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.
A huge queue of enthusiastic readers wait to have their books signed by David Baddiel at our 2015-16 launch
Saturday 16th July 2016, Seven Stories, Newcastle
On Saturday 16th July we visited Seven Stories, the National Centre for Children's Books, in Newcastle.
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
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:
The winners of the 2015-16 Doncaster Book Award are:
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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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Secretary, Doncaster Book Award
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.
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
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: