Helping children love reading

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 (formerly EES 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.

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Each year the Education Resources Service shortlists six age-appropriate books for pupils to read over the Autumn term, they can then post reviews and vote for their favourite book online, along with other schools across the county. For more information or guidance on how to get involved, please contact us on 0345 200 8600 or email

By signing up to the Juniper Education Book Awards your school will receive:

  • A copy of each of the six shortlisted books, as well as a discounted rate to purchase more copies
  • A pack with guidance and ideas for running activities in your school around the books
  • Access to the JBA forum, where pupils can post reviews, comments and vote for their favourite book
  • An invitation for pupils involved to attend the award ceremony, with a chance to meet the authors

Results from the 2018 Book Awards

Book of the Year 2018
All the Things that could go Wrong by Stewart Foster

Best Book Reviews
All the Things that could go Wrong – Keira D, Sweyne Park School
Troublemakers – Matthew W, King Edward VI Grammar School
The Starman and Me – May, Westcliff High School
The Island at the End of Everything – Daisy Hawkes, Great Baddow High School
Kick – Mia Todd, Stewards Academy
Scarecrow – Olivia Houghton, Moulsham High School

Best Book Trailer
Books & Biscuits Club, Hockerill Anglo-European College

Most Innovative School
Winner – New Rickstones Academy
Second Prize – Great Baddow High School

Our Awards

ERS-UK School Library Award
Secondary schools in Essex, Southend, Thurrock and Hertfordshire will have the opportunity to accredit their library service through a new national award scheme. The ERS-UK School Library Award consists of an audit of 20 key library activities that is carried out by school library staff and assessed by advisory librarians at Juniper Education for Schools/Education Resource Service. See a sample self-assessment form.