Bookbuzz FAQs 2017-18

We hope you'll find the answer to your question here.

If not then please get in touch with us using the contact details at the bottom of this page.

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The Bookbuzz books

  • When are the books announced?

    The Bookbuzz books will be announced in mid-Spring (mid/end April).

  • How are the books selected?

    The Bookbuzz list is chosen by an independent panel of experts, including librarians, teachers, and other children’s book experts.

    We invite a range of publishers to submit the titles that they think would be appropriate for the Bookbuzz list. Of the titles we receive we select a long list of books for our selection panel to consider.

    The panel then read all the books, and gather opinions from 11 - 13-year-olds, before selecting a final list that reflects a variety of genres, styles and reading levels.

    Bookbuzz books are selected with the needs of both Year 7 and Year 8 students in mind.

  • How many publishers are involved and how are they chosen?

    The books are chosen purely on their individual merit, regardless of publisher. A wide range of publishers are invited to submit books for consideration; any publisher who wishes to submit titles should contact us and we will add them to our list.

  • There are 17 books on the list but I have only received 12. What are the other five books and can my school order them?

    BookTrust works with a disability consultant and practitioners in special schools to select five 'accessible' titles to ensure the booklist caters for a diverse spectrum of interests, abilities and reading ages including those students with additional educational needs.

    Every special school receive a complete set of all 17 Bookbuzz titles to help them decide which books will suit their students' needs best. At present, mainstream schools can only receive samples of the 12 'core' titles.

    However, all 17 books are available to order by any student in a participating school.

  • Is Bookbuzz open to Special schools?

    All special schools receive a complete set of all 17 Bookbuzz titles to help them decide which books will suit their students' needs best.

    It is also recognised that some children participating in the programme will have additional specific needs. With this in mind, we offer books on the list available in both Braille and giant print. If you have a student who would benefit from a Braille or large print edition of a Bookbuzz book, please email us.

    The list of titles available in Braille or large print will be available to logged-in Bookbuzz coordinators. (coordinators area will be available from September).

  • Will Year 8 students have different books to choose from Year 7?

    No, all Bookbuzz books are selected with the needs of both Year 7 and Year 8 students in mind. All 17 titles will be available for both Year 7 and Year 8 students to order.

Registration and payment

  • When do I have to register?

    The final deadline for registration is Friday 21 July 2017.

    However, if you register by Friday 26 May (and pay by Friday 30 June you'll qualify for the early bird registration offer of a bonus set of contemporary children's books for your school.

  • When I register am I committing to take part?

    Yes, when you register for Bookbuzz you are committing to take part in the programme and pay the amount stated during the registration process - an invoice is generated at the point of registration.

  • What do I do if I don’t know how many students we will have in September?

    We ask for an estimate that is as accurate as possible at this stage in order that we can place initial orders with publishers. Registration is open until Friday 21 July so you can wait until then to register, if at that stage you will have a clearer idea of student numbers.

    Some schools may prefer to register for a few extra students as any books that you don’t need for students can be used by the library or English department.

    Alternatively, if in September you have more students than expected, please contact us before you place your final order of books and we will increase your student numbers, subject to stock being available. A minimum increase of five students (£15.00) will apply.

    Please note: we will not be able to issue refunds if you have fewer than expected students in September.

  • Can I amend the number of students after I have registered?

    Yes as long as you have not yet paid the invoice you may be able to amend the number of students. You must notify us in writing by emailing bookbuzz@booktrust.org.uk. We will then cancel your registration and invoice and you will need to re-register.

    If in September you have more students than expected, please contact us before you place your final order of books and we will increase your student numbers, subject to stock being available. A minimum increase of five students (£15.00) will apply.

    Please contact us by Friday 29 September to confirm additional students as we will need to place orders with the publishers. Requests for orders placed after this deadline will be looked at individually, based on available stock.

    Please note, once we have made the change to the number of students, it will take 24 hours before you can place your order.

  • Can I amend my address details?

    You can amend your address details by completing a form during the registration process. This will be manually amended by a member of the team who will then contact you to let you know the change has been made. You will then need to return to the website to complete the registration process.

    If you have already registered, you can let us know your new address details by emailing bookbuzz@booktrust.org.uk

  • My school name/address is due to change over the summer – what should I do?

    Please contact us as soon as possible by emailing bookbuzz@booktrust.org.uk with the details of your current school name/address and new school name/address, and date that the change will happen, so that we can ensure your launch pack and order are sent to the correct address in the autumn.

  • I have less than 35 students, can I still register?

    Yes, this is a great opportunity to give more books to students and encourage them to build a collection of books. Why not order more than one book for each student instead, invite staff to take part, or order extra copies of books for your school library?

  • How can I pay?

    An invoice will automatically be generated and emailed to the person stated as the invoice contact at the time of registration. We recommend you download the invoice and print it off immediately.

    The invoice can be paid by BACS, cheque or credit card. Full payment instructions are included on the invoice.

    If paying by cheque please ensure the Bookbuzz account no. and invoice number are quoted on the back.

    If paying by BACS please ensure the Bookbuzz account number is included as a reference, and both the Bookbuzz account number and invoice number are quoted on the remittance.

  • When do I have to pay?

    During registration you will be able to select from the following two payment dates:

    Option 1: By Friday 30 June to qualify for the early bird offer of a bonus set of contemporary children's books, and to receive your launch pack in early September 2017.

    Option 2: By Monday 11 September 2017. Please note: selecting this option means you will not receive your launch pack or be able to place your order for books until October 2017. This is only recommended for schools that are unable to pay for Bookbuzz in the summer term, and will require very prompt payment in September.

  • Why do I have to pay in advance?

    Payment in advance is required in order to enable Booktrust to place the large orders with publishers and other suppliers that are necessary to keep the cost of Bookbuzz at £3.00 per student.

    In addition, almost all of the Bookbuzz books are printed specifically for Bookbuzz so it's crucial that we can accurately predict the number of students that are going to be taking part.

  • When will I receive an invoice?

    An invoice will automatically be generated and emailed to the person stated as the invoice contact at the time of registration. We recommend you download the invoice and print it off immediately.

    If you cannot download your invoice please contact us by emailing bookbuzz@booktrust.org.uk.

  • I’ve changed my mind; can I cancel my registration?

    If you change your mind within 14 days you can cancel your registration, as long as the invoice has not already been paid. You must notify us in writing of your wish to cancel by emailing bookbuzz@booktrust.org.uk.

How to order your books

  • How do I place my order?

    All Bookbuzz orders must be placed online. To order you will need to log-in to your account in the coordinators' area using your username (email address) and password that that will be sent to you. From there you will be clearly directed to where you can place your order.

  • When should I place my order?

    Ordering opens on Wednesday 6 September 2017.

    Early bird ordering offer: Order by Friday 29 September to receive a bonus set of contemporary children's books for your school, while stocks last. (This offer is in addition to the early bird registration offer. So if you pay early and order early your school could qualify for two extra bonus sets of children's books!)

    The final date for ordering is Friday, 20 October.

  • How and when will the books arrive?

    As long as you order by the deadline of Friday 20 October, your books will be with you no later than the end of the Autumn term. Orders placed after the deadline will be placed into a priority queue.

    Schools who do not place their orders will receive a selection of Bookbuzz titles in the New Year.

    When your books have been dispatched you will receive an email to let you know they are on their way and should be with you within 48 hours.

    Your books will be delivered in boxes clearly marked with the Bookbuzz logo and addressed to the named Bookbuzz coordinator.

  • Can I order for more students than I registered for?

    If you want to order books for more students than you have registered and paid for, you must contact us before placing your order. We will be able to generate an invoice for the additional students, subject to stock availability. A minimum increase of five students (£15.00) will apply.

    Please email bookbuzz@booktrust.org.uk.

    Note: after you have notified us of this change, it will take at least 24 hours before you can place your order.

  • Can I choose the books for my students?

    The element of choice is central to Bookbuzz and our research has found that students say they are more likely to read a book if they have chosen it themselves. We would therefore urge you to allow your students to choose their books for themselves.

    To make collecting your students' choices easier we provide a bookmark for every student on which they can make their selection, a class order form and a spreadsheet which coordinators can use to collate the orders.

  • I can’t remember my password – what do I do?

    You can reset your password on the log-in page - click 'Forgotten your password' and enter your registered email address and a new password will be emailed to you.

    If you do not receive an email when you have reset your password, please double check that the email address you have entered is correct. If you are unsure which email address you have registered with please email bookbuzz@booktrust.org.uk with the subject line 'Forgotten username'.

  • What happens if I cannot place my order before the deadline?

    BookTrust encourages all ordered to be placed by Friday 20 October to ensure students receive their first choice. We will do our best to fulfil orders placed after this deadline but schools may be offered a different title, if the first choice isn't available. We will send a selection of books to schools who haven't ordered but BookTrust will advise schools when this will happen.

  • I’m missing books from my order, what do I do?

    Please contact us as soon as possible if books are missing from your order. Please email bookbuzz@booktrust.org.uk and let us know which books are missing and if you have received any extras by mistake. Please contact us within 14 days of receiving your order, based on the signatory date, so we can replace your titles as soon as possible. Schools that contact us after 14 days will be looked at individually, based on the available stock.

  • I’ve placed my order but have ordered the wrong books, what shall I do?

    Please contact us immediately via email (within 12 hours) if the order has been placed incorrectly. We will do all we can to amend your order before it gets sent to the warehouse. Once it was been sent to the warehouse, we will be unable to amend the order.

    If you have received your order and realised you've made a mistake please contact us at bookbuzz@booktrust.org.uk.

Launch Packs

  • What will I receive in my launch pack?

    Launch packs will contain:

    Sets of the Bookbuzz books

    • Two Bookbuzz posters to promote the programme in school
    • A bookmark for each participating student
    • A guide to using Bookbuzz, including tips on how to launch the programme at your school, what to do while you wait for your books to arrive and how you can keep the buzz for books going across the school year.
  • When will I receive my launch pack?

    Schools that register and pay by 30 June (for early bird) or by 28 July (for non-early bird) should receive their launch packs by the end of the first week in September 2017.Schools that select to pay by Monday 11 September will not receive their launch pack until October 2017.

If you have any questions or comments about the Bookbuzz programme that are not answered in these FAQs, please contact the Bookbuzz team at BookTrust.

Email: bookbuzz@booktrust.org.uk

Telephone: 020 7801 8807

Also useful

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Timeline

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Student zone

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