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Coventry Inspiration Book Awards 2017

Book awards logo 2017

Welcome to the 11th year of the Coventry Inspiration Book Awards. There are 5 categories of books to choose from for children and young people aged 4 to 18. Each category has 8 books to read and enjoy. You can comment on the books you have read and vote for your favourite one.

The first book from each category with the lowest number of votes were evicted on Monday 23 January. The books will continue to be whittled down every Monday after this until on 20 February we are down to the final three. The voting will then be frantic for another week before the announcement of the winning books on 1 March to coincide with reading events being held in schools to celebrate World Book Day (2 March). If you don’t want your favourite book to go out then you must remember to keep voting!

The books were shortlisted by a panel of specialist children’s librarians and teachers and reflect a wide range of genres and styles. For every book you will find links to the authors and publishers websites as well as a list of recommended reads so if you like a particular book you can see if there are similar books you might like to try. If you have not yet ordered your sets of books and would like to take part in the Coventry Inspiration Book Awards it is not too late, just email

This year's books

Have a look at this year's books. Each page has information about the book and a link to a voting form and a blog so that you can tell us what you think about the book.


Launch event

The Book Awards were launched at an event with one of our shortlisted authors, Andy Briggs, on Wednesday 19 October. He talked about his new series The Inventory, the first book of which is on the Hooked on Books category and the second book has just been published. This was held at the Ricoh Arena, hosted by our sponsors Wasps Rugby Club. 

Book Bouts

The Book Bouts are always a popular part of the Book Awards process. We hold two Book Bouts, one for Primary schools and one for Secondary schools. They are held in January just before the eviction process starts and are open to all schools participating in the Book Awards. The bouts are designed to give the children and young people the chance to unleash their formidable creative talents by presenting their given book in such a persuasive way that the other pupils present really want to read it. 

Book Bout for secondary schools

The Book Bout for 2017 took place at Caludon Castle School on 23 January. Also taking part were: Sidney Stringer, Finham Park, Finham Park 2, President Kennedy and Cardinal Wiseman schools.
Finham Park won the popular vote for their book (as voted for by the other schools) and President Kennedy won the best presentation. 

Take a look at some photos from the event

Book Bout for secondary schools - 23 January

Book Bout for primary schools

The Book Bout for 2017 was held at Frederick Bird school on 26 January and the standard of completion was superb. The schools involved were: Frederick Bird, Mount Nod, Walsgrave, St Elizabeth's, St Augustine's, Cannon Park and Finham Primary. They did presentations for the Telling Tales and Hooked on Books categories and were from Years 3,4,5 and 6.

Take a look at some photos from the event

Book Bout for primary schools - 26 January 2017

Video trailers for books

Some schools have written and produced a video as a trailer for their favourite book.
The following video is for the book Crossover, in the Rapid Reads category and was produced by Cardinal Wiseman School. 

The following video is for the book Dark Trade, in the Rapid Reads category and was produced by Sidney Stringer School. 

2016 celebration event

The celebration event is held in June at the Ricoh arena and is an opportunity for the schools and the pupils who have participated in the Book Awards to share their work with each other and to meet many of the winning authors. 
Take a look at the photos from last year’s celebration event.

Poster and bookmarks

We have designed a poster and some bookmarks for this year's event which you can download and print off.


Thank you to Wasps Rugby Club for sponsoring the Book Awards again and a warm welcome to Microlibrarian Systems who are new sponsors this year. We really appreciate your support, allowing us to continue running the Coventry Inspiration Book Awards so we can carry on helping local children enjoy reading for pleasure.


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