Tower Hamlets Book Award 2022

About the Book Award

The annual Tower Hamlets Book Award is just one of the exciting events made possible through subscriptions to the Tower Hamlets Schools Library Services.

The Book Award is for pupils aged 10 to 13 (Year 5 and up). 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.

You can shadow the Book Award in small or not-so-small groups. Have a look at the award timeline below for some ideas of activities.

Well done Burhana Islam!


Pupils voted at the 2022 Tower Hamlets Book Award finale on 30th November. Their choice for the best book was Mayhem Mission by Burhana Islam!

Over 250 pupils joined in the fun at East Wintergarden to hear the announcement of the winning book and to watch performances by some of the groups who’d been shadowing the awards.

The prize for best performance with to Cyril Jackson School. The presentations were judged by four of the shortlisted authors who were present at the event – Sita, Jo, Gemma and Sabine who we’d like to thank for giving their time to join us.

Canary Wharf Group kindly supported the finale by providing the East Wintergarden venue for the afternoon.

The shortlist
Taking part
The Finale and booking form

Art Competition

Every year we run an art competition based on the shortlist books.

Pupils are challenged to create an artistic response of their choice to any of the 7 Book Award books.

Previous competition entries have included…

  • Drawings/ paintings of scenes from the books
  • Poems inspired by the stories
  • Alternative endings/ scenes
  • Comic strips based on the books
  • Character portraits
  • Book cover designs
  • Bookmark designs
  • Models of scenes from the books

Winners will be awarded a prize at the finale where shortlisted work will be on display (guest authors have been known to request competition entries to put on their websites!).

Competition deadline

ALL entries must arrive at the Schools Library Services (PDC, 229 Bethnal Green Road) by the morning of Friday 25th November for judging. Any entries submitted after this date will not be judged!

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