Latest News

We regularly send updates to our participating schools, but we'll also add the information here, in case you ever lose our emails. We may, however, remove some links/content so it isn't available to just anyone.

25 Apr

Poetry Competition Winners

After much deliberation we are absolutely thrilled to announce the winners of our first ever Spark! poetry competion. With so many wonderful entries the decision was incredibly difficult, but a huge congratulations to the following children, who will each recieve a number of fabulous, book related prizes:


Early Years: Amy - St Matthew’s CofE Primary School

KS1: Sophia - Barnes Primary School

Lower KS2: Isla - Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Primary School

Upper KS2: Jessica - Trafalgar Junior School and Persephone - Coombe Hill Junior School

You can read all the winning entries on our poety page. A number of runners up will also recieve some smaller prizes and we hope to add their poems to the same page very soon. We also have a number of other competitions live now, so please check in your Buzz magazines for details.

We'll soon be circulating details of the voting process with Spark! contacts, so please check your emails to make sure you don't miss out on having your say on the winners of the Spark! Book Awards this year.

17 Mar

Online Author Visits

We were delighted to host our first online visit with Sam Thompson, author of Wolfstongue, yesterday and were joined by a large number of schools (both on the call and watching the livestream on YouTube) and pupils, who asked some brilliant questions of Sam. If you couldn't make the session, don't worry, we'll be circulating a recording in a few days.

But that's just the start! Yesterday we circulated the first half of our author visit schedule, which is taking place over the next few weeks. We appreciate that the timings aren't ideal but we hope you will join us for as many sessions as possible with the full range of fabulous authors.

Our first ever poetry competition has also recently closed and we were blown away by the number and quality of the submissions we recieved. The team is hard at work reading them all and determining a winner, which we will announce once the judging is complete.

Last, but certainly not least, we wanted to say a massive thank you to The Brothers Trust, who have made an incredibly generous donation that has allowed us to purchase and distribute even more books to your disadvantaged pupils. The books for the nominations made recently have been ordered and will be on their way to you as soon as possible, thanks to our partners at the Regency Bookshop.

23 Feb

Shortlisted Book Deliveries and Author Videos

Everything has been a bit hectic for us since January so a brief update is long overdue,!

We’re absolutely thrilled with the engagement of your school communities with our awards this year. Alongside the Regency Bookshop, we have distributed over 5,000 copies of the shortlisted books this year for schools and pupils and we are now looking to distribute even more to pupils, through the generous donations made to our JustGiving fund.

We have also started releasing our shortlist spotlight videos, which you can watch with your pupils to give an introduction to the author and their book, before you start reading. These can be found on our YouTube channel and we will be adding the remainding videos when we can.

Finally, we are fast apporaching the deadline for our first ever poetry competition. Details on how to enter can be found here.

30 Nov

12 Books of Christmas and our JustGiving Fund

We've been fairly quiet over the last two months as our panels have been busy reading all of the wonderful submissions from publishers. They have now made their decsisions are we will be revealing our longlists as our 12 Books of Christmas from 01 December. Keep an eye on our dedicated category pages or our social media accounts to see our selection and maybe find some gift ideas for Christmas...

Whilst on the subject of gifting books, we wanted to draw attention to our JustGiving fund, which we use to provide free copies of the shortlisted books to nominated pupils in participating schools. We'd hugely appreciated it if you would consider donating, which can be done via the link below, but also publicising our fund in your school communites.

Donate to our JustGiving fund >

We hope you all have a lovely festive period and happy reading to you all!

24 Sep

2021-22 Spark! Launch Event

A massive thank you to everyone who attended our launch event yesterday evening, to find out a little bit more about the Spark! School Book Awards and to hear some ideas on how to implement it in your school from some teachers involved last year.

If you couldn't join us for any reason, you can access the slides at the link below.

Spark! launch event slides >

We really hope that as many schools as possible join us this year (here's the school sign up form, just in case you'd lost it) so please get in touch with us if you need to know more. We can't wait to share our buzz for books with your children and school communities!

16 Sep

Sign up for the 2021-22 Spark! School Book Awards and shortlisting panels now!

Following our recent presentations for Headteachers of Kingston and Richmond schools, we are now officially open for schools to sign up, which you can do by completing this school sign up form.

We're also looking for avid readers in participating schools to join our award panels, to help us narrow down all of the submissions we've received from publishers into a shortlist. If you're interested, please complete our panel sign up form.

If you'd like to know more, we are hosting an online launch event on Thursday 23 September, 4:00-4:45pm. A joining link have been sent to Headteachers but please drop us an email if you'd like to join us and can't find the details.

04 Aug

Now accepting submissions from publishers for the 2021-22 Spark! School Book Awards!

After the thrilling success of the inaugural year of the Spark! School Book Awards, we are delighted to announce that we are back! And this year, the awards are bigger than ever.

We are now accepting submissions from publishers for entries into our 2021-22 awards, which will be chosen by the children of South West London and neighbouring regions, from a shortlist selected by our teachers, booksellers and librarians. Last year we received just over 100 submissions from publishers across our award categories and we are hoping for even more this time around.

We hope that all publishers will want to make a submission - all of the details can be found in the link below but please get in touch if you have any queries.

How to make a submission >

Finally, we just wanted to highlight that we have changed our email and website address this year, so please update any contact information you have. We will, however, be checking our former inbox periodically so don't worry if you send anything there in error.

We can't wait to receive your submissions. Thank you.