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Juniper Book Awards

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.

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School Book Awards
Juniper Book Awards


  • Monday 8th February 2021: Voting opens on our website. Remember each student has a vote not each school!
  • Wednesday 14th April 2021: Voting closes for all competition entries.
  • Book of the Year: VOTING HAS NOW CLOSED
    Voting has now closed for the Juniper Book Awards.
    Thank you for all your fantastic and inspiring competition entries.
    We know it will be really difficult to choose the winners.
    Check back here on Wednesday 21st April to see all our winners and a video from our winning author.
  • Most Innovative School: Email entries to
  • Best Creative Award: Email entries to or send via post to Juniper Education, 11 Freebournes, Witham, CM8 3UN.
  • Best Book Trailer – Stop Motion Animation: Email entries to
  • Wednesday 21st April 2021: Virtual Award Ceremony to announce the winners on the Juniper website.

Juniper Book Awards

Nomination Categories

The really positive aspect of taking part in this reading challenge is that pupil votes really count. Those who take part, get to widen their reading habits, improve their reading skills and meet loads of new people who like reading too!

Book of the Year

The Juniper Education's Education Resources Service 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.

Most Innovative School

Schools can submit a statement describing innovative ways that your school has implemented the Juniper Education Book Awards. Winner to be decided by Juniper Education for School’s Education Resources Service.

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 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.

Best Creative Award *NEW 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.

School Book Award Page

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 (join by 5th October to guarantee delivery before the Award starts)
  • 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 (previously we have invited schools to a Drama workshop launch event, but due to COVID-19 restrictions this is not possible this year)
  • Book Trailer Workshop in January 2021. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we will not be running this as a face to face session, but instead as an online live or pre-recorded workshop, during the week commencing January 11, 2021. The format details for the sessions will be sent to schools after sign-up. Please let us know if you are interested here.
  • Invitation to the Virtual Award Ceremony in March 2021. If COVID-19 restrictions are relaxed we would aim to organise an Award ceremony as before and invite 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.

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Juniper Book Awards

2019/20 Winners

The winner of Book of the Year is The Haven by Simon Lelic.

The winning Book Trailer was created by pupils at The Sweyne Park School. View their trailer for Where the River Runs Gold by Sita Brahmachari.

Take Part in the forthcoming Book Awards!

Juniper Book Awards

Shortlisted Books