The Week Junior Book Awards sponsored by Bookily from National Book Tokens celebrates the brilliant world of children’s books and the talented people who create them. It honours the authors, illustrators and publishers who inspire children to read for pleasure. The emphasis is on original ideas, outstanding illustration and smart storytelling, as well as new and diverse talent. 


The Week Junior Book Cover of the Year

The only award voted for by The Week Junior’s readers, this prize, sponsored by Bookily from National Book Tokens will be awarded to the cover that children deem to be the most creative, eye-catching and appealing to its intended audience. A unique opportunity to gain kudos from such an engaged consumer audience! Plus, your cover will be featured throughout our large-scale print and digital marketing campaign over two months.

The Judges!

Radzi Chinyanganya, Liam Charles, Cerrie Burnell, Maddie Moate, Frank Cottrell-Boyce and Elle McNicoll are just some of the fantastic literary experts joining our judging panel. Find out more about our brand new judge line-up below. 

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The Categories

Our Awards allow publishers, illustrators and authors to nominate across nine categories including Children's Book of the Year: Fiction, Children's Book of the Year: Non-Fiction, Children's illustrated Book of the Year, and our Breakthrough category. Find out more about the categories and criteria below. 


The Awards Ceremony

All shortlisted authors, illustrators and publishers will be invited to the industry event of the year. where winners will, be revealed and rewarded.  The Awards will feature glittering drinks reception and award ceremony at our central London location overlooking the River Thames, on 2 October, 2023. This will be a truly exceptional calendar date for the children’s publishing industry! 

The Judges

Our judges have now been announced! From award-winning authors to broadcasters, presenters and YouTuber's, the 2023 awards are joined by a host of experts in children's literature.  We are also especially excited that our engaged young readers will have a seat at the voting table with our reader-only voted Children's Cover Of The Year category sponsored by Bookily from National Book Tokens.

The Week Junior Book Festival

Sponsored by Bookily from National Book Tokens, our brand new Festival will take place at the British Library in London during October half term. Attracting hundreds of our dedicated readers and their families, this event invites authors to showcase their work on stage in a series of interactive, fun and inspiring sessions. Interested in showcasing your book or sponsoring? Contact us below. 

Why enter? 

Endorsement from the leading voice in children's magazines driving incremental sales

National exposure:  Coverage in The Week Junior and The Bookseller with promotion to thousands of highly engaged readers 

Get in front of huge consumer audiences as part of our comprehensive marketing campaign to support the Awards

Huge recognition and credibility for your work, as well as rewarding your team 

Dates for  your diary

Open for entries

6 March, 2023

Entry Closing Date

5 April, 2023

Shortlist announced

26 May, 2023

The Week Junior Reader Voting* Opens

26 May, 2023

The Week Junior Reader Voting* Closes

8 August, 2023

The Bookseller Children's Conference

2 October, 2023

Winners announced at Award Ceremony

2 October, 2023

* Cover Of The Year category will be 100% reader voted

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