Recognising children's achievements

We hear so many stories of young people who were disengaged and struggling with reading until they found that one book that changed everything for them. And we know how important and powerful it can be to recognise and reward hard work and progress when it comes to reading.

So with this in mind, we're launching our Student Star Reviewer Competition to recognise children's achievements and to help support all those working to promote reading in schools today!

How to enter the current competition

Simply email a copy of your chosen children's or young adult book review along with a short paragraph (max 200 words) about why you've chosen to enter it into the competition to You can also enter video book reviews.

Entry deadline: 30th June 2021
Prize: Winning students will receive a Star Reviewer Certificate and National Book Token worth £15.

We will also publish the winning book reviews on our website (provided permission is given).

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Star Reviewer Judge - Sue Polchow MCILIP

Judging the competition is our very own Sue Polchow, who many of you will already know.

Sue is active nationally on the CILIP Youth Libraries Group and prior to joining ESS she was both a Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals and Costa Children’s Book Award judge and regularly reviews children's and young adult books for the SLA School Librarian magazine.


I'm really looking forward to hearing from student reviewers as they share their favourite must-reads!

Sue Polchow


Take a look at our fantastic winning reviews!

Our first competition took place in the Summer term and we had some excellent entries from readers of all ages.

We selected two wonderful winning reviews. Please do have a read!


Winning reviews


Enter the Next Star Reviewer Competition Today!

Please note this competition is open to Reading Cloud schools only.

We look forward to reading your star reviews!

Email us your student reviews