Are book awards a good idea?

Children don’t read enough

We often see in the press that children don’t read frequently enough and that parents are worried they are not reading to their children. But why does this matter?

Research has shown that reading for pleasure not only improves educational outcomes but also increases empathy skills and improves wellbeing. Recent Ofsted inspection reports have also started to highlight the importance of embedding reading for pleasure in the school’s literacy policy.

Why take part in the Juniper Book Awards?

The Juniper Book Awards (JBA) are the ideal way to get more students to read widely and for pleasure. Our Education Resources Librarians select six recently published fiction titles. Chosen to appeal to and be age-appropriate for students in upper KS2 and KS3, they include a range of genres and new authors. Students then read, discuss, debate and review the books before voting for their favourite.
This year, due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Awards are being run virtually and we have added additional activities, resources and prizes to help you encourage pupils and staff to take part. As well as the established Awards for Best Book Trailer, Best Book Reviews and Most Innovative School, the new Creative Award will be awarded for a piece of work or performance inspired by one of the shortlisted titles – this might be a dance or drama performance, a musical composition, a piece of artwork or poem.

Also included:

  • Short drama scripts based on each of the books
  • Hints and Tips on Running the Award in a COVID secure way
  • Additional follow-up activities for each title
  • A copy of each of the books on our shortlist
  • Access to the book review forum where pupils, staff and authors can review and discuss titles
  • Online voting
  • Bookmarks

But don’t take our word for it….

So where do we sign up?

The Awards run from October 2020 to March 2021 when all the winners will be announced at a Virtual Award Ceremony.

To find out more, see this year’s shortlisted titles and to sign-up visit the Juniper Book Awards page