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.  

Information about the Longlist and how to vote for the Shortlist

Berkshire Book Award 2021 Information & Guidance for Teachers and Librarians




  • October 8th: Launch of BBA 2021

  • October 8th: Longlist voting opens

  • November 2nd: Longlist voting closes

  • November 12th: Longlist announced

  • November 12th: Shortlist voting opens

  • January 6th: Shortlist voting closes

  • January 13th: Shortlist announcement & voting for the winner opens

  • April 28th: Voting for winner closes *

  • May 5th: Winner announced *

*Please note change of dates

Key Dates

BBA 2021

Past events





Reading Blue Coat hosted more than 80 pupils and librarians from eight Berkshire schools at an event to announce the Berkshire Book Award 2019 shortlist on Wednesday, 13 February. Our guest speaker was Imogen Russell Williams, a children’s literature critic, who reviews and writes on trends in children’s and Young Adult publishing for The Times Literary supplement and The Guardian.