Coventry Inspiration Book Awards 2020

Book awards 2020

Celebration Event 2020

Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic we were unfortunately not able to have our usual celebration event. 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. However, we weren't going to let a global pandemic get in the way of us sharing the joy that the children, young people, teachers, librarians, authors and illustrators have had over the last year while taking part in the Book Awards. Therefore we have created a virtual celebration event which can be watched and shared by everyone whether they are at home or in school. We hope you enjoy it and it helps to get you ready to join us in the autumn for Coventry Inspiration Book Awards 2021!

How are the Book Awards organised?

Welcome to the 14th 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 would like to order your sets of books then please download the order forms and return them to SLS or just email [email protected].

The 2020 Awards will launch in October 2019 and the Big Brother style voting will begin in January 2020. The first eviction will be on Monday 20 January and subsequently one book will be knocked out each week in each category until we reach the winners!

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 well-being. Ofsted are 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.

This year's books

The details for the 2020 shortlisted books will be available in Autumn term when the Book Awards 2020 are officially launched.  Each page will have information about the book and a link to the voting form and a blog so that you can tell us what you think about the book.

Coven Tree Reading Journey 

This year we are extending the reach of the Book Awards with the creation of the Coven Tree Reading Journey. The package is designed to give your school everything needed to get your students exploring different types of books and encouraging reading for pleasure. Each of the shortlisted books from the Book Awards on the trunk of the tree has 3 additional books ‘branching’ off it that are similar in style, or genre or both. The student first reads some of the shortlisted titles from the Book Awards. They then select one of the books that they enjoyed and try reading one of the suggested extension books. For every book they read they are rewarded with a sticker which they add to their tree. The more stickers they receive the greater their reward. For more detailed information about how this scheme works, the benefits to your school, how it ties in with existing literacy programmes and the costs. Please download the order forms. If you would like to discuss it further or require more information then please contact[email protected]


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. We will send out details of the 2020 quiz to all schools that have purchased the Hooked on Books shortlist, so don't worry you will get an invite!

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 24th 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

2019 celebration event

We celebrated the 13th year of the Book Awards at our star-studded event at the Ricoh Arena in June, thanks to our sponsors the Wasps Rugby Club. We had 150 pupils from 12 different schools from around the City aged between 6 and 16 come along to see their favourite books win their CIBA awards. We were fortunate that 3 of the winning authors/illustrators were able to join us in person and the children were very excited to get to meet them and get a book signed. The proceedings were started by Councillor Maton who had a few words to say about the importance of reading and books. 

We had 6 schools presenting the awards with King Henry VIII pre-preparatory school presenting the What’s the Story award (best picture book for ages 4-7) to winners Jim Whalley and Stephen Collins for the hilarious book Baby’s first Bank Heist. Next came a very confident Year 2 pupil from Sidney Stringer Primary who told everybody why Mr Penguin and the Lost Treasure by Alex T. Smith was the deserving winner of the Telling Tales category (best book for ages 7-9). For the Hooked on Books category (best book for ages 9-12) we had the double treat of not one but 2 presentations. As this is the transition category which crosses over from the tope end of Primary into the first couple of years of Secondary we had a group from Stoke Heath and President Kennedy telling us why the House with Chicken Legs by Sophie Anderson. Our last 2 categories are for Secondary Schools with the winner of the Simply the Book category, Scythe by Neal Shusterman being presented by students from Cardinal Wiseman. Although Neal couldn’t be here for the celebration event as he lives in America many of our students were lucky enough to meet him back in December when he came to Coventry to do a multi-school event organised by Coventry School Library Service as part of a very short UK visit. Our final category is for all those teenagers who are short on time, Rapid Reads, quick read books for ages 11-16. This was won by Ann Evans for her scary book A Little Secret.

It was a brilliant afternoon with a wonderful buzz of excitement and enthusiasm as a room full of students of all ages talked about their favourite books, checked out new recommendations. Here are some quotes from some of the students about why they love taking part in the Coventry Inspiration Book Awards

“Every Book was amazing and has inspired me to read”        “I loved this event and look forward to more in other years”     “The Book Awards has drawn me more into reading”          “The favourite part of the experience was actually reading the books"   "Reading books makes me feel happy” “The Book Awards are a great way to find new books to read"               “The thing that I like about the books are that all of the books I’ve read were different types of genres”

Take a look at the photos from this year’s celebration event.

Poster and bookmarks

The new designs for the posters and bookmarks for the CIBA 2020 awards will be available soon when the new awards launch in October. 


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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