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This September, we gave five schools £1,000/€1,000 and a year's membership to the School Library Association to help them rebuild their libraries.

The 2023 winners

Congratulations to the following schools:

  • St John's and St Peter's Academy, Birmingham - nominated by Alethia. As our overall winner, the school also received £500 in cash to improve their reading and library spaces!
  • North Huddersfield Trust School, Huddersfield - nominated by Sanna
  • Scoil Bhríde Lann Léire, Co. Louth - nominated by Brenda
  • Sporle C of E Primary Academy, Norfolk - nominated by Chloe
  • Ysgol Ffordd Dyffryn, Llandudno, nominated by Camilla


We'll have more news from the winning schools soon, so watch this space!


Thank you to the thousands of parents, carers, teachers, librarians, PTAs and friends who voted for your local schools, and congratulations to the five lucky winners whose entries were picked, and who have each received a £100/€120 National Book Token.


Last year's winners


Previous winners

Our winning schools all started the new academic year in 2022 with a very welcome boost to their reading-for-pleasure budgets – and the parents, carers, teaching and school staff who nominated them each enjoyed spending their own National Book Tokens in local bookshops!


  • Archbishop Temple Church of England High School, Lancashire - nominated by Lisa
  • Batley Girls' High School, West Yorkshire - nominated by Maleeha
  • Finn Valley College, Donegal - nominated by Martina
  • Hanslope Primary School, Milton Keynes - nominated by Emma
  • Star of the Sea RC Primary School, Tyne and Wear - nominated by Jill

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Every child and young person deserves a school library that brings them joy.

Working in partnership with Gloucestershire Libraries and Little Box of Books, Read for Good provided expert library support and more than 4,500 books to 15 primary schools reaching more than 3,000 children. Following this work, schools unanimously agreed that children were enjoying reading more and reading more often as a result.

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To encourage pupils to keep visiting their library again and again, check out Read for Good’s brilliant programmes:

Thousands of schools run Readathon® because it's a proven, fun way to get pupils reading for pleasure. Money raised through Readathon supports Read for Good's hospital programme, bringing the magic of books and stories to children in hospitals across the UK.

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Track My Read® is Read for Good's brilliant new digital reading tracker, for use with or without a Readathon. It's completely FREE to use, and is a great tool to know what books pupils would choose for their library!

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Apply for one of Read for Good’s Brilliant Box of Books, helping schools and community settings in need get a boost of books!

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Get reading inspiration from their Books We Love page - ideal if you’re buying new books for your school.

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About National Book Tokens


National Book TokensNational Book Tokens have inspired booklovers for more than 90 years, empowering readers to choose just the right books for them. National Book Tokens gift cards are accepted in hundreds of bookshops across the UK and Ireland, and online. Available to purchase in bookshops, supermarkets, or online – including personalised and e-Gift cards, and Bookily – there are designs for booklovers of all ages and for all occasions. National Book Tokens gift cards are produced on FSC-certified card, have an expiry of 8 years from last use, and expired cards can be replaced.


Find out how National Book Tokens can be used to reward, inspire and incentivise children and students.


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Terms and Conditions

5 x £1,000/€1,000 of National Book Tokens gift cards for 5 schools

5 x one-year annual membership of the School Library Association for 5 schools

1 x £500/€500 cash prize for 1 school (picked at random from the 5 winners)

5 x £100/€120 National Book Tokens gift cards for the named entrants

  • No purchase necessary.
  • Opening Date: Monday 5th  June 2023.
  • Closing date: 11:59pm, Monday 31st July 2023.
  • Only one entry per person will be accepted.
  • Entrants must be aged 16 or over.
  • Entrants may not win more than one prize, but multiple entrants may nominate the same school. 
  • For the purposes of this prize draw a 'school' is defined as any public sector or independent primary, post-primary, middle or secondary school, sixth form college, special school, or pupil referral unit, in the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, Isle of Man, and the Republic of Ireland.
  • Early Years settings, including private nurseries and preschools, and home educators, are not eligible to win.
  • The prizes are non-transferable and subject to availability, and there are no cash alternatives.
  • The Promoter reserves the right to amend the specification of the prize or offer an alternative prize. In exceptional circumstances, the Promoter reserves the right to foreclose the competition without notice.
  • The cost of one annual membership to the School Library Association (SLA) will be reimbursed to each winning school by Book Tokens Ltd. upon receipt of an invoice, which must be received within three months of the announcement of the winning schools. If a winning school is already a member of the SLA at the time the announcement is made, Book Tokens Ltd. will reimburse the school for the value of a year's membership upon receipt of an invoice within one month of the announcement. 
  • The overall prize of £500/€500 cash will be paid into the school's bank account or building society.
  • The competition is open to residents of the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, Isle of Man, and Republic of Ireland except employees of the Booksellers Association, Book Tokens Ltd., Read for Good, their families, employees of participating bookshops, and anyone else connected with this promotion.
    Entrants must be aged 16 or over.
  • Entrants agree to the Promoter using their details in post-competition publicity. Your details will not be used for any other purpose, or passed onto any third parties, unless specified. Winners’ details may be shared securely with a third-party in order to fulfil the dispatch of competition prizes.
  • We will contact winners by email. In the event of a winner not responding after 14 days, we reserve the right to allocate the prize to another winner, or foreclose the prize. Unsuccessful entrants will not be contacted.
  • We will contact the named entrant to confirm the name and address of the school to ensure it is correct. 
  • National Book Tokens gift cards can be spent at any participating bookshop. Find out more.
  • The Promoter accepts no responsibility for entries that are incomplete, illegible, incorrect, corrupted or fail to reach the Promoter by the closing date for any reason. Automatically generated entries or entries via third parties are invalid and shall not be considered.
  • The Promoter’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  • The Promoter will only use your email address and other personal information as outlined in our privacy policy.
  • Promoter: Book Tokens Ltd, 6 Bell Yard, London, WC2A 2JR.

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