Book Awards St Helens (BASH)

BASH 2024 


Book Awards St Helens (BASH)

BASH stands for Book Awards St Helens.

BASH encourages children to read for pleasure and there are so many benefits to reading a good book. Reading helps children to exercise imagination, improve schoolwork, increase understanding of the world –  it can even help get a good night’s sleep! But most of all reading is lots of fun.

BASH remains one of the few book awards in which children are responsible for choosing the overall winning book. 

Schools which subscribe to the Schools Library Service can participate in BASH and through a series of library-based workshops, children are encouraged to read new and enticing fiction, written specially for them. By debate and critical appreciation, the pupils vote for their favourite book and choose a winner.

BASH has featured popular and best selling authors over the past 10 years such as David Walliams, Michael Morpurgo and Emma Carroll and this year is no exception.


Don’t worry if your school isn’t taking part in BASH as you can still read all the books on the shortlist.


The books featured on the BASH shortlists are available to borrow from your local library. Please click on the below categories to see what is available.