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Book Awards

Children's book awards are one way of discovering great reads for your students. Different awards have different criteria - some are judged by critics, others are judged by teachers and some give the final say to children. Here's our round-up of some of this years awards.


Blue Peter Book Awards

The Blue Peter Book Awards were set up in 2000 with the aim of encouraging children to become readers for life. They are run in association with the children's programme Blue Peter, and there are currently two award categories: Best Story and Best Book with Facts. 

Titles that are available for students to read on RM Books include:

Best Story Winner (2017)

Best Book with Facts (2017)

Best Story Winner (2016)


The Branford Boase Award

The Branford Boase Award is given to the author and editor of an outstanding debut novel for seven year-olds and upwards. It has an impressive record of identifying talented authors at the start of their careers. 

The short list of outstanding debut novels for 2017 includes the following titles that can be read on RM Books:

The long list of novels also includes:


The Children's Book Award 2017 (formerly the Red House Children's Book Award)

The Children's Book Award is voted for entirely by children and was set up in 1980 as a celebration of the books that children love to read. The award has often recognised future stars of children's fiction and previous winners include Andy Stanton, Malorie Blackman and Anthony Horowitz.

The following titles that can be read on RM Books:

Older Readers Category (2017)

One by Sarah Crossan (winner)

Mistletoe and Murder by Robin Stevens (shortlisted)

2017 Younger Readers Category (2017)

Accidental Pirates (Voyage to Magical North) by Claire Fayers (shortlisted)


CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medal

The CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals are the oldest and most acclaimed children's book awards. The Carnegie Medial is awarded by children's librarians for an outstanding book for children and young people. Each year, thousands of students "shadow" the judging process by reading along via the popular Shadowing Scheme. It's a great way to engage students in reading, enjoying and discussing books.

See the Carnegie Medal shortlist, longlist and nominated books for 2017 here >>


The winner of the Carnegie Medal 2016 was Sarah Crossan for One and the winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal 2016 was Chris Riddell for The Sleeper and the Spindle.

Here's a list of the 2016 Carnegie shortlisted, longlisted and nominated titles:

See the Carnegie Medal shortlist, longlist and nominated books for 2016 >>


The Lollies (Laugh Out Loud Book Awards)

The Laugh Out Loud Book Prize, or the “Lollies”, was launched this year by Scholastic and the chief judge is the author Michael Rosen. Prizes will be awarded in three categories: Best Laugh Out Loud Picture Book, Best Laugh Out Loud book for 6–8s and Best Laugh Out Loud book for 9–13s.

Votes must be submitted by teachers on behalf of a class.

2017 shorlisted titles that are available for students to read on RM Books include:

Best Laugh Out Loud Book for 6-8 year olds

Best Laugh Out Loud Book for 9-13 year-olds


Oxfordshire Book Awards

The Oxfordshire Book Awards is a popular reading shadowing scheme. In a similar manner to the Carnegie Medal, a long list of nominated titles is released which are later shortlisted, and then Secondary, Primary and Picture Book winners and runners up are announced at an annual awards ceremony.

Schools' students read along with the judging process as part of each school's reading-for-pleasure strategy, having fun discovering new literature and voting on who they think should win. Participating schools and their students are invited to the annual Awards Ceremony. 


The Wolf Wilder by Katherine Rundell was Highly Commended in the Best Secondary Novel 2017 category.


See the Oxfordshire Book Awards shortlist and longlist for 2017 >>

See further information about the Oxfordshire Book Awards>>


School Library Association Information Book Award

The School Library Association Information Book Award is an annual event celebrating information books. It is designed to support school libraries and to reinforce the importance of non-fiction whilst highlighting the high standard of resources available. The first award ceremony took place in 2011. 

The award is split into three categories: under 7s, 7-12 and 12-16. Each section has a winner, chosen by the panel, as well as a children's choice winner. There is also an overall winner, awarded to the best information book across all categories.

Shorlisted titles (2017) that are available for students to read on RM Books include:

Under 7


Scottish Teenage Book Prize

The Scottish Teenage Book Prize aims to encourage reading for pleasure amongst teenagers, as well as celebrating the best of Scottish teen fiction. It is a new book prize fron the Scottish Book Trust and the winning book is voted for entirely by pupils in schools and libraries across Scotland.

2018 shorlisted titles that are available for students to read on RM Books include:

The voting dealine is 8th February 2018 and the winner is announced on 28th February 2018.


Trinity Schools Book Award

The Trinity Group of independent schools created their own book award, with the inaugural Award Ceremony in 2015. Schools outside the group are now welcome to get involved. A themed approach to the award has been taken and books are chosen by schools who took part in the Award in the previous year.

The theme for 2017 is Sense-ational Reads and includes books that explore all five senses. An optional “Trinity Plus” list is also suggested which is aimed at more gifted or older students who may have read the shortlist.

The 2017 shorlisted titles that are available for students to read on RM Books include:

From the Trinity Plus list you can read:

Shortlisted titles from previous years include:

Voyages and Journeys (2016): Powder Monkey by Paul Dowswell, The Road to Little Dribbling by Bill Bryson, And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini, Northern Lights by Philip Pullman and Life of Pi by Yann Martel.

War and Peace (2015): Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein, Regeneration by Pat Barker, Eleven Eleven by Paul Dowswell and Postcards from No Man's Land by Aidan Chambers.


The UKLA Book Awards

The aim of the UKLA Book Awards is to celebrate children’s books. These awards are unique as they are judged entirely by teachers, who are able to share the books with their classes and determine what works with young readers.

The winning book in the 12 to 16+ category is The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen by Susin Nielsen. 

See the 2017 shortlist and longlist of titles available on

RM Books here >>


The 2016 nominated titles can be seen here:

7-11 Winner

The Imaginary by A.F. Harrold and Emily Gravett (illustrator)

Shorlisted titles that are available for students to read on RM Books include:

7-11 Category - Hercufleas by Sam Gayton and Peter Cottrill (Illustrator) and The Boundless by Kenneth Oppel (Highly Commended)

12-16 Category - There Will Be Lies by Nick Lake and All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven


Waterstones Children's Book Prize

The Waterstones Children's Book Prize is an annual award given to a work of children's literature published during the previous year. In 2012, the prize was divided into three categories: Illustrated Books, Younger Fiction and Older Fiction. Six books compete within each category to be crowned category winner, with the three category winners then vying for the overall title. 

The purpose of the prize is "to uncover hidden talent in children's writing". It is therefore open only to authors who have published no more than three books, and it is the booksellers who vote for the prize winners.

The 2017 shortlist includes:

Illustrated Books

Younger Readers

Older Readers


The 2016 winning titles that are available for students to read on RM Books includes My Brother is a Superhero by David Solomons (Younger Fiction) and The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson (Older Fiction).


YA Book Prize

The YA Book Prize was set up by The Bookseller Magazine to celebrate the wide diversity of YA books being written in the UK and Ireland. Congratulations to Bloomsbury Children’s, David Fickling Books and Usborne Publishing who all have shortlisted titles available through RM Books.

The YA Book Prize 2017 shortlist includes:


The winner of the 2016 YA Book Prize was One by Sarah Crossan.

2016 Shorlisted titles that are available for students to read on RM Books include Am I Normal Yet? by Holly Bourne, Unbecoming by Jenny Downham, The Curious Tale of Lady Caraboo by Catherine Johnson, Concentr8 by William Sutcliffe and The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson.