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Lewisham Book awards

Lewisham Book Award Year 7/ 8

Wink by Rob Harrell

The Dog Runner by Bren MacDibble

Dragon Mountain  by Katie & Kevin Tsang

Rick by Alex Gino

When Stars Are Scattered by Victoria Jamieson

Look Both Ways by Jason Reynolds


Lewisham Reading Challenge Year 9/10

The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta

Catching Teller Crow by Ambelin and Ezekiel Kwaymullina

And the Stars Were Burning Brightly by Danielle Jawando

Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy Ribay

Cane Warriors Alex Wheatle

Punching the Air by Ibi Zoboi and Yusef Salaam


Lewisham Book Awards is a borough-wide award scheme designed to get Lewisham school pupils buried into the latest and the best in young people’s fiction. There is a separate award for primary and secondary schools. 

Lewisham Book Awards was set up in 2007 by Lewisham School Librarians and Lewisham Libraries to champion and promote great reads for young people in the secondary Schools of Lewisham. Each year, the school librarians create a longlist in which is narrowed down to a short list by students. The books are bought and displayed in libraries as well as in school libraries. Students read books from the shortlist then select their favourites. At the Book Quiz event, students from different schools come together in groups to pit their wits against each other in several rounds of book related trivia. Students from across Lewisham’s Secondary Schools also meet up to work in cross-school teams to pitch one of the shortlisted books to a panel of experts. They get the opportunity to vote for the book that they enjoyed the most. At the Book Prize event, the students will then pitch these books to a panel who will pick one and award the winner. The panel normally consists of a local author, Lewisham Public librarians and prominent local people.

See a short film about the Lewisham Book Awards here.


The Lewisham Book Awards for 2021 has started. Librarians and Teachers from Lewisham's Schools have been hard at work selecting 10 books for this years' challenge. There are 6 books for the Book Award for students in years 7/8 and 6 Books for the Reading Challenge for students in years 9/10. Both groups of students will now be able to get started to select their favourites and prepare their presentation pitches.


Students can pick up the books from their school libraries or in the digital library, Overdrive. Lewisham Libraries have a specially curated collection available for children on Overdrive.

You can get all the titles from Moon Lane Books, just click a book to buy!

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