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Our Best Book

Jamie Smart - Looshkin - Our Best Book winner 2019

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


A long list of 15 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 Creative Learning Services. 

Our Best Book shortlist 2020

  • Roller Girl – Victoria Jamieson
  • Killer Custard – Steve Barlow and Steve Skidmore
  • The Bad Guys: Episode 1 and Episode 2 – Aaron Blabey
  • Shivers: Ghost Stories – John Townsend
  • Not My Fault – Cath Howe
  • Inkling – Kenneth Oppel

Our Best Book longlist 2021

  • Too small Tola - Atinuke
  • The unimaginary friend (Skeleton Keys) - Guy Bass
  • Charlie changes into a chicken - Sam Copeland
  • The clockwork crow - Catherine Fisher
  • Bright bursts of colour - Matt Goodfellow
  • Evie and the animals - Matt Haig
  • Boot small robot big adventure - Shane Hegarty
  • Crater Lake - Jennifer Killick
  • Eating chips with monkey - Mark Lowery
  • The time of green magic - Hilary McKay
  • Lori and Max - Catherine O’Flynn
  • Anisha, accidental detective - Serena Patel
  • Seven ghosts - Chris Priestley
  • No adults allowed (Super side kicks) - Gavin Aung Than
  • Sam Wu is not afraid of zombies - Katie & Kevin Tsang

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

Our Best Book 2020 Winners

  • 1st - The Bad Guys: Episode 1 and Episode 2 – Aaron Blabey
  • 2nd – Killer Custard  - Steve Barlow and Steve Skidmore
  • 3rd – Not my fault - Cath Howe

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