Welcome to The Brilliant Book Awards

We are passionate about reading, and connecting children to new authors and their books. So in 2024 we launched a reading scheme and award for primary schools to join in with. Running again for the award to be decided in the summer term of 2025, it promises to be another great year of reading.  

The 2024 Winner

The winner of the 2024 inaugural Brilliant Book Award was Wild Oak by C.C. Harrington.

Chosen by children from a range of schools across the Guildford area, as their favourite from the shortlist, the winner was announced at the award ceremony held on June 26th.  


"We would give it five stars, and really really recommend it!"

Beth and Sheila Y6 

What you need to know...

The 2024 shortlist

These books were our favourites - but which was yours? All of them are by first time authors and were published in 2023 for readers in year 3 to 6.

How to get involved

The Brilliant Book Award goes to the favourite book as decided by children. Read the books and vote for the ones you like the best.

About the authors

Find out more about the brilliant authors on last year's shortlist.

About the choices

All of the books we chose are from first time authors of fiction for 7 to 11 year olds. This is to broaden horizons and put a spotlight on authors who are not on your reading lists. Do you have a suggestion for next year's award? Please do get in touch.

Contact us

If you need more information or there is something you want to tell us.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long have we got to read the books?

Once the shortlist has been announced you should have until May 2025 to get through the books - we hope this will be plenty of time!

How do we get hold of the books?

They should all be readily available in bookshops and online, but if you are ordering bulk copies for your school Newt books are offering 30% discount. Click here to download an order form.

How do we vote?

Voting is online, and all you have to do is rank your books in order from 1st to 5th.

Vote now