The Arabian Nights Half a King The Parent Agency The Spy Who Loved School Dinners Sweet Honey The Astounding Broccoli Boy The Everest Files Half Wild Darkmouth Riding the Americas Journey to the River Sea Comet in Moominland The Jungle Book Itchcraft The Butterfly Lion Lone Wolf The Adventures of Long Arm A Tiny Bit Lucky Goth Girl and the Fete Worse Than Death Uncle Gobb and the Dread Shed Unspeakable The Sin Eater's Daughter Zom B Bride Amazon Summer Murder Most Unladylike Around the World in 80 Days

Welcome to the Doncaster Book Award!

Welcome to the Home Page of the dynamic Doncaster Book Award!

As ever this year, we’ve got brilliant books, exciting events, in fact everything you could want to get you reading, enjoying and talking about books from now till next April and beyond.

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Huge queue for signing

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

Seven Stories Visit

Saturday 16th July 2016, Seven Stories, Newcastle

On Saturday 16th July we visited Seven Stories, the National Centre for Children's Books, in Newcastle.

Julian ClaryLaunch of the 2016-17 Award

Wednesday 5th October 2016, Doncaster Dome

Our 2016-17 launch will take place on 5th October at the Dome, with author Julian Clary, illustrator David Roberts and poet and writer A.F. Harrold

Liz PichonCarnival of Books!

UPDATED AGAIN! As well as a full report and photo gallery from the Finale and a report from the Doncaster Free Press, we now also have a video of the samba from the Finale!

Over 900 pupils and guests packed the Doncaster Dome on Friday 15th April for the fantastic finale of the 2016 Doncaster Book Award.

This amazing event featured:

  • Authors Liz Pichon and Pamela Butchart!
  • Samba!
  • Comic artist and illustrator Kev F Sutherland!
  • Cycling!
  • Lifeboats!
  • The Rio Olympics!

The winners of the 2015-16 Doncaster Book Award are:

  • Secondary: Cathy Cassidy, Sweet Honey
  • Primary: Liz Pichon, Tom Gates: A Tiny Bit Lucky
  • Classic: Michael Morpurgo, The Butterfly Lion

View our full report and photo gallery

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.

Panto in a DayPanto in a Day

Doncaster's gorgeous Georgian Mansion House was once again the scene of an absolutely magical 'Panto in a Day', as we ended 2015 in style with a panto workshop based on the story of Aladdin!

Matt Haig and Chris MouldAuthor Workshop with Matt Haig & Chris Mould

In the lead-up to Christmas, DBA favourites Matt Haig and Chris Mould led an author workshop based on their new book A Boy Called Christmas.

David BaddielDBA and David Baddiel rock the Doncaster Dome!

The Doncaster Book Award had its biggest ever launch this year when over 750 children and special guests joined comedian and author David Baddiel for a fabulous and fun-filled event at the Doncaster Dome on 1st October 2015.

This Year’s Books

There’s a bit of everything in our book lists this year, from humour to horror, magic to murder, and friendships to fantasy. Featured authors range from past DBA favourites such as Liz Pichon, Simon Mayo, Cathy Cassidy and Darren Shan, to acclaimed award winners including Michael Rosen and Frank Cottrell Boyce and also include new voices such as Shane Hegarty. We have the fantastic illustrations of Children’s Laureate Chris Riddell for you to enjoy and our wonderful ‘Classics’ list will transport you around the world. Check out the book lists page now for full details and to decide which one you’ll read first. Don’t forget to tell us what you think by posting your reviews and comments – remember your votes alone will decide who wins!

What's Going On?

Following on from our launch with David Baddiel, we’ve got lots of other exciting events for you, including a Jungle Book drama day, author visits, our Christmas ‘Panto in a Day’, the wonderful ‘Aladdin’ at the Mansion House in December, mask-making at the Point, Samba Dancing and a fabulous ‘Beach Party’ Finale. Watch this space for dates and details of how to join in the fun.

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

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, Grimsby
  • Hill House School
  • Mexborough School
  • Outwood Academy Adwick
  • Ridgewood School
  • Rossington All Saints 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
  • 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 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.

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

2014-15 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


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