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Win an author visit for your school!

Plus a set of books shortlisted for this year's Young Readers Awards

How to enter

Young Readers Awards shortlisted titlesWe're offering primary and secondary schools across the country the chance to win a set of books shortlisted for this year's Books Are My Bag Young Readers Awards - plus one lucky school will win a special visit from one of the shortlisted authors!

Just get your students to come up with some questions for this year's shortlisted authors: What do they love about writing? Where do they get their ideas from? What colour socks do they wear when they write? Send in their questions using the form below by Friday 20th October 2017 for a chance to win.

We'll pick our favourite questions and the shortlisted authors will answer them on our website - we'll also share them in our kids' newsletter as well as on social media.

The winners will receive the following prizes:

  • The ten schools who submit a winning question will each receive a set of the shortlisted books for their school library, plus a £15 National Book Token for the student who wrote the winning question 
  • The school that submits our favourite question overall will win an author visit from one of the following shortlisted authors:

Middle Grade (7-11): Emma Carroll (Letters from the Lighthouse); Christian O'Connell (Radio Boy); Robin Stevens (The Guggenheim Mystery); Peter Bunzl (Moonlocket)

Young Adult (12-18): Elizabeth Laird (Welcome to Nowhere); Sally Nicholls (Things a Bright Girl Can Do); Clémentine Beauvais (Piglettes); Alice Broadway (Ink)

Author visits are subject to availability - please see full terms and conditions below.


Click on 'Resources' below to find discussion topics, activity sheets and more to inspire your learners to delve deeper into the books' stories, issues and themes.

Young readers can also vote in the awards - just visit the Young Readers Awards voting page for more details. Why not download one of our posters for display in your school library to encourage them to take part?

Download the Young Readers Award voting posters


This competition has now closed and the winners will be revealed soon. Keep an eye on the Young Readers Awards voting page for more details!


Bring the Young Readers Awards shortlist to life in the classroom with these resources, from discussion notes and lesson plans to activity sheets and posters.


Middle Grade (7-11)

The Letters From the Lighthouse by Emma Carroll - February, 1941. Olive and her brother Cliff are evacuated to a Devonshire lighthouse - but Olive has a secret which soon links her to something dark and possibly dangerous.

Download a chapter-by-chapter lesson plan


Moonlocket by Peter Bunzl - When infamous escapologist Jack Door breaks out from Pentonville Prison, he sets out for the town of Brackenbridge, determined to find his missing treasure - the Moonlocket.

Read the first chapter

Download a wordsearch

Download a map

Download an activity sheet


The Explorer by Katherine Rundell, illustrated by Hannah Horn - Fred, Con, Lila, and Max's plane crashes in the Amazon jungle, leaving them all alone... until Fred finds a map that leads them to a ruined city, and to a secret.

Download discussion notes

Watch the trailer

Download a poster

Who Let the Gods Out by Maz Evans - Elliot’s mum is ill and his home is under threat, but a shooting star crashes to earth and changes his life forever. Elliot must turn to the old Olympian gods for help - but are they up to the task?

Download teachers' notes

Download a wordsearch

Download a colouring sheet

Young Adult (12-18)

Piglettes by Clémentine Beauvais - Mireille, Astrid and Hakima are voted the three ugliest girls in their school, but does that mean they’re going to sit around crying about it? Well… yes, a bit, but not for long! A wickedly funny road-trip story.

Download discussion questions


Things a Bright Girl Can Do by Sally Nicholls - Through rallies and marches, in polite drawing rooms and freezing prison cells and the poverty-stricken slums of the East End, three courageous young women join the fight for the vote.

 Download a discussion guide


Welcome to Nowhere by Elizabeth Laird Omar and his family are driven from their Syrian home by war, taking with them only what they can carry. Yet no matter how far they run, the shadow of war follows them - where do you go when you can't go home?

Download a discussion guide



Terms and conditions

Prizes: 1 x author visit for the overall winning school, 5 x sets of the Middle Grade (7-11) shortlist for primary schools and 5 x sets of the Young Adult (7-12) shortlist for secondary schools, plus 10 x £15 National Book Tokens gift cards for each of the winning students


  • By entering this competition, you agree to be bound by the following terms and conditions.
  • No purchase necessary.
  • The prizes are non-transferable and there are no cash alternatives.
  • Only one entry per school will be accepted; a minimum of one question and maximum of 10 questions can be submitted per entry.
  • In the event that multiple winners are selected from one school, that school will receive the equivalent number of sets of shortlisted books.
  • The most appropriate author for the winning school’s visit will be selected according to the school’s location and age level (i.e. Middle Grade for primary or Young Adult for secondary), and the winning school will need to liaise with the relevant publisher directly to organise the visit; contact details will be provided by National Book Tokens. The Promoter will accept no liability for any issues relating to, or costs incurred by, the author visit. In the event that a suitable author cannot be found due to lack of availability or logistical issues, National Book Tokens will award the winning school £100 of National Book Tokens by way of compensation.
  • The closing date is Friday 20th October at 11:59pm.
  • In the event of a winning school not responding when contacted via email after 14 days, we reserve the right to allocate the prize to another school and child.
  • The competition is open to UK residents except employees of the Booksellers Association, Book Tokens Ltd and employees of participating bookshops.
  • The organisers reserve the exclusive right to inform the media of all results and details of the competition, including the names and details of the winning schools.
  • Entrants agree to Book Tokens Ltd 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.
  • The promoters’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  • Promoter: Book Tokens Ltd, 6 Bell Yard, London, WC2A 2JR.



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