Reading for Pleasure Award - Authors

Your commendations are needed

"You can always tell a school where books are valued. The displays, the art, posters, competitions and incentives are one thing. But what really tells is the children. They hold books, embrace them, talk about them, make them, illustrate and write them. They know books are special…."

James Mayhew

As a group of children’s writers and illustrators we visit thousands of schools and see a wide range of approaches to teaching literacy and encouraging reading. We all meet staff who are doing exceptional work, but there is no way to publically recognise their achievement. We would like to change this and have developed an immediate way for individual authors to honour a school that has impressed them with their promotion of reading for pleasure.

Your commendation shouldn’t just be for a great visit or if you were given a wonderful lunch! If you visit lots of schools, you will know when you have come across a school that is doing that little bit more - maintaining the library at all costs, making strong links with the community library, encouraging peer-to-peer recommendations, working with reluctant readers, running book clubs or reading groups and putting on mini-festivals or literary and illustrative activities that go beyond the remit of the curriculum.

Join us in honouring those schools that go the extra mile in encouraging children to read for pleasure.


How many awards can I grant?

CWIG members can grant, via the SoA, 3 awards from now until 14 August 2019 (although summer term visits can have an extension of four months). You must have visited the school over the school year (September 2018-July 2019). Schools can receive more than one award from different nominating authors.

Who is the scheme open to?

SoA members only.

Awards can be given to any nursery, primary, secondary or special schools throughout the world that an author has visited during the 2018/9 school year.

Members can nominate schools in whatever combination they like e.g. one primary, two secondaries.

When do I nominate?

This scheme operates on a rolling basis, so members can nominate in whatever order or timing that suits them  – so you could spontaneously elect schools post-visit when you feel really inspired or leave your decision to the end of a term or the school year. We would prefer early nominations to sustain interest in the award throughout the year.

This year’s deadline is 14 August 2019.

How do I nominate?

You will need to send us your and the school's contact details along with a citation (no more than 150 words) for the school. An optional paragraph of why the school deserves the award and images would be appreciated for publicity purposes. Please complete this form.

Press and Publicity

We will let you know when we have sent the school their certificate and will copy you in when we notice any mentions on social media.

We will be seeking to place stories in local or national press and hope that participating authors will either be willing to be interviewed or can help us with these arrangements.

When tweeting please use #CWIGAward #readingforpleasure @Soc_of_Authors and mention the school, librarian, staff or headteacher. If the award is given around an annual event or local festival you may like to mention that e.g. World Book Day, National Libraries Week etc.

Other hashtags include #reading4pleasure, #r4p, #reading, #lovetoread and #lovereading.

Sample tweets:

I’ve given @school @librarian/teacher an inaugural @Soc_of_Authors #CWIGAward for their work inspiring #readingforpleasure.

Congratulations to @secondaryschool @librarian/teacher for their inaugural @Soc_of_Authors #CWIGAward for their amazing promotion of #readingforpleasure

I awarded @secondaryschool @librarian/teacher a @Soc_of_Authors #CWIGAward for developing #R4P. Congratulations! You are an inspiration!