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
Ever wanted to be a rap star? Well, here's your chance...
In keeping with our 'Poetry' theme, for our competition this year we're inviting schools to create and perform their very own rap! The top four entries will be performed live on stage at a sensational 'Poetry Slam' at this year's Finale on 4th April. If you'd like to be one of them, please send a video of your group performing their poem to Lynne Coppendale by Friday 10th March 2017. Great prizes to be won!!
The shortlists for the 2016-17 Award have been announced. Visit our booklists page and look out for the orange SHORTLISTED tag!
4th April 2017
It's that time again! We are now getting ready to celebrate all the fab work done this year with our special Grand Finale Event at the Doncaster Dome on 4th April.
Full details will be available soon - check out the taster below which also reveals the identity of our special guests for the Finale!
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.
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.
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.
We had an immense response to Dave Cryer's formidable workshops celebrating DBA's poetry shortlist.
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.
Wednesday 5th October 2016
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.
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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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!
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.
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!
Secretary, Doncaster Book Awards Ltd.
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.