Juniper Book Awards

Welcome to our virtual Juniper Book Award 2020 Celebrations!

This has been our most successful year to date with 45 schools from around Essex, Thurrock and Hertfordshire joining us in reading our fantastic shortlisted books.

Participation and engagement was the best ever as well!

JBA in Numbers


Book reviews submitted on our JBA forum


Students attended our drama workshop launch at Great Baddow High School


Students attended our book trailer workshop run in conjunction with IntoFilm


Votes received for Book of the Year.


and 5 of our shortlisted authors were due to attend our Award ceremony at St John Payne School on 18th March 2020.

Best Book Review Awards

The Haven by Simon Lelic

WINNER: Matilde from New Hall School

Where the River Runs Gold by Sita Brahmachari

WINNER: Eshaal from Harris Academy Chafford Hundred

Cosmic Atlas of Alfie Feet by Martin Howard

WINNER: Frank from Great Baddow High School

The Boy Who Lied by Kim Slater

WINNER: Rebecca from The Sweyne Park School

The Dog Who Saved the World by Ross Welford

WINNER: Matthew W. from King Edward Grammar School

The Closest Thing to Flying By Gill Lewis

WINNER: Emma from New Rickstones Academy


Most Innovative School Award

Every year we are astounded to see your amazing ideas: decorating the library with spiders’webs,  escape room challenges, decorating cakes, and making charity boxes.

However, this year we liked the link to the environment and bees inspired by Where the River Runs Gold by Sita Brahmachari which unleashed this school’s creativity.

The winner of JBA Most Innovative School is:

St Cedd's School, Chelmsford

Best Book Trailer Award in conjunction with IntoFilm

We would like to thank IntoFilm for judging this Award. Their support and skills in running our book trailer workshops are invaluable.

IntoFilm were really impressed with the number of entries and level of skill and creativity this year with not only stop motion animation videos but also live action filmed on a plane at Southend Airport. It was a difficult decision to decide on just one winner so we have a runner-up and overall winner this year.

IntoFilm Logo


Hockerill Anglo-European College
Book trailer for The Cosmic Atlas of Alfie Feet by Martin Howard


Sweyne Park School
Book trailer for Where the River Runs Gold by Sita Brahmachari


The Juniper Book Award

Thank you to all the wonderful students, librarians, teachers and authors for supporting the Awards this year and voting for your favourite book. We hope you agree that they were a fantastic selection of books that were inspiring, challenging and made you think. Above all, we hope you enjoyed reading them as much as we did! Thank you all for voting for your favourite book, we love the fact that you are the ones who choose the ultimate winner.