Winners of the 2017 Big Read Competition

Thank you to all students, teachers and institutions who participated in the Oxford Big Read this year. We received a large number of fantastic entries and our judges had a difficult time choosing the winners.

We are pleased to announce the National Prize and Kinokuniya Prize winners for the 2017 Oxford Big Read! We also selected several honorable mentions which you can view below.

National Prize Winners

Hokkaido / Tohoku Region


  • Student:Himari Abe
  • Teacher:Kentaro Suzuki / Yoshimi Hatano
  • School:Hokkaido Takikawa Nishi High School
  • Title:The Phantom of the Opera
Kanto Region


  • Student:Yuka Kawashima
  • Teacher:Toshiyuki Honda
  • School:Chiyoda Kuritsu Kudan Secondary School
  • Title:Love Story
Chubu Region


  • Student:Nonoka Yamamoto
  • Teacher:Makiko Sakakibara
  • School:Aichi Kenritsu Tokoname Senior High School
  • Title:It's Not Fair
Kansai Region


  • Student:Yuri Ueshima
  • Teacher:Ikuko Kato
  • School:Osaka Furitsu Kasugaoka High School
  • Title:Sara Dixon, Teen Detective
Chugoku / Shikoku / Kyushu / Okinawa Region


  • Student:Myu Fujino
  • Teacher:Harumi Oshita
  • School:Oita University
  • Title:The Little Mermaid

Kinokuniya Prize

- Winner -
  • Student:Yuki Terashima
  • Title:Anne of Green Gables
- Runne-up -
  • Student:Izumi Hiruma 
  • Title:A Close Shave
- Runner-up -
  • Student:Sae Sugino 
  • Title:The Summer Intern

Honorable Mentions

We received several wonderfully illustrated and written items from students all over Japan. Unfortunately we were unable to give prizes to all students. However, we would like to acknowledge some of the top items we received with an honorable mention. (Click each image to enlarge.)