Our Best Book

Best book 2018

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

Further information


A long list of about 20 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 Library Services to Education. 

Our Best Book shortlist 2018

  • Beaky Malone: World's Greatest Liar - Barry Hutchison
  • Dog Man - Dav Pilkey
  • Flesh and Blood - Chris Priestley
  • Radio Boy - Christian O'Connell
  • The Everything Machine - Ally Kennen

Our Best Book longlist 2019

  • Noah Scape Can't Stop Repeating Himself - Guy Bass
  • The Stinky Truth - Joe Berger
  • Alone - D J Brazier
  • The Wild Robot - Peter Brown
  • Bird and Squirrel on the Run - James Burks
  • When The Mountains Roared - Jess Butterworth
  • Rory Branagan (Detective) - Andrew Clover and Ralph Lazar (illustrator)
  • The Infinite Lives of Maisie Day - Christopher Edge
  • Kick - Mitch Johnson
  • The Peculiars - Kieran Larwood & Karl James Mountford (illus)
  • The Incredible Dadventure - Dave Lowe
  • Embassy of the Dead - Will Mabbitt
  • I Don't Like Poetry - Joshua Seigal
  • The Secret Horses Of Briar Hill - Megan Shepherd
  • I Swapped My Brother On The Internet - Jo Simmons
  • Looshkin - Jamie Smart
  • Hari and his electric feet - Alexander McCall Smith
  • Free Lance and the Lake of Skulls - Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell
  • The 1000 year old Boy - Ross Welford
  • Swashbuckle Lil: The Secret Pirate - Elli Wollard

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

Our Best Book 2019

Our Best Book 2018 Winner

Congratulations to Dav Pilkey for his book, Dog Man. 

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