils more or less time to read all the books.
We cannot guarantee that the authors will participate. However, in previous years we have had the authors interact with pupils in the forum, reading their reviews and attending the awards ceremony to discuss their books. Generally, the authors are very happy to get involved and love to get honest feedback from pupils.
Yes, if you would like copies of the books, we can supply these for an additional cost. Buying the books with us will give you discounted rates.
Sign up for the awards
From just £82, sign up for the Juniper Book Awards by completing this form.