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Coventry Inspiration Book Awards 2019

Book awards logo 2019

Welcome to the 13th 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 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

Last year nearly 5000 votes were cast before the winners were announced. The 2019 Awards will launch in October 2018 and the Big Brother style voting will begin in January 2019.
The first eviction will be on Monday 21st January and subsequently one book will be knocked out each week in each category until we reach the winners!

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.


Hooked on Books Quiz

On Thursday 24 January we held our inaugural Hooked on Books quiz. We had 11 teams participate from both Primary and Secondary schools across the city. The teams of four students had read all of the shortlisted books and were prepared to answer a wide range of questions about them. The questions were in themed rounds with an additional question at the end for any of the students to answer and instantly win a book prize. All of the teams did really well and the scores were extremely close, so close in fact that we had to have a tie breaker question to separate 2nd and 3rd places. The winning team was from President Kennedy with Ernesford Grange the 1st runner-up and Finham Park the 2nd runner-up. There was also a prize for the highest scoring Primary school team and this was won by Stoke Heath Primary. The students all had a really fun time and President Kennedy who hosted the event made everyone very welcome and even provided refreshments for all of the teams to have halfway through.

Coventry Inspiration Book Awards

Video Book Trailer Competition

This competition is open to both primary and Secondary schools and the book trailer can be for any of the books on the Rapid Reads, Simply the Book, Telling Tales  or What's the Story shortlists. If you haven't seen any video book trailers before then go to You Tube and type in a few book titles and you will see how engaging these can be. We want your Book trailer to be no more than 2 minutes long and to really 'sell' the book to other students. It needs to make anyone watching want to read the book but without giving away too much of the plot (particularly any spoilers). To see what can be achieved you will see below the winning trailer from last year's competition created by the Book Group from Sidney Stringer Academy. So get out you cameras, put on your creative thinking caps and have a go! The deadline for entries is Friday 18th January. Winning trailers will win book prizes for their school plus a chance of their video being shown on the CIBA website as well as at the live Celebration event in June


"Coven Tree" Reading Journey 

This year we are launching a new initiative to help schools get more out of the Book Awards and encourage more children to read more widely and to explore their own likes and dislikes in books. Initially this scheme is for the Hooked on Books shortlist as this allows it to be used by the widest number of schools. However if the feedback and up take is good we would be happy to work on extending it to some of the other shortlists so that more students can get involved. The "Coven Tree" Reading Journey is based around the 8 shortlisted books and uses them to encourage readers to spread out along the branches and discover more books that they might enjoy. The initiative includes a class pack of Record cards, stickers and certificates for the students and a guide for teachers on using the scheme. There is also the option of purchasing the expansion pack of books to go with the shortlist which will include a copy of all the books recommended on the record card. There will be more information and scheme packs going out to participating schools soon. If you would like to know more or would like your school to be involved please contact and we will be happy to help.

2019 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. Below are some photos from the event this year. All schools who participate in the Book Awards will be sent an invitation to attend this free event and may also be invited to present one of the awards to the winning author. It is a fantastic way to round off the hard work done by staff and students with the Book Awards over the year and to encourage the children and young people to keep reading for pleasure. 

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. 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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