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Since September, children from all over Oxfordshire have been reading the books shortlisted for this year's Oxfordshire Book Awards. We are delighted to be able to announce the winning books, determined solely by students' votes, and look forward to inviting you to the awards ceremony in the Autumn term.

With big thanks to the committee and all our participating schools, and massive congratulations to all our winning authors and illustrators!


Secondary Novel: Winner

When the Sky Falls by Phil Earle


Secondary Novel: Highly Commended

Worst Holiday Ever by Charlie Higson


Primary Novel: Winner

Vi Spy: Licence to Chill by Maz Evans


Primary Novel: Highly Commended

The Night Bus Hero by Onjali Q Rauf


Picture Book: Winner

What Did the Tree See? by Charlotte Guillain and Sam Usher


Picture Book: Highly Commended

Barbara Throws a Wobbler by Nadia Shireen


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  • Oxfordshire Book Awards

Updated: Apr 26

Having made the difficult decision not to go ahead with a live awards ceremony this year, we are pleased to be able to share messages from all of this year's highly commended and winning authors and illustrators!

2022 Oxfordshire Book Awards launch

We are excited to share the shortlists for the 2022 Awards!

Books can be purchased at a discount through our sponsor, Browns Books for Students.



If you are a state-funded infant or primary school in need of financial assistance to purchase the shortlists, please contact our secretary, Judith Bovington.

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  • Oxfordshire Book Awards

Updated: Oct 25, 2021

The winners of the Oxfordshire Book Awards are determined solely from the votes of school children across the county. Big congratulations to all our winners! The Highly Commended books are those that received the second highest number of votes.

We hope to be able to invite our participating schools to come together for a live ceremony on Wednesday 10th November at Oxford High School.


Secondary Novel: Winner

Dark Blue Rising by Teri Terry


Secondary Novel: Highly Commended

Run, Rebel by Manjeet Mann


Primary Novel: Winner

The Unadoptables by Hana Tooke


Primary Novel: Highly Commended

The Girl Who Speaks Bear by Sophie Anderson


Picture Book: Winner

Elephant in my Kitchen by Smriti Halls, illustrated by Ella Okstad



Picture Book: Highly Commended

Perdu by Richard Jones


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