Library Services for Schools - Cumbria's secondary schools Spellbinding Book Award 2021

Exciting news about our 2021 Spellbinding KS3 Book Award!

We are delighted to announce this year's Spellbinding Secondary Book Award shortlist. Aimed at KS3 and chosen in partnership with school librarians and students from around the county, we hope you'll agree it is a fantastic list covering a wide range of genres and styles, including some first time authors.

Secondary Spellbinding 2021 shortlist (PDF 316kb)

There is still time to sign up for the award and, for the very first time, this year's award is launched online. To sign up, complete and return the form below.

Secondary Spellbinding 2021 sign up form (PDF 817kb)

Our Spellbinding 2021 website will be launched very shortly - watch this space!

Spellbinding website 

A number of our shortlisted authors have sent us videos explaining a little more about their book, the power of reading and what being shortlisted for Spellbinding means to them.


"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!"

View the the video links on the right to find out why our schools love Spellbinding so much.

Any questions please contact Jane at jane.mcfie@cumbria.gov.uk

Spellbinding - the award for students chosen by students!