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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 read and nominate their favourite books.


The award has three categories:

  • Best Book (Secondary School Category)
  • Best Book (Primary School Category)
  • Best Picture Book (Primary School Category)


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

What are the aims of the award?

  • 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

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