Books are awesome!!
Welcome to the Doncaster Book Award, where we've been celebrating the joy of reading since 2004!
Our Virtual Grand Finale Event, with special guests M G Leonard, Sam Sedgman, Liz Million and James Worthington, is now available to watch below.
The winners of the 2021 Doncaster Book Award were announced at our Virtual Grand Finale Event on 7th July 2021.
Against a backdrop of two beautiful steam trains in Doncaster's amazing new Danum Gallery, Library and Museum, Lesley Hurworth announced the much-anticipated winners of this year's award:
From the 2021 Classics List:
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
From the 2021 Shortlist:
As always, we have a truly wonderful selection of stories for you to enjoy. On our lists are books that will make you laugh, make you cry, take you to wondrous places and let you join the characters on amazing adventures. Our Shortlist lets you discover some fabulous new books that will be favourites in the future, whilst our Classics list has books that have been chosen by Doncaster children in their recently-voted top 100 reads.
As ever, we want to hear all about what you think of the books, so head over to our Reviews Page and send us your reviews and comments. Reviews can be as detailed as you like (though please don’t give away the endings!!) and prizes will be awarded by the DBA committee for the best reviews. Voting will take place in July, and the winning books will be announced at our Finale event.
You can take part in the Award either with your school, or from home. All you have to do is read the books, send us your reviews and comments, and vote for your favourites. Keep checking here to find out everything that’s happening – we will add details of our events as soon as they are available. You can take part in our writing competition right now – check out our competitions page for details.
Let your reading adventures begin!!
The Doncaster Book Award strives to promote reading for pleasure among our young people, in order to create a positive attitude towards books and reading and to extend reading choices. This will, in turn, lead to improved literacy levels, better educational outcomes and thus improve future economic prospects for Doncaster’s children. We also strive to provide children with opportunities for new and exciting experiences based around books and reading, to encourage positive social interaction between young people from all parts of the Borough and thus help make Doncaster a thriving reading community.