Tower Hamlets Book Award 2014


The 2014 Tower Hamlets Book Award Shortlist is:

  • David Almond – The Boy who Swam with Piranhas
  • David Almond – Mouse Bird Snake Wolf
  • Sita Brahmachari – Kite Spirit
  • Berlie Doherty – The Company of Ghosts
  • Gill Lewis – Moon Bear
  • Rob Lloyd Jones – Wild Boy
  • Chris Riddell – Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse
  • Dan Smith – My Friend the Enemy

Download the Shortlist PowerPoint (revised 8/9/14)

Cast your vote!

  • There can only be one winner for the award, and YOU get to decide! Votes will be counted at the finale on the 28th November and every pupil has their own individual vote for their favourite book.
  • You can download the Ballot Paper here, to bring to the finale or drop off at the library OR you can email me a tally of votes from your reading groups to
  • If your group isn’t coming to the finale then votes must reach the library by Thursday 27th or they wont be counted (because we’ll all be at the finale having too much fun to be checking emails).


Book Award timeline and suggested activities (After the award!)
  • Invite the winning author and/or the other shortlisted authors to your school
  • Encourage pupils to read and discuss the winning book if they haven’t already done so
  • Plan your next reading event!
  • Get thinking about the books that you think should be nominated for the 2015 Tower Hamlets Book Award – all books must have been published in paperback in 2014


Bookmark Competition

Thank you for all of the great artwork for the competition. We’ve chosen the winners and will make the final announcement at the award finale.

The Prizes:

  • Pupils will be awarded a prize at the grand finale (if they can’t attend, the prize will be sent to their school).
  • Winning bookmarks will be printed next summer term and sent to schools as part of the 2015 Book Award.

About the award:

The Book Award is for pupils aged 10 to 13. The aim is to encourage children to read, to bring children together to enable debate and discussion about books and to encourage children to share the pleasure of reading.

Because the award bridges primary and secondary schools, it encourages pupils from different phases to share in reading events and work together. Schools who have taken part in the award have found it to be highly beneficial in encouraging children to broaden their reading range and develop their literacy – not just in reading but also in speaking and listening, as a core part of any book award is discussion and debate.

2014 shortlist poster
Posters and postcards will be delivered in September

Opening Times

Opening times

Term time Monday – Thursday: 9am to 5pm

Fridays and holidays: 9am to 4:30pm

Christmas holiday

23rd December to 1st January : CLOSED