The Berkshire Children’s Book Award was launched in 2004 for the best, recently published book written for young people.  This Award is the first of its kind in Berkshire and differs from similar Award schemes by enabling young people to both nominate the titles and select the winner. Thousands of young people from over 90 Berkshire schools and public libraries have taken part.

The Aim of the Berkshire Book Award is to contribute to young people’s achievement by:

  • encouraging them to develop a love of reading and become lifelong readers

  • encouraging social inclusion by organising events and activities for young people

Research has shown that a love of reading is more important to young peoples’ educational success than either their family’s wealth or social class. Supporting young people to take part in the Award is one way in which school and public libraries can encourage young people to read more, improving their educational opportunities and encouraging social responsibility by giving them a major say in running the Award.  

The Award is for books written for 11-14 year olds and participation is open to all young teens living or studying in Berkshire through secondary schools and public libraries.  




  • October: Launch of BBA 2021

  • October: Longlist nominations open

  • November: Longlist nominations close

  • November: Longlist announced

  • November: Voting for shortlist opens

  • January: Shortlist nominations close

  • January: Shortlist event & voting for the winner opens

  • March: Voting closes

  • March: Winner announced 

Key Dates

BBA 2021
Exact dates to be confirmed

Past events





Children’s author Andy Robb met with pupils from eight schools from across Berkshire at Garth Hill College in February 2015. He e inspired pupils with his definition of “a geek”,which in his view is simply someone who has a passion for something that perhaps not everyone gets. He declared, “I am cheerfully a geek!” He spent time with the pupils who found out when he started writing, what his favourite book was when he was 12, how he got into acting!