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We hope you’ve been enjoying all the Great Reads on our shortlists this year. Just a wee reminder that you can vote up to the 31st of January so, as the old saying goes, ‘early and often’ is the way forward! It’s been a real blast getting to know the books so well over the course of the last couple of months and, not going to lie, our votes here at GRA HQ have been cast!

The Poster!

One simply can’t have a shortlist without a fabulous poster…. so here’s the official 2022 shortlists on our new 2022 poster!

These will be wending their way to schools and libraries over the course of the next few days so check them out, make a note of the one that makes first on your ‘to read’ list, and get stuck straight into a Great Read. Do also engage with us on our social media platforms, we love to hear from our Great Readers!

The Great Reads Award Official Shortlist 2022

We are SO excited to reveal our Junior and Senior shortlist of titles for the 2022 Great Reads Award!

The Junior list features the following Debut Authors:

Aoife Dooley

Meg Long

Philly McMahon

Morgan Owen

JC Peterson

And the Senior list of Debut Authors showcases:

Erik Brown

Jen Ferguson

Louise Finch

Vanessa Len

Christine Pillainayagam

As always, this award is chosen by you, the readers, and we’ll announce both here and on our Insta/Twitter/TikTok accounts when the voting is open. So keep an eye on the voting page here and as soon as you’ve had a read, make your marks count! You have all the way until January 31st, 2023, to rate your Great Read. This year’s award will be presented on the 2nd of March to coincide with World Book Day. It’s literally all good news!

Great Reads Award 2021

The votes have been counted & the winners have been announced!

See the Awards Ceremony here: (launched WBD 3rd March 2022)

Thank you to Linda at Killinarden School for hosting the virtual ceremony this year!

& congratulations to the winners: Guard Your Heart /by Sue Divin (Senior)

All Our Hidden Gifts /by Caroline O’Donoghue (Junior)

Thank you to all the students who read and voted – all the way from Kerry to Derry and all around Ireland!

We have a new, diverse and exciting shortlist for GRA 2021. Posters below – click on the images for the pdf posters. Voting is now CLOSED. Winning titles/authors will be announced soon… (date of Awards Ceremony to be announced – it will be end February/beg March 2022).

Junior Shortlist 2021 (pdf)

Senior Shortlist 2021 (pdf)

We are delighted to announce the winners of the GRA 2020!  They are:

Junior Category:

Most Read & Overall Winner

The Cantankerous Molly Darling /by Alvy Carragher

Senior Category:

Most Read: Nóinín /by Máire Zepf

Senior Winner: And the Stars Are Burning Brightly / by Danielle Jawando.

Congratulations! Thank you to all the student readers and voters.  The Awards Ceremony can be viewed here:-

Great Read Award Virtual Ceremony – YouTube (20 mins.)

Thank you to Joseph Peelo of Kylemore College for hosting this year and to Linda Kerr of Mount Carmel SS for all the video editing.

GRA student poster winners 2020


Shortlist for 2020 is below – congratulations to the shortlisted authors!    Voting is now closed.  Winners were announced at the Awards ceremony on Thursday 4th March at 11.00 a.m.  If you voted or registered you will be sent an invitation to the ceremony.  Thank you to all the students who read and voted!
Click the image below for the pdf poster.
Student Poster 2020
Student Poster 2020
Junior Teacher poster
Junior Teacher poster
Senior Teacher poster
Senior Teacher poster
If you have a suggestion for next year’s longlist please let a school librarian know or e-mail

See the list of our sponsors (below) who are offering great discounts on class sets of the titles above.