lewisham primary book Awards 2020

Welcome to the Lewisham Primary Book Awards


We would like to invite you to take part in the Lewisham Primary book awards. Running for a second year, these awards are designed to encourage conversations about great books in classrooms and schools across the borough.


The Lewisham Primary Book Awards community 


We are a primary school librarian (Ruth Horsman), a book shop (Moon Lane represented by manager Jasmine Dellimore), and a teaching professional and co-creator of www.lovemybooks.co.uk (Sue McGonigle) who have joined forces to bring you a selection of the newest and best fiction for the under 12s. 


We have put together the attached shortlist using the following criteria: 

  1. The books need to be engaging and relevant to the age range (Reception-Upper KS2).

  2. The books are new – the version we have selected has been published in the last 12 months.

  3. There is a mix of positive representation across the shortlist – we want children in Lewisham schools to see themselves reflected in the books as much as possible.


Interested in taking part? What next? 


  1. To REGISTER click on the button below


You can take part and vote in as many categories as you would like to.


   2. How to access the books


All books are available to purchase in packs at a 15% discount to Lewisham schools. To ORDER click on the button below



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The Shortlists

Picture Books: 

  • Look Up! by Nathan Byron and Dapo Adeola  

  • The King Who is Afraid of the Dark by Emily Hayward - Booth

  • Billy and the Dragon by Nadia Shireen

  • Amazing! by Steve Antony

  • Ravis' Roar by Tom Percival

  • There's a Rang-Tan in My Bedroom by John Sellick

Early ficton: 

  • Two Sides by Polly Ho-Yen

  • Bee Boy: Curse of the Vampire Mite by Tony De Saulles

  • The Climbers by Ali Standish 

  • Wigglesbottom Primary: the Classroom Cat by Pamela Butchart

  • The Dragon in the Library by Louie Stowell

  • Boot by Shane Hegarty

Chapter Books:

  • The Way Past Winter by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

  • Look Both Ways by Jason Reynolds

  • Swimming Against the Storm by Jess Butterworth

  • Looshkin: the Big Number 2 by Jamie Smart

  • Starfell: Willow Moss and the Lost Day by Dominique Valente

  • Little Badman: the Invasion of the Killer Aunties by Humza Arshad

Non-Fiction Books: 
  • The Big Book of Birds by Yuval Zommer
  • Boy Oh Boy by Cliff Leek and Bene Rohlmann
  • Dr Maggie's Grand Tour of the Solar System by Dr Maggie Aderin Pocock
  • Greta's Story by Valentina Camerini
  • Kids Fight Plastic by Martin Dorey
  • Trailblazers: Harriet Tubman by Sandra Agard