Juniper Book Awards 2024: The winners have been announced


The book reviews are in, and the votes have been counted; Juniper Education is pleased to announce that the Book of The Year, as voted by the readers, is… drum roll please:

Bite Risk by S.J.Wills

Congratulations to all the authors whose books made the shortlist for the awards! The students from participating schools thoroughly enjoyed reading each of them, as evident from the reviews that were submitted online.

Bite Risk | By S.J Wills |

About the event

The Juniper Book Awards (JBA) is an annual event that celebrates reading for pleasure in children ages 10+ across primary and secondary school education. The winners were announced on Thursday, 18th April, during a live ceremony hosted by Hazel Murrell, our Education Resources Service Manager at Juniper Education and attended by participating schools, along with 5 of the 6 shortlisted authors.

The awards, which are now in their 5th year, help to promote a love of reading amongst children. It also acts as a starting point for students to participate in creative projects linked to the books. Schools from around the country took part, and some innovative and creative entries were made into various categories that form part of the JBA. We are proud to announce the winners of each category are as follows:

Best Book Trailer

Winner – The Books and Biscuits Club at Hockerill Anglo-European College

Most Innovative School

Winner – Highfields Primary, Manningtree.

Special Mentions – New Rickstones Academy, & St Cedds School

Best Creative

Winner – Matilda at St Peters C of E, South Weald

Runners Up:

Ellie B and Scarlett at Harris Academy Chafford Hundred

Francesca at New Rickstones Academy

Best Book Review

Bite Risk

Ellie at Haberdashers Girls School

City of Stolen Magic

Matilda – Highfields Primary, Manningtree

The Final Year

Moriyike – Brentwood School

The Monkey who Fell from the Future 

Eliphel at Brentwood School

Steady for This

Princess at Brentwood School

Sweet Skies

Ananya at Brentwood School

On another successful JBA, Hazel Murrell said: "As part of our ongoing commitment to enhancing learning outcomes, the Juniper Book Awards aim to promote reading for pleasure and help create a love for books amongst children. This year's success is attributed to the fantastic entries from the participating schools, the authors' memorable contributions, and the children's overall engagement. The JBA24 chapter has now come to an end, but we look forward to doing it all over again next year!"

Why should your school get involved next year?

The Juniper Book Awards offer an affordable and enjoyable way to promote a love for reading in schools. Consider joining JBA 2025 this academic year for the following reasons:

  • Create a culture of reading for pleasure in your school.
  • Promote healthy competition and teamwork.
  • Spark creativity and imagination.
  • Inspire book discussions, review sharing, and author interactions.
  • Support cross-curricular projects across departments.
  • Expose children to a broader range of authors, characters, and genres.

Write your school into the story!

Find out more about the Juniper Book Awards or sign-up to get your school involved next year.

A world of adventures awaits!