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
Tuesday 24th April 2018 was a very special day for the DBA Committee. Together we attended a special event in the magnificent surroundings of Sheffield Cathedral where we were presented with a Duke of York's Community Initiative Award by HRH Prince Andrew.
We are delighted to offer your children the opportunity to take part in a rap/street dance-based workshop on Monday, 28th May at the Dance Studio, CAST Theatre, Waterdale, led by dance master Chloe.
We have a fantastic day of book-filled fun on offer for you on Tuesday, 12th June at Doncaster Dome!
The morning will be our first-ever event aimed at younger children and celebrating the joy of picture books. Our special guest will be the wonderful author and illustrator Viviane Schwarz!
The second half of our book-filled fun day on Tuesday, 12th June includes a Poetry Slam with DBA favourite Paul Cookson.
Following his triumph at our launch in October, Paul is back in Doncaster with an event aimed primarily at years 5 – 9, which will involve lots of noise, excitement and audience participation!
Between 11th and 15th June 2018, Doncaster Book Award has invited the wonderful Secret Adventures of Rolo author Debi Evans to visit some of our local schools and to take part in our next big DBA event on 12th June. Debi will be doing a series of school visits to talk about her books and especially her main character, the cheeky and fabulous Jack Russell Rolo. AND we’re giving you a not-to-be-missed chance to win a free visit from Debi for your school.
Check out our Competitions page here on the website for full details of our re-launched KS2 poetry competition. Every school who sends in an entry will be automatically entered into the draw to win a visit from Debi. Last entries by 18th May, so don’t delay, start writing today!!
Thursday 1st March 2018, The Dome, Doncaster
The winners of the 2018 Doncaster Book Award were announced at our fantastic Finale held in the Doncaster Dome on 1st March 2018 (World Book Day). Our authors and audience braved the snow and ice to attend the event.
The winners are:
Our hugely enjoyable vlogging workshop was held for a second time in January 2018. Our first video blogs are now live on the website! Find out what Matthew, Leo and Amani have to say about their chosen books.
The votes have been counted and we have our shortlists for the 2018 award!. This time there are clear favourites streaking ahead, so if you want your favourite to win, voting will be essential. The next vote will also include the Classics list.
The Doncaster Book Award is all about celebrating the joy of books and reading and giving our young people a chance to discover new books and authors. This year, we’d like to take that a step further and allow keen readers to share their love and enthusiasm for reading by becoming Reading Champions and promoting reading within their school and beyond.
The project will allow groups/individual children from Y4 upwards to attend DBA events, take part in special workshops, post articles and pictures on our new blogging/vlogging web page (going live soon!) and receive free ‘Reading Champion’ T-shirts and other free gifts over the next two years.
If you think this is something that your school could get involved with, please contact Lyn Hopson or Paul Webdale for further information. Lyn and Paul would be happy to visit your school on request to speak to staff/students about the project. You might also want to check out the Vlogging workshop report.
We look forward to hearing from you!
Thursday 1st March 2018, The Dome, Doncaster Lakeside, Bawtry Road, Doncaster DN4 7PD
The DBA Committee are very excited to announce the following amazing line-up of guest authors who will be appearing at our Finale at the Dome on Thursday 1st March 2018.
For the first time ever we will be joining in with the national World Book Day celebrations for what promises to be an absolutely fabulous event.
Amazing authors and illustrators read and live-draw in this one-of-a kind, unmissable event. Including:
Don’t miss out - come along and help us celebrate the joy of stories with some of your favourite authors. Book your places now by contacting Lynne Coppendale.
Places are sure to go very quickly, so don’t delay, book yours today!
For full details and a full-size version of the poster please visit our Events Page.
Look forward to seeing you there!
Panto in a Day with Talegate Theatre Company, Friday 29th December 2017
On a very cold and snowy Friday morning a group of stalwart Doncaster Book Award followers braved the elements and arrived at the Doncaster Little Theatre for our annual “Panto in a Day”.
Wednesday 22nd November 2017
As part of participating in the Doncaster Book Award, Armthorpe Academy hosted a visit by the highly acclaimed YA and children's author Anthony McGowan. Mexborough Academy and Hallcross Academy joined Armthorpe year 7 students to meet the author and to listen to him tell them about his books and how he became a writer.
Tuesday 14th November 2017
Back by popular demand, this autumn the DBA were once again proud to welcome the wonderful Matt Haig and Chris Mould!
To celebrate Father Christmas and Me, the latest book in their highly successful A Boy Called Christmas series, the dynamic duo appeared at St Peter's Primary School, Doncaster.
Friday 3rd November 2017
This autumn half term, The Point Arts Centre was the venue for a brand new and exciting ‘Vlogging’ workshop to help launch our new ‘Reading Champions’ project.
Our DBA launch event on 18th October was the biggest ever, with over 1500 children taking part in a fun-filled celebration of poetry, pictures and stories at the Doncaster Dome with our special guests Chris Riddell and Paul Cookson.
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 at the bottom of this page 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 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 year’s 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.
January and Easter 2017
DBA worked with Talegate Theatre to produce a "Disgusting Doncaster" play which appeared at the Cast Theatre over Easter.
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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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.