Children of Blood and Bone The House with Chicken Legs The Polar Bear Explorers' Club Love from Lexie The Weight of a Thousand Feathers Gunpowder Plot Diary of a Brilliant Kid: Top Secret Guide to Awesomeness The Wizards of Once Horrible Histories A Place Called Perfect How to Write Your Best Story Ever! The Children of Castle Rock Eve of Man A Skinful of Shadows The Island at the End of Everything Star Wars Maker Lab Splash Kid Normal The Beetle Collector's Handbook Curiosity: The Story of a Mars Rover Things a Bright Girl Can Do Toto the Ninja Cat and the Great Snake Escape Riddle of the Runes Suffragette: The Battle for Equality Natboff! The 1000-Year-Old Boy Lady Mary

Welcome to the Doncaster Book Award!

Books Are Amazing!! Celebrate the joy of reading with us once again this year – there’s so much here for you to enjoy!
Find out all about DBA | Read our Mission Statement | View this year's book lists

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

Jeanne Willis and Liz MillionJeanne Willis and Liz Million

Thursday 13th June 2019 saw over 400 children attend DBA’s very first major Key Stage 1 event. DBA were back at CAST in Doncaster with a tremendous event, starring Jeanne Willis and Liz Million.

Winners Announced at our Fantastic Finale!

The winners of the 2019 Doncaster Book Award were announced at our amazing Finale at the Doncaster Dome on Thursday 11th April 2019.

And the winners are...

  • Secondary List: Sophie Anderson, The House with Chicken Legs
  • Primary List: Cressida Cowell, The Wizards of Once
  • Non-Fiction List: M G Leonard, The Beetle Collector's Handbook

Shield Wall (2)Another year, another magical celebration of children’s books at the Doncaster Dome, in a day absolutely jam-packed with excitement and fun. Our special guests this year were authors Janina Ramirez and David Solomons, popular illustrator Liz Million and, a first for the DBA, Jofor’s Hall Viking re-enactment group, appearing in full costume complete with weapons!

Half Term Hilarity with our Panto at the Point

Most of the cast after a successful performanceAlmost 30 young people from 12 local schools and the home-educated community arrived at The Point Arts centre on a sunny February Friday all ready to flex their dramatic muscles with our friends from the Talegate Theatre company on a new and exciting production of 'Jack and the Beanstalk'.

Shortlists Announced!

The shortlists for the 2019 Doncaster Book Award have been announced!

Did your favourite make it?

Here are the lists!

From the secondary longlist, these are the books which received the most votes:

  • Sophie Anderson, The House with Chicken Legs
  • Charli Howard, Splash
  • Sally Nicholls, Things a Bright Girl Can Do (Age 13+)
  • Janina Ramirez, Riddle of the Runes
  • Lucy Worsley, Lady Mary

The books on the primary longlist which received the most votes are:

  • Alex Bell, The Polar Bear Explorers' Club
  • Cressida Cowell, The Wizards of Once
  • Greg James and Chris Smith, Kid Normal
  • Dermot O'Leary, Toto the Ninja Cat and the Great Snake Escape
  • Andy Stanton, Natboff!

Which books will win? The winners will be announced at our Finale Event at the Doncaster Dome on 11th April.

Amazing Viking Art Competition

We want our readers to design a Viking shield. It will be judged by the Jorfor's Hall Viking Re-enactment group, who are going to be at the finale on 11th April, and the winning shield will be made to scale and presented to the winner at the finale (we hope they will be there!) Yes - the winning design WILL be made into a shield. The closing date is Thursday 28th March.

Fantastic Launch for the 2018-19 Award

On Thursday 11th October 2018 the DBA played host to three absolutely brilliant authors in what was definitely one of our best events ever. The Dome was filled with well over 1000 cheering, clapping and laughing children as Andy Stanton, Martin Brown and Andy Cope demonstrated once again the power of books to stir imaginations, inform and entertain and the sheer joy of reading.

View full details of DBA Launch 2018-19 (now with over 100 fantastic photos)

Book Lists


Check out our fabulous new book lists. You’ll find books there from some of your most popular authors and discover some new favourites too. Lose yourself in these amazing stories. You can step into new worlds of magic and mystery, laugh and cry alongside the characters on their thrilling adventures, solve puzzles and explore magical realms. Most importantly: tell us what you think. We love to see your thoughts and opinions on the books you are reading, 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! You might even win a prize in our brand-new ‘Review of the Month’ competition.

What’s Going On?

Our Events page has details of some of the amazing events we held last year, and this year’s events will be as fabulous as ever. Starting with our exciting launch event at Doncaster Dome on 11th October 2018, we’ve got another fun-packed year planned. Keep checking this website for details of what’s happening, and when, where and how you can join us!

Morning 2Just some of the audience at our amazing 2017 Launch. Help us make this year's even bigger!

How Do I Take Part?

Everyone is welcome to join in the DBA!

Speak to your teacher or school librarian to see if your school is already involved. If not, don’t panic!! You can still read the books for free from your local public library, post reviews and comments here on this website, and find out details of all up-coming events. If you are a teacher who wants to join in, please contact Lynne Coppendale, our Schools Co-ordinator, who will tell you everything you need to know to get you started.

Come and join us! I look forward to meeting lots of you again this year.

Don’t delay, start reading today!!

Lyn Hopson
Secretary, Doncaster Book Awards Ltd.

Our Mission Statement

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.