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The Oxfordshire Book Awards have been running since 2008. They are special because the awards are voted for entirely by children, who nominate their favourite of the books published that year.


The award has three categories:



Children throughout Oxfordshire can take part either at participating primary and secondary schools, or through any public library.

Aims of the awards

  • To encourage the participation of children and young people, both in participating schools and in the Oxfordshire community, in reading more widely

  • To promote the enjoyment of reading amongst young people

  • To promote books that will inspire and develop readers for life

  • To encourage lively debate, discussion and critical appreciation of books

  • To generate a link across the county through the medium of books

  • To encourage the use of school and public libraries, as well as bookshops

  • To involve students in decision making

How it works

  • Students, librarians and booksellers nominate books published between September and July of the previous academic year. So, the shortlists for the 2024 awards have been identified by our librarians from those books published between September 2022 and August 2023.

  • A shortlist for each category is circulated to participating schools and libraries. Students' votes are submitted in March. Votes from students are the only ones taken into account to determine the winners, and each student can vote for only one book!

  • In November, participating schools are invited to a literary extravaganza at our host school. Authors accept their awards and entertain with stories and illustration.  Students meet book lovers from other schools, get their books signed by the authors and, of course, indulge in delicious cake.

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