Ransom Remembrance The Secret Garden Ways to See a Ghost The Jolley-Rogers and the Ghostly Galleon War Game Fortunately, the Milk Looking for Alaska Half Bad Echo Boy The Clash of the Mega Robots The Fallen Unravel Haunted Frankie vs the Cowboy's Crew The Adventures of Robin Hood May Need Re-Booting War Horse The Railway Children More Than This Oliver and the Seawigs Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse Anywhere Gladiator Eternal Detention The Last Wild The Reindeer Girl

Welcome to the Doncaster Book Award!

Welcome to the Home Page of the Doncaster Book Award!

As ever, we’ve got a fabulous programme of exciting events and activities that will keep you reading, reviewing and most importantly enjoying books right through till April. The DBA has an historical theme this year, and we’ll help you to ‘Discover Doncaster’ in a unique and fun way, and get a ‘horrible history’- style view of Doncaster’s rich and varied past.

Lottery Funded: Big Lottery Fund

Vote DBAVote DBA!

Please vote for the Doncaster Book Awards in the Aviva Community Fund...


The DBA can only continue to offer free author visits, workshops and visits with funding such as this, so please help out.

It should only take a couple of minutes. Even better, tell your friends to vote too!

Many thanks, The DBA team

Matt DickinsonMatt Dickinson Author Visit

Thursday 30th April saw Armthorpe Academy and the Doncaster Book Awards host a spectacular visit by author, film-maker and adventurous explorer Matt Dickinson.

View our full report and photos from Matt Dickinson's visit.

Winners announced at Grand Finale with Simon Mayo

2015 Winners

Simon Mayo was our Guest of Honour at the Grand Finale on Tuesday 21st April 2015, at which the winners of the 2014-15 Doncaster Book Award were announced:

  • Secondary: Matt Haig, Echo Boy
  • Primary: Chris Riddell, Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse
  • Classic: Michael Morpurgo, War Horse

We have a full report and photos from the Grand Finale

Shortlists Announced

The shortlists for the 2014-15 Doncaster Book Award have been announced!

Secondary Shortlist Primary Shortlist

Discover Doncaster!Discover Doncaster!

Monday 16 and Tuesday 17 February 2015 (half term), Little Theatre

Two days of Horrible History-style drama workshops based on Discover Doncaster! and led by James and Talegate Theatre.

View our full report and photos!

Panto in a DayPanto in a Day

30 December 2014,
10.00 a.m. - 3.00 p.m.,
Mansion House

Workshop and performance based on Robin Hood, led by James and Talegate Theatre.

View our full report and photos!

Illustration WorkshopsLiz Million Illustration Workshop

1, 2 December 2014

Doncaster students from four schools were given a Pre-Christmas treat when thanks to the Doncaster Book Award the hilariously funny and very talented illustrator, Liz Million, wowed them with her drawing tips and skills!

Read our full report on the Liz Million Illustration Workshop

Authors and Artists come together for the launch of the 11th Doncaster Book Award

Over 500 excited students enjoyed the launch of the 11th DBA, including special guests James Worthington from Talegate Theatre, the DBA's very own Phil Sheppard, illustrator Liz Million and author and animator Curtis Jobling.

Which books are on the lists this year?

As ever, our booklists have something for everyone, from the humour of World of Norm - May Need Re-booting by Jonathan Meres, and Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre’s Oliver and the Seawigs to the eerie horror of William Hussey’s Haunted and the nail-biting excitement of Chris Bradford’s Bodyguard:Ransom. Check out our full list of titles on our Booklists page. You’ll find endearing animals, sinister criminal organisations, football, pirates, zombies, Victorian railways and even Robin Hood! Not to be missed!

What's Going On?

Our programme of events will include author and illustrator events, including our launch with the wonderful Curtis Jobling and Liz Million. There will be theatre workshops in schools with James Worthington and the Talegate Theatre Company, a ‘Panto in a day’ in the Christmas holidays and unique half-term workshops on our ‘Discover Doncaster’ theme. View all our events and activities on our Events page.

How can I join in?

Want to get involved? It couldn’t be easier. Speak to your teacher or librarian and see if your school is taking part. Don’t worry, if they are not, you can still read and review the books and find out what’s happening by checking our Events page on the website. You, the reader are firmly in charge, so get reading and share your views and opinions on our review pages. Remember, no adult gets a say and your votes alone will decide our shortlist and eventual winners.

Happy Reading!
Lyn Hopson
Secretary, Doncaster Book Award

Animation AwardDBA Animation nominated for award!

I'm a True Reader, an animation created by Doncaster Book Award participants during a two-day workshop in February 2014, has been nominated for an award at the Bradford Animation Festival. The award, for "Best Film By Young Animators", will be presented on 22 November 2014 at the National Media Museum at BAF 2014, the UK's biggest animation festival.

The animation features a song written and performed by the participating children, as well as character and scenes animated during the workshops - all with the purpose of getting people reading!

2014 Finale2013-14 Winners and Finale

The winners of the 2013-14 Doncaster Book Award were announced at our fantastic finale event at CAST on Thursday 3rd April. Authors Chris Bradford and Jonathan Meres were present to help announce the winners, who are:

  • DIRECTOR: I am Still Not a Loser by Barry Loser (commas put in by Jim Smith)
  • PRODUCER: Itch Rocks by Simon Mayo
  • PAGE TO SCREEN: The Hobbit by J R R Tolkien

The author of I am Still Not a Loser sent the following message on hearing he had won the "Director" category:

When I heard my book had been voted the winner in the Primary category of the Doncaster Book Award, I was so excited my pyjama bottoms fell down. Off the back of the chair they were hanging over in my bedroom. I was next door in the kitchen wearing my trousers. Which also fell down.

Me and all my clothes are comperleeterly thrilled.

— Barry Loser/Jim Smith

Schools Taking Part

The following secondary schools are taking part in the 2014-2015 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
  • Hill House School
  • Mexborough School
  • Outwood Academy Adwick
  • Ridgewood School
  • Rossington All Saints School
  • Summerhill Academy
  • Trinity Academy

The following primary/junior schools are taking part in 2014-2015. 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
  • Hatchell Wood Primary School
  • Hatfield Sheep Dip Primary School
  • Hatfield Woodhouse Primary School
  • Hawthorne Primary School
  • Hayfield Lane Primary School
  • Hexthorpe Primary School
  • Holy Family Primary School
  • Intake Primary School
  • Kingfisher Primary School
  • Kirkby Avenue Primary
  • Lakeside Primary School
  • Longtoft Primary School
  • Mallard Primary School
  • Mexborough St Johnís Primary School
  • Montagu School, Mexborough
  • Norton Junior School
  • Owston Primary School
  • Pheasant Bank Academy
  • Plover Primary School
  • Richmond Hill Primary
  • St Albans Catholic Primary School
  • St Albans Primary School
  • Saltersgate Primary School
  • Sandringham Primary School
  • Southfield Primary
  • St Peter's Catholic Primary School
  • Stirling Primary 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 Lyn Hopson via Don Valley Academy and Performing Arts College.

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.


Lottery Funded: Big Lottery Fund