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 Education Book Awards are open to all primary schools (Years 5 and 6) and secondary schools (Years 7 to 9) in Essex, Hertfordshire, Suffolk, Southend and Thurrock. Pupils are invited to read six shortlisted books 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 the Juniper Education for Schools Book Awards starting in the new academic year (2020/21) please sign up below.

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Juniper Book Awards

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.

School Book Award Page

Why Sign Up for the Juniper Book Awards?

Sign up for just £99 per school and receive:

  • A copy of each of the shortlisted titles (additional copies available at a discounted rate)
  • A pack with example activities that have been successful in other schools
  • Printable posters and bookmarks
  • Access to Juniper Book Awards forum for posting reviews and voting
  • Invitations to the Juniper Book Awards ceremony and a chance to meet the authors*

*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.

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Juniper Book Awards

2019/20 Shortlisted Books