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Our Best Book

Our best book award (1)

Each year we run the Our Best Book competition for year five and six children, in schools across the city.


A long list of 15 titles are discussed, debated and voted on by pupils in participating Leicester schools, to produce a short list of five great books.

The top five books are read and voted on by the children involved, and the winner announced.

Award ceremony

The winning book is announced at an awards ceremony in June, and children from the schools involved are invited to come along, celebrate and meet some of the authors. The participating schools each receive the long list and multiple copies of the short list books. 

We fund the award through participating schools and are supported by 'Whatever It Takes' and Creative Learning Services. 

Our Best Book shortlist 2022

  • Cally and Jimmy - Twins in Trouble - Zoe Antoniades
  • No Country - Joe Brady & Patrice Aggs (illustrator)
  • Space Oddity - Christopher Edge
  • Pizazz: It's not easy being super… - Sophy Henn
  • The Ten Riddles of Eartha Quicksmith - Loris Owen

Our Best Book longlist 2022

  • Cally and Jimmy – Twin in Trouble - Zoe Antoniades
  • No Country - Joe Brady
  • Space Oddity - Christopher Edge
  • The Exploding Life of Scarlett Fife - Maz Evans
  • When Life Gives You Mangoes - Kerren Getten
  • The Life of Riley - Simon James Green
  • Rumaysa: a fairytale - Radiya Hafiza
  • Pizazz: It’s Not Easy Being Super … - Sophy Henn
  • Hope Jones Will Not Eat Meat - Josh Lacey
  • The Ten Riddles of Eartha Quicksmith - Loris Owen
  • The valley of Lost Secrets - Lesley Parr
  • The Incredible Record Smashers - Jenny Pearson
  • The Boy Who Made Everyone Laugh - Helen Rutter
  • The Beast of Harwood Forest - Dan Smith
  • The Small Things - Lisa Thompson

All of the long listed books are available to borrow. You can pop in and pick one up at your local library.

Our Best Book 2021 Winners

  • 1st - Crater Lake - Jennifer Killick
  • 2nd – Seven ghosts - Chris Priestley
  • 3rd – [Super side kicks] No adults allowed - Gavin Aung Than

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