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.
A huge queue of enthusiastic readers wait to have their books signed by David Baddiel at our 2015-16 launch
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.
Wednesday 14th June 2017
This June, Doncaster Book Award was absolutely delighted to pay host to the ever-popular author Jeremy Strong.
January and Easter 2017
DBA worked with Talegate Theatre to produce a "Disgusting Doncaster" play which appeared at the Cast Theatre over Easter.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We had an immense response to Dave Cryer's formidable workshops celebrating DBA's poetry shortlist.
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.
Wednesday 5th October 2016
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.
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.
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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!
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!
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!
Secretary, Doncaster Book Awards Ltd.
The following secondary schools are taking part in this year's Doncaster Book Award:
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!
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.