Redbridge Children's Book Awards

Book Award TrophyEach year, we run the Redbridge Children's Book Awards.

There are 2 categories:

  • the Children’s Book Award for school students aged 10 to 12 years old
  • the Teenage Book Award for school students aged 13 to 16 years old

The awards process starts in September and ends in June. We invite all schools in the Borough to take part in the awards and vote for their favourite children and teen books published in the UK in the current year.  There is an opportunity for students to get signed copies of the shortlisted titles and meet the authors whose books they have voted for.

The award is still evolving and each year will build on experiences from the last. The first year we ran the award, 4 schools took part. This year, 16 secondary schools and 9 primary schools are taking part.

 

Awards process

September

Redbridge Schools Library Service invites all schools in the Borough to take part.

November

School librarians, teachers and library staff select a long list of 15 children's titles and 15 teen titles from books that have been published in the UK in the current year and aren't sequels. 

December

Sets of the longlist titles are sent to each participating school and library reading groups. Students chosen to take part are encouraged to read and discuss which books are their favourites and reasons for their choices.

March

Schools send in a list of their top 8 children's and 8 teen books and the shortlist is announced. 

May

Final voting on the shortlist.  Winners and runners-up invited to the ceremony.

June: awards ceremony 

All the participating schools and groups get together for a celebration of reading. The shortlisted authors are invited along to meet the students who have chosen their books.

There is a quiz on the shortlisted books, a question and answer session and the opportunity for students to get signed copies of the shortlisted titles and meet the authors whose books they have voted for.

The winning authors are presented with their award.

 

Longlist 2019

  • Adam Baron - Boy Underwater
  • Emma Carroll - Secrets of a Sun King
  • Jo Cotterill - Jelly
  • Kenny Padraig - Tin
  • Jenny Nimmo - Gabriel and the Phantom Sleepers
  • Paola Peretti - The Distance Between Me and the Cherry Tree
  • Onjali Q Rauf - The Boy at the Back of the Class
  • Dave Shelton - The Book Case: an Emily Lime Mystery
  • Jo Simmons - I Swapped My Brother on the Internet
  • Ali Sparkes - Night Speakers
  • Steve Tasane - Child I
  • Lisa Thompson - The Light Jar
  • Nicki Thornton - The Last Chance Hotel
  • Piers Torday - The Lost Magician
  • Ross Welford - The 1,000 Year Old Boy

 

  • Kelley Armstrong - Aftermath
  • M.A. Bennett - The Island
  • Tracy Darnton - The Truth about Lies
  • Malcolm Duffy - Me mam. Me Dad. Me
  • Ele Fountain - Boy 87
  • Candy Gourlay - Bone Talk
  • A.J. Hartley - Cold Bath Street
  • Leo Hunt - Phantom
  • Penny Joelson - The Girl in the Window
  • Muhammad Khan - I am Thunder
  • Jason Reynolds - Long Way Down
  • Jewell Parker Rhodes - Ghost Boys
  • Nikesh Shukla - Run Riot
  • Neal and Jarrod Shusterman - Dry
  • Kim Slater - The Boy Who Lied

 

Shortlist 2019

  • Adam Baron - Boy Underwater
  • Onjali Q Rauf - The Boy at the Back of the Class
  • Jo Simmons - I Swapped my Brother on the Internet
  • Ali Sparkes - Night Speakers
  • Ross Welford - The 1,000 Year Old Boy

 

  • Kelley Armstrong - Aftermath
  • Malcolm Duffy - Me Mam. Me Dad. Me
  • Muhammad Khan - I am Thunder
  • Jason Reynolds - Long Way Down
  • Jewell Parker Rhodes - Ghost Boys

 

Current and previous winners

  • Helena Duggan - A Place Called Perfect (2018)
  • Christopher Edge - The Many Worlds of Albie Bright (2017)
  • Ali Sparkes - Car-jacked (2016)
  • Holly Black & Cassandra Clare - The Iron Trial (2015)
  • Sharon Gosling - The Diamond Thief (2014)
  • Morris Gleitzman - After (2013)
  • Sita Brahmachari - Artichoke Hearts (2012)
  • Cathy Cassidy - Cherry Crush (2011)
  • Suzanne LaFleur - Love Aubrey (2010)
  • Cathy Cassidy - Ginger Snaps (2009)
  • Cathy Cassidy - Lucky Star (2008)
  • Morris Gleitzman - Once (2007)
  • Anthony Horowitz - Raven's Gate (2006)
  • Anthony Horowitz - Scorpia (2004/5)
  • Jean Ure - Bad Alice (2003)

 

  • Marie Lu - Warcross (2018)
  • Cecila Ahern - Flawed (2017)
  • Sarah Crossan - One (2016)
  • E Lockhart - We Were Liars (2015)
  • Kevin Brooks - The Bunker Diary (2014)
  • Sufiya Ahmed - Secrets of the Henna Girl (2013)
  • Cat Clarke - Entangled (2012)
  • Malorie Blackman - Boys Don't Cry (2011)
  • Suzanne Collins - The Hunger Games (2010)
  • Anne Cassidy - Forget Me Not (2009)
  • Alice Kuipers - Life on the Refrigerator Door (2008)
  • Tim Bowler - Frozen Fire (2007)
  • Darren Shan - Lord Loss (2006)
  • Bali Rai - Rani and Sukh (2004/5)

 

Contact us

For more information on the awards or how to sign up, contact Nina Simon on 020 8708 2423 or email nina.simon@visionrcl.org.uk

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