Tower Hamlets Book Award 2023

Well done Ann Sei Lin!

Winning the award by just a single vote, Rebel Skies was voted best book in the 2023 Tower Hamlets Book Award

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 (Years 5 to 8). 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 and the ‘Taking Part’ section below for some ideas of activities – we’ll be updating these through September and October! Why not share what your group’s doing? Use the tag #thba. We’re on ‘X’ (@thsls) and Instagram (@towerhamletssls)

book award guidelines 2023


Your vote really does make a difference!

  • Every pupil shadowing the award gets their own vote for the best book on the shortlist.
  • Bring your votes to the finale to be counted, OR
  • Email a tally of votes to by 4pm, Weds 29th November

The winning book will be announced by 2:45pm on 30th November!

The shortlist
Taking part


The Finale

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 6 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 24th November for judging. Any entries submitted after this date will not be judged!

Staff feedback form

    The Books

    How useful did you find the free set of the shortlist books?

    Thank you for completing this form. Your feedback will help us in planning future events. If you'd like to be involved in the planning process of any of our events, please email

    Opening Times

    Opening times

    Please note that the PDC building is currently closed for access. The library will not be open during this time but staff can be reached via email or the web form.

    We will update the website once the library re-opens which we expect to be from Monday 4th December.

    Term time Monday – Thursday: 9am to 5pm

    Fridays and holidays: 9am to 4:30pm