Library Services for Schools - Cumbria's secondary schools book award

Spellbinding 2020

Look out for the Spellbinding 2020 relaunch! More information coming soon.

Our aim is to create enthusiasm and excitement about books to encourage reading for pleasure. 

Spellbinding is all about fostering a love of reading and broadening reading horizons by being exposed to exciting new authors and titles. The award gives students aged 11-14 the opportunity to read, review and vote for their favourite book out of a shortlist of eight student-nominated titles. The interactive website allows them to share their views and opinions with students from other schools across the county.

Secondary Spellbinding web site - participating students from schools around Cumbria can leave comments about their favourite books, see what students from other schools are saying, visit author web sites and much more. There's plenty for staff too including downloadable book activities, sample score sheets and review templates.

"Thanks ever so much for a fantastic day, the kids thought it was fabulous."

"I just wanted to let you know the students and myself thoroughly enjoyed yesterday's award day. Your organisation of the day and its programme was a triumph. Mike Garry had me in hysterics on numerous occasions!"

"Excellent outcome! Thanks very much for another fabulous Spellbinding day. The students very much enjoyed themselves, thank you for making it possible for them."

"It was a lovely celebratory day, as always, thank you!"

"Just wanted to say thanks for a brilliant day yesterday - all my students thoroughly enjoyed it. Mike was on fine form as always!"

"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!"