How are the Book Awards organised?

Welcome to the 17th year of the Coventry Inspiration Book Awards. There are five 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 would like to order your sets of books then please download the order forms and return them to SLS or just email

The voting will start in January and the book evictions will take place on the following dates:

  • Monday 30 January - First book is voted off
  • Monday 6 February – Second book is voted off
  • Monday 13 February – Third book is voted off
  • Half term
  • Monday 27 February – Fourth book is voted off
  • Monday 6 March – Fifth book is voted off leaving us with the final 3 books!
  • Wednesday 15 March – Winners announced

Why take part in the Coventry Inspiration Book Awards?

Research shows that Reading for Pleasure not only improves all-round attainment in school including in maths but also increases empathy skills and improves mental wellbeing. Ofsted is now starting to recognise the importance of Reading for Pleasure being at the heart of a school’s literacy policy and recent inspection reports have highlighted this change in focus.

The Coventry Inspiration Book Awards are the ideal way to get more of your students to read for pleasure. But don't take our word for it, here are some of the comments made by students who took part in the Book Awards last year. 

Book Awards has drawn me more into reading
The book awards have encouraged me to
The Book Awards are a great way to find new books to read
Every book was amazing and has inspired me to read
I loved the quiz because of the excitement and the books were amazing!

Each of the carefully selected shortlists have been tailored to the specific needs of each of the targeted age groups and cover a wide range of genres and styles to help children find the right book for them. Taking part in the Book Awards is about more than just reading and voting for the books. It’s about being part of a wider reading community across the city. The 2 competitions (Hooked on Books quiz and the video book trailer competition) we run as part of the Book Awards are part of this as is the Celebration Event held at the end of June when we invite all of the winning authors and illustrators to come along and receive their awards from the children who have been voting for their books.

If you want to see how taking part in the Book Awards across your school can engage pupils in reading for pleasure then please watch the Celebration video from last year's Book Awards where you can see how Cannon Park Primary school used the Coventry Inspiration Book Awards to inspire all of their children to read and enjoy books and the impact it has had on the reading culture in the school. 

Hooked on Books Quiz

We are hoping that our popular hooked on books quiz will be back as a face to face event this year. The quiz has themed rounds of questions all about the Hooked on Books shortlist, so the more you have read the better your chances! It is always a fun afternoon with teams from Primary and Secondary schools pitted against each other and great book prizes to be won. 

When we have a date and venue confirmed we will let all the schools who have bought the Hooked on Books shortlist know directly as well as putting the details here. 

2023 celebration event

We are hoping to be able to have a live celebration again this year after the hiatus caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. It is always a fun afternoon with many of the participating schools bringing groups of students along to meet the winning authors and hear from fellow pupils as to why they loved the book. We will post more details about the event as soon as we are able to. 

Poster and bookmarks

The posters and bookmarks for the CIBA 2023 awards have already been sent out to all schools who have purchased one of the shortlists, but they are available to download if you wish to print more yourself. We also have the CIBA logo available and the primary shortlist and secondary shortlist so you can if you wish print them off and make your own Coventry Inspiration Book Awards display in your library or classroom.  

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