The 2023 Quiz Writers’ Choice Awards Shortlist is here!

By Denisha Polin

The shortlist for the 2023 What Kids Are Reading Quiz Writers’ Choice Awards is finally here!

The Quiz Writers’ Choice Awards are held every year alongside the release of our What Kids Are Reading report. The report highlights the books that have been read the most by children in the UK and Ireland, which is fantastic, but actually – some of the books that we love the most don’t end up in the report, because not enough people know about them and let’s face it, there are some authors who will remain a staple in all classrooms… However, this hasn’t stopped our quiz writer’s from recognising new and emerging talent as well as, breakout titles released last year. The Quiz Writers’ Choice Awards provide the chance to celebrate books that our Quiz Writing team read and liked the best across all ages and genres.

This year we’re celebrating 15 years of What Kids Are Reading and sticking to tradition we have shortlists for Primary and Secondary, Fiction and Non-Fiction books as well as, Best Debut which we introduced last year. This year we felt it was only right to introduce a new category – Best Series! Because if one book wasn’t good enough, a continuous plot is sure to keep you hooked.

Every single one of these books is worthy of praise and we’d love to see these books more widely read and enjoyed in schools. Please do consider getting copies of these books for your school library (if you can)!

And don’t forget – you can click here to pre-register the full report, which launches next month!

 

The Primary Fiction Shortlist
Grimwood by Nadia Shireen
Published by Simon & Schuster
Lower Years (age 5-8) | AR Quiz: #241760 | Book Level: 4.3
How to be Cooler than Cool by Sean Taylor, illustrated by Jean Jullien
Published by Walker Books
Lower Years (age 5-8) | AR Quiz: # 240941| Book Level: 1.8
Granny Came Here on the Empire Windrush by Patrice Lawrence, illustrated by Camilla Sucre
Published by Nosy Crow
Lower Years (age 5-8) | AR Quiz: #
| Book Level: 3.5
Kiki Kallira Breaks a Kingdom by Sangu Mandanna
Published by Hodder Children’s
Middle Years (age 9-13) | AR Quiz: # | Book Level: 5.3
Arabic Folktales: The Three Princes of Serendip and Other Stories by Rodaan Al Galidi, Geertje Aalders
Published by Walker Books
Middle Years (age 9-13) | AR Quiz: # | Book Level: 5.1

 

The Primary Non-Fiction Shortlist
Race Cars: A children’s book about white privilege by Jenny Devenny
Published by Frances Lincoln
Lower Years (age 5-8) | AR Quiz: #241117 | Book Level: 4.1
Sterling the Lovestruck Moose with a Heart for Cows by Vita Murrow, Illustrated by Laivi Poder
Published by Frances Lincoln
Lower Years (age 5-8) | AR Quiz: #241121 | Book Level: 4.0
Ayeisha McFerran by David Caren
Published by O’Brien Press
Middle Years (age 9-13) | AR Quiz: # 242211 | Book Level: 6.3

 

The Secondary Fiction Shortlist
Kemosha of the Caribbean by Alex Wheatle
Published by Andersen
Middle Years Plus (age 12+) | AR Quiz: #24196
| Book Level: 4.2
In the Wild Light by Jeff Zentner
Published by Andersen
Middle Years Plus (age 12+) | AR Quiz: #241018  | Book Level: 4.5
The Sad Ghost Club by Lize Meddings
Published by Hodder Children’s 
Upper Years (age 14+) | AR Quiz: #241094 | Book Level: 2.4
Music and Malice in Hurricane Town by Alex Bell
Published by Stripes
Upper Years (age 14+) | AR Quiz: #242336 | Book Level: 6.1 
D.O.G.S. by M.A. Bennett
Published by Hot Key
Upper Years (age 14+) | AR Quiz: #238947 | Book Level: 5.4

 

The Secondary Non – Fiction Shortlist
Drawn Across Borders by George Butler
Published by Walker
Middle Years Plus (age 12+) | AR Quiz: #241865 | Book Level: 6.6
Survivors by Ben Hubbard
Published by Welbeck
Middle Years Plus (age 12+) | AR Quiz: #241201 | Book Level: 6.6
Musical Truth by Jeffrey Boakye
Published by Faber and Faber
Upper Years (age 14+) | AR Quiz: #242564 | Book Level: 7.6

 

 
Best Debut Shortlist
Last One to Die by Cynthia Murphy
Published by Scholastic
Upper Years (age 14+) | AR Quiz: #241582  | Book Level: 4.7
Crown of Crowns by Clara Loveman
Published by Clara Loveman
Upper Years (age 14+) | AR Quiz: #241047 | Book Level: 5.1 
The Amazing Edie Eckhart by Rosie Jones
Published by Hodder’s Children
Middle Years Plus (age 12+) | AR Quiz: #241304 | Book Level: 4.8

 

Best Series
Usborne 24hrs in…
Published by Usborne
Lower Years (age 5-8) 
Booklife Accessible Readers
Published by Booklife
Lower Years (age 5-8)
True Adventures
Published by Pushkin Press
Middle Years (age 9-13) 

 

Want to attend this year’s awards ceremony? You can celebrate with us in-person or online, register your interest, here.

Stay tuned for the What Kids are reading report launch on 27th April! 

Tag us, tweet us and share your thoughts with us on this year’s shortlist on Twitter with #WKAR23 @AccReader



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