The Phoenix Book Awards at Streatham & Clapham High School

Launched in 2008, The Phoenix Book Award is a literary prize judged by children from Years 6, 7 & 8 in Lambeth. For the second year Streatham & Clapham High School hosted the awards in May, giving pupils from ten Lambeth schools the opportunity to quiz, review and vote for their favourite authors. As well as Streatham and Clapham High Schools senior and junior departments, participating Streatham schools this year included Bishop Thomas Grant and Dunraven. 

Photo of Nurah from Yr 7 of Streatham and Clapham High School winner of  Phoenix Book Award for 2019The Awards help keep Lambeth pupils reading during transition years (Y5 to Y8) when they may stop. In a series of stages over the year, students select a shortlist of four favourite books from a breadth of genres and then vote for a winner.

“Phoenix is a rare opportunity for the authors and the students to give and receive new knowledge that can widen their imaginations and inspire.” - Nurah, age 12, Dunraven School

Shortlisted books this year were Do You Speak Chocolate? by Cas Lester; The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James; The Colour of the Sun by David Almond, and Scythe by Neal Shusterman, which was the winner.

Photo of authors Lauren James and Cas Lester at the Phoenix Book Awards at Streatham and Clapham High School for 2019

SCHS Librarian, Christine Belsham, commented “ As a librarian committed to promoting literacy and a love of reading for all children when I see so many pupils from the local community having a great time together being inspired by books and reading, it makes the hard work of organising this event a pleasure.”

Contact [email protected] about the 2020 Awards.

Submissions are now being accepted from publishers for the 2020 Lambeth Phoenix Book Awards.