Spark! School Book Awards

From Spark! Book Awards

Resource type: Book awards

Price band: £

Key stage: KS1, KS2

Region(s): England - Greater London

The Spark! School Book Awards are awarded to books that make reading an exciting and enjoyable experience for primary-aged pupils in London and neighbouring regions. There are four award categories:

  • Picture fiction for 3-5 year-olds.
  • Picture fiction for 6-11 year-olds.
  • Fiction for 7-9 year-olds.
  • Fiction for 9-11 year-olds.

A shortlist for each category is selected by a panel of local teachers, educationalists and librarians but the winners in each category are chosen by pupils from participating schools.

The awards are open to any school with primary-aged pupils and schools can help choose the winning books for as many of the award categories as they like. Participating schools will receive:

  • A free set of the shortlisted titles for the relevant category along with access to assorted classroom resources.
  • Access to at least one online author event per shortlisted book, plus a bespoke introductory video.
  • The opportunity for pupils to enter a range of Spark! School Book Award competitions.
  • Access to the online Award Ceremony in July.


  • To participate schools must register before the end of the autumn term.
  • Voting opens with the announcement of the shortlist in mid January and closes at the end of June.
  • The winners are announced at an online Book Awards Ceremony in July.

Cost: £70 for each award category that schools participate in (schools in the Boroughs of Richmond and Kingston upon Thames are eligible for a £15 discount).

About Spark! School Book Awards: The Spark! School Book Awards are an independent set of awards supported by Achieving for Children and the Boroughs of Richmond and Kingston upon Thames.

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