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Warwickshire Junior Book Award (Year 5-6)


Warwickshire Junior Book Award (Year 5-6)

Piloted in 2011, our award for pupils in years 5 and 6 has become a firm favourite! Pupils choose their favourite ‘good read’ from a shortlist of four fiction books published during the last year.  At the final celebration in June/July, pupils are treated to a talk by at least one of the shortlisted authors, who will also answer questions and sign books. We are very grateful to our sponsors Micro Librarian Systems (MLS) who support the awards each year.


The shortlisted titles for the Warwickshire Junior Book Awards 2015 are:

My Brother’s Shadow  by Tom Avery

Knightley and Son by Rohan Gavin

Destination Earth by Ali Sparkes

No Stone Unturned by Helen Watts

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Watch our Warwickshire Junior and Secondary Book Awards Video!

The WJBA 2014 winner is:

Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell!

Some 500 students from a record 35 schools across Warwickshire converged on the Spa Centre in Leamington on 8th July to hear the announcement of the winner of the 2014 Junior Book Award. Both the winner and the runner-up - Janis Mackay, author of The Accidental Time Traveller - spoke to the pupils and kept them fully engaged about the joy of writing books but also the thrill of reading, and they fielded a range of challenging questions from the participants

The Runners-up:

● Nicola Davies - Whale boy

● Gareth P Jones - The soc13ty of thirteen

● Janis MacKay - The accidental time traveller


Our past winners include:


2013: Whizz Pop Chocolate Shop by Kate Saunders 

On finding out she had won, author Kate Saunders said: “Thanks so much for this award, and a particularly huge thank you to everyone who voted for me - Keep reading stories, and keep making them up. Stories make the world go round and I’m really proud that you voted for mine.”


2012 : Sky Hawk by Gill Lewis

“I'm thrilled to have won the Warwickshire Junior Book Award especially as there was such a strong short list to choose from. As an author, it's always wonderful to see children reading books, talking about books and sharing their views. Sometimes award schemes such as this get us all reading books we might not have thought to pick up. I'd like to say a huge thank you to all the organisers, to the librarians, the teachers and most importantly, the readers. I hope you have enjoyed reading all the books! Gill Lewis.


2011: Maskmaker by Jane Johnson

“I am very proud that you liked Maskmaker best of the books you read this year. The award certificate will be put up above my desk in pride of place, and every time I look at it, it will inspire me to add a bit more magic to the adventure story I am writing.” Jane Johnson


Contact SLS to register by emailing schoolslibraryservice@warwickshire.gov.uk