Cogheart Letters from the Lighthouse How to Train Your Dragon The Never-Ending Story Who Let The Gods Out? Never Say Die I Have No Secrets Resurrection The Legend of Podkin One-Ear Orangeboy The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe Blame One of Us is Lying The Fox and the Ghost King Silence is Goldfish The Shepherd's Crown Northern Lights Pugs of the Frozen North Tales of the Peculiar Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone My Gym Teacher is an Alien Overlord Contagion The Goldfish Boy The Midnight Gang What Not to do if you Turn Invisible

Welcome to the Doncaster Book Award!

Celebrate the joy of reading with the Doncaster Book Award! Books are fabulous and fun, and we want you reading, talking about and enjoying them with us again this year.

Huge queue for signing

A huge queue of enthusiastic readers wait to have their books signed by David Baddiel at our 2015-16 launch

New Longlists Announced!

Our new longlists for the 2017-18 Award have been announced! Please see the Book Lists page for full details, and check back here soon for some more information about the books.

Jeremy StrongJeremy Strong Makes a Splash in Doncaster

Wednesday 14th June 2017

This June, Doncaster Book Award was absolutely delighted to pay host to the ever-popular author Jeremy Strong.

View our full report and photos from the Jeremy Strong event

Disgusting DoncasterDisgusting Doncaster at CAST

January and Easter 2017

DBA worked with Talegate Theatre to produce a "Disgusting Doncaster" play which appeared at the Cast Theatre over Easter.

View our full report, photos and video from the Disgusting Doncaster event

And The Winners Are...

The winners of the 2017 Doncaster Book Award were announced at our fantastic Finale at the Doncaster Dome on 4th April.

The primary list winner was Julian Clary's The Bolds.

The secondary list was won by Amy Alward's The Potion Diaries.

The runaway winner in the classics list was Roald Dahl's Revolting Rhymes.

2017 FinaleGrand Finale Event

4th April 2017

Once again the Doncaster Book Award smashed it, with a truly exceptional event to bring this yearís award to a close.

This April, the committee welcomed 800 children and their teachers to the Doncaster Dome for a fun day which celebrated the joy of books and reading and showcased the talent of our young people. Our guests included the wonderful performance poet, Joshua Seigal, the illustrator (and budding comedienne!), Liz Million, and the very funny, and famously bearded author, Philip Ardagh.

View our full report and photos from the 2017 Grand Finale

Kev F Sutherland in actionPencil Power triumphs at The Point!

with Kev F Sutherland

Tuesday 21 February 2017

Budding artists were treated to two fantastic comic masterclasses this half term, as, by popular demand, the sensational Kev F. Sutherland returned to Doncaster.

In all, nineteen schools were represented, as well as some students from the Home Educators community, at the events which took place at ‘The Point’ Arts venue in the town centre, and a great time was had by all.

View our full report and photos from the Kev F Sutherland event

Disgusting DoncasterDisgusting Doncaster

Coming Up: Tour of schools by Talegate Theatre

16th - 27th January 2017

Talegate Theatre Company will be touring schools 16-27th January 2017 with full-day workshops based around the book Discover Doncaster.

Full Details of Disgusting Doncaster Tour

The Storm WhaleBenji Davies Event

Thursday 24th November 2016
Town Field Primary School

The DBA and Waterstones were overjoyed to welcome Benji Davies, the author and illustrator of fantastic picture books The Storm Whale, The Storm Whale in Winter and Grandad's Island to Town Field Primary School on Thursday 24th November.

Event Report and Photos from the Benji Davies event, 24 November 2016

Dave Days Poetry Workshops

November 2016

We had an immense response to Dave Cryer's formidable workshops celebrating DBA's poetry shortlist.

Feedback and Photos from the Dave Days events, November 2016

Chris Mould and Matt HaigMatt Haig and Chris Mould present The Girl Who Saved Christmas

Thursday 3rd November 2016
Hexthorpe Primary School

Best-selling author Matt Haig and top illustrator Chris Mould visited Hexthorpe Primary School on Thursday 3rd November, where they talked about their new book The Girl Who Saved Christmas, the sequel to last year's smash-hit A Boy Called Christmas.

Full Report and Photos from the Matt Haig and Chris Mould Event

Julian ClaryLaunch of the 2016-17 Award

Wednesday 5th October 2016
Doncaster Dome

This year’s launch event was our biggest and best ever, with over 1000 children taking part in a really fun-filled day. From a morning of poetry with A F Harrold, Suzy Senior and our very own Phil Sheppard, to Talegate Theatre’s crowd-surfing giant loo roll (really!!) to our author and illustrator event with Julian Clary and David Roberts, it certainly was an action-packed event.

Full report and photos

DCLT Bookmark SchemeGet a Free Swim or Skate!

Get a free swim or skate for each DBA book you read and review! Follow the link below to find out how!

The Bookmark Scheme brings together Doncaster Culture & Leisure Trust and Doncaster Book Awards with the aim of encouraging children to read more by offering them incentives for every book that they read and review.

Bookmarks are available for collection from Lesley Hurworth at Armthorpe.

DBA is not responsible for the content of external third-party websites.

This Year’s Books

Check out our fabulous new book lists. You’ll find stories there to make you laugh out loud, shiver in fear, gasp in amazement, or maybe even shed a tear or two... Some of the authors are new to our award, some are old favourites, but they are all brilliant. Don’t forget to tell us what you think, we love seeing your thoughts and opinions on the books, so post your reviews here on your website. Remember, you, the readers, are in charge and your votes alone will decide the shortlist and the winners!

What's Going On?

Our Events page has details of some of the amazing events we held last year, and this year’s events will be bigger and better than ever. Starting with our exciting launch event on 18th October, we’ve got another fun-packed year planned, including author visits, animation, drama, and poetry workshops and, a first for the DBA, a ceramics workshop too. Keep checking the website for details of what’s happening, and when, where and how you could join us!

How can I join in?

Everyone is welcome to join in the DBA. Check out the lists of schools below and speak to your teacher or school librarian. If your school is not there, don’t panic. You can still read the books for free from your local public library and post your reviews on this website, which also has details of all up-coming events. I look forward to meeting lots of you again this year.

Don’t delay, start reading today!
Lyn Hopson
Secretary, Doncaster Book Awards Ltd.

Schools Taking Part

The following secondary schools are taking part in this year's Doncaster Book Award:

  • The Armthorpe Academy
  • Ash Hill Academy
  • Balby Carr Community Sports College
  • Baysgarth School
  • Danum Academy
  • De Warenne Academy
  • Don Valley Academy and Performing Arts College
  • Hall Cross School
  • Hatfield High School Visual Arts College
  • Hayfield School
  • Healing School - A Science Academy
  • Heatherwood School
  • Hill House School
  • The McAuley Catholic High School
  • Mexborough School
  • Outwood Academy Adwick
  • Ridgewood School
  • Rossington All Saints School
  • Stone Hill School
  • Trinity Academy
  • XP. School Doncaster

The following primary/junior schools are taking part this year. We hope that they enjoy reading the books, having their say on the website, and, of course, voting!

  • Adwick Park Junior School
  • Auckley Primary School
  • Balby Central Primary
  • Balby Street Primary School
  • Barnburgh Primary School
  • Bawtry Mayflower Primary School
  • Bentley High Street Primary School
  • Bentley New Village Primary School
  • Bessacarr Primary School
  • Branton St Wilfrid's Primary School
  • Canon Popham Primary School
  • Conisbrough Ivanhoe Primary School
  • Conisbrough Morley Place Junior School
  • Conisbrough Station Road Primary School
  • Crooksbroom Primary School
  • Denaby Main Primary School
  • Doncaster Road Junior School, Mexborough
  • Dunsville Primary School
  • Edenthorpe Hall Primary School
  • Edlington Victoria Primary School
  • Estfeld Primary
  • Finningley Primary School
  • Green Top Primary
  • Hatchell Wood Primary School
  • Hatfield Sheep Dip Primary School
  • Hatfield Woodhouse Primary School
  • Hawthorne Primary School
  • Hayfield Lane Primary School
  • Heatherwood School
  • Hexthorpe Primary School
  • Hill Top Academy
  • Holy Family Primary School
  • Intake Primary School
  • Kingfisher Primary School
  • Kirk Sandall Infant School
  • Kirkby Avenue Primary
  • Lakeside Primary School
  • Longtoft Primary School
  • Mallard Primary School
  • Mexborough St Johnís Primary School
  • Montagu School, Mexborough
  • Moorends Marshland Primary School
  • Morley Place Academy
  • Norton Junior School
  • Our Lady of Mount Carmel Primary School
  • Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Primary School
  • Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Primary School
  • Owston Park Primary School
  • Pheasant Bank Academy
  • Plover Primary School
  • Richmond Hill Primary
  • Rosedale Primary School
  • St Albans Catholic Primary School
  • St Albans Primary School
  • Saltersgate Junior School
  • Sandringham Primary School
  • Southfield Primary
  • St Peter's Catholic Primary School
  • Stirling Primary School
  • Stone Hill School
  • Sunnyfields Primary School
  • Sycamore Primary School
  • Thorne Brooke Primary School
  • Thorne King Edward Primary School
  • Toll Bar Primary School
  • Town Field Primary School
  • Tranmoor Primary School
  • Travis St Lawrence CE Primary School
  • Wadworth Primary School
  • Willow Primary School
  • Windhill Primary School
  • Woodfield Primary

If any other schools are interested, they should contact Lynne Coppendale via our Contact page.

If your school isn’t involved, don’t despair, you can still get the books in the local public libraries and can vote using the boxes in Waterstones in the Frenchgate centre.


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