Library Services for Schools - Cumbria's secondary schools Spellbinding Book Award 2020

Secondary Spellbinding is back!

We are delighted to announce that the Spellbinding Book award for KS3 students is back for 2019/20, and even more delighted to announce our longlist of titles!  All the nominations have all been chosen by Cumbrian students, with the help of their school librarians.

Spellbinding is all about fostering a love of reading and broadening reading horizons by exposing students to exciting new authors and titles.  Our aim is to create excitement and a buzz about books, encouraging reading for pleasure. 

All longlist titles are currently being read and reviewed in time for our Spellbinding shortlist announcement in January 2020. Students in all Cumbrian Secondary schools will then be invited to take part and nominate their favourites.

The winning titles and authors will be announced at our Annual Spellbinding Book Awards ceremony taking place in June next year, which all participating schools will be invited to.

Head to our twitter page and see what our longlist nominated authors have to say. 

Spellbinding - the book award chosen by students for students!


"It encourages established keen readers to read outside their comfort zone and keeps the reading profile well represented."

"Spellbinding has always been held in high regard in our school and this year has been no exception."

"The Award Day is always a really good reward and treat for those students who do well with the Spellbinding challenge."

"It's a great reading award for schools. We hugely appreciate the knowledge it gives us and the support we receive, thank you!"