Please Mrs Butler The Potion Diaries Car Wash Wish The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy and Other Stories The Secret of Skara Vhore The Hunting of the Snark The Bolds One Revolting Rhymes Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats Front Lines The End 13 Days of Midnight Beetle Boy Aliens! Listen to the Moon The Highwayman Stormwalker Goth Girl and the Wuthering Fright The Wolf Wilder My Brother is a Superhero Grandpa's Great Escape The Boy Who Sailed the Ocean in an Armchair The Art of Being Normal The Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow Everything, Everything

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.

Lottery Funded: Big Lottery Fund

Huge queue for signing

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

Fantastic Finale at the Doncaster Dome

A wonderful time was had by all as we celebrated the finale of the 2017 Doncaster Book Award at the Doncaster Dome on 4th April. Check back here for full details very soon!

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

Take a look at our new book lists – you’ll like what you see. As always, you’ll find some old favourites, but also discover new authors and stories that will fire your imagination, make you shiver in horror and laugh out loud! Tell us what you think by posting your reviews too and remember, it is your votes that will decide the winners! Don’t delay - start reading today!

What's Going On?

We’ve got lots of fun things happening, starting with an amazing launch event on 5th October with star guests Bolds author and illustrator Julian Clary and David Roberts. Over the year you’ll get the chance to meet poets, authors and illustrators, and to explore your own creativity and discover your dramatic talents at our exciting workshops. Keep checking the website for details of up-coming events and have a look at some of the great stuff we did last year.

How can I join in?

Everyone is welcome to get involved. Check out the lists of schools below or speak to your teacher or librarian to see if your school is taking part. If not, don’t worry. You can still get involved reading and reviewing the books and our Events page will have all the details of what’s happening and how to take part. We look forward to seeing you!

Happy Reading!
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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.


Lottery Funded: Big Lottery Fund