Reading for Pleasure Award - Schools

"A stand-out school is one with: book-loving messages on classroom doors or posters; where the head teacher is talking about the value of reading for pleasure; where a variety of adults are reflecting the librarian's enthusiasm; and where kids themselves are freely discussing books and using the library, happily, voluntarily and unselfconsciously."

Nicola Morgan

The CWIG Reading for Pleasure Award was founded to allow individual authors to give thanks and appreciation to schools and librarians that have made impressive efforts to promote reading for pleasure.  Please continue your vital work which we believe improves reading, writing and research skills but also vocabulary and the ability to access reference materials.

If you have received an award, read on to find out how best to promote your achievement!

FAQs for schools

Who is the scheme open to?

Awards can be given to any nursery, primary, secondary or special school throughout the world.

Schools can receive more than one award from different nominating authors.

How are submissions made?

Nominating authors have to belong to the Society of Authors and must have visited the school over the 2017/18 school year.

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

This scheme operates on a rolling basis with members being able to nominate schools in whatever order or timing that suits them – you may find that author has waited until the end of a term or the school year before making their submission(s).

Do I need to do anything?

Yes! We’d really like to help you celebrate the award and promote your school and your achievement, so please try to do some of the following:

  • Display the certificate, letter and publicity materials with staff and pupils and send us a picture! Download the badge.
  • Email a short quote of what the award means to you and, if relevant, send us a picture of your school library or any displays related to reading for pleasure.
  • Let us know more about what you do to inspire children and how you find funding  so that we can help develop features on the award and resources for other schools. Please answer these brief questions.
  • Contact your local press. This is an opportunity to make more of your recent author visit and to promote yourselves, your school and the love of reading for pleasure to the wider community. The author who has commended you will obviously be very happy to have their citation quoted. Email if you would like to adapt a sample press release. 
  • Authors will be willing to be interviewed for local media or the school newsletter – contact them (directly or via the SoA).
  • Tweet! Please use #CWIGAward #readingforpleasure and mention @Soc_of_Authors and the author in any tweets. If the award is given around an annual event or local literary festival you may like to mention that e.g.  National Libraries Week, World Book Day etc.  Other hashtags include #reading4pleasure, #r4p, #reading, #lovetoread and #lovereading. Here’s some ideas:

Calling all parents and pupils! We've won an inaugural @Soc_of_Authors #CWIGAward from @authorname for our work on #readingforpleasure

Whoop! Whoop! We've won an inaugural @Soc_of_Authors #CWIGAward from @authorname for our work inspiring #readingforpleasure 


We would love you to send us images to use for the project, but any images you send us must be high resolution and fully rights cleared - that means:

  • You must warrant that permission has been given by the subject(s), or their parent/guardian.
  • You must attach permission from the copyright owner to use the pictures on the understanding that you are granting non-exclusive rights for the SoA to use them on a non-commercial basis. This might include (but is not limited to), the right to use them in our printed and online publicity, social media, press releases and funding applications.

Please let us have the photographer’s name so that we can give an appropriate credit whenever the photo is used.


For any further questions please email