Books To Inspire

A reading list to inspire the next generation of world changers...

Boy reading a book in the grass

It's no secret we love books. Opening access to books for young people, and promoting the importance of reading for pleasure, is a big part of what we do here and around the world.

In our 32nd year, we're partnering our friends at TES to create a list of 32 titles that we believe will inspire the next generation. These are the books we think every library and school should have on their shelves, not for academic reasons, but because they are full of engaging perspectives and important stories for young people to encounter.

We're going to do one list for primary schools, and one for secondary, and we'd like YOUR suggestions!

All genres, fiction or non-fiction, old or new, are welcome. Anyone can submit - readers, writers, teachers, and publishers from all around the world. And everyone who nominates a book will be entered into a prize draw to win 32 of the selected titles for a school library of their choosing and a year's subscription to TES (see terms and conditions).

Our selections will be revealed on the eve of Hay Festival in Wales, where they'll be shared and celebrated.

Submit yours

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Share your thoughts online too using #BooksToInspire on Twitter (@hayfestival), Facebook (/hayfestival), or Instagram (@hayfestival). Our favourite shares will even win some Hay Festival goodies.

Secondary school girls reading at Hay Festival
Children outdoors listening to their teacher reading a book

Terms & Conditions

  • 1. Information on how to enter forms part of these conditions of entry. Participation in this promotion constitutes acceptance of these conditions of entry.
  • 2. Entry is open to residents of Great Britain and Northern Ireland residents only. Directors, management and employees (and theimmediate families of directors, management and employees) of the Promoter or the agencies or companies associated with this promotion are ineligible to enter.
  • 3. Entrants will be limited to one entry.
  • 4. The promotion will start at 00:01 on Monday 4 March 2019 and will close at 23:59 on Monday 20 May 2019 (the “Promotion Period”).
  • 5. The prize is a set of 32 books (subject to availability) taken from the selected #BOOKSTOINSPIRE to be announced on Thursday 23 May 2019, plus a year-long subscription to TES.
  • 6. Winners must have access to a personal email account on the internet.
  • 7. Hay Festival accepts no responsibility for late, incomplete, incorrectly submitted, corrupted or misdirected entries, network failure or delay.
  • 8. The Promoter and its associated agencies and companies will not be liable to any prize winner and their guest for any loss (including, without limitation, indirect, special or consequential loss or loss of profits), expense or damage which is suffered or sustained (whether or not arising from any person’s negligence) in connection with this promotion or accepting or using any prize, except for any liability which cannot be excluded by law (including personal injury, death and fraud) in which case that liability is limited to the minimum allowable by law.
  • 9. No warranty or guarantee is given by the Promoter in relation to any prize.
  • 10. The prize(s) is/are not transferable or exchangeable and cannot be redeemed for cash or any other form of compensation. In theevent for any reason the prize winner does not take an element of the prize at the time stipulated by the Promoter, then that element of the prize will be forfeited by the winner and neither cash nor any other form of compensation will be supplied in lieu of that element of the prize. If for any reason a prize is not available, the Promoter reserves the right to substitute another prize for it, in its sole discretion, of equal or higher value.
  • 11. If for any reason any aspect of this promotion is not capable of running as planned the Promoter may in its sole discretion cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the promotion, or invalidate any affected entries (this includes, without limitation, by reason of infection by computer virus, network failure, bugs, tampering, unauthorised intervention, fraud, technical failures or any cause beyond the control of the Promoter which corrupts or affects the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of this promotion).
  • 12. If any of the winning entries are deemed not to comply with these conditions of entry, the entry will be discarded and a new winner of the prize will be determined by the Promoter.
  • 13. In all aspects of this promotion the Promoter’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into regarding the promotion.
  • 14. The Promoter reserves the right to publish the name and county of residence of the promotion winner.
  • 15. This Promotion shall be governed by English law.