Cogheart Letters from the Lighthouse How to Train Your Dragon The Never-Ending Story Who Let The Gods Out? Never Say Die I Have No Secrets Resurrection The Legend of Podkin One-Ear Orangeboy The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe Blame One of Us is Lying The Fox and the Ghost King Silence is Goldfish The Shepherd's Crown Northern Lights Pugs of the Frozen North Tales of the Peculiar Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone My Gym Teacher is an Alien Overlord Contagion The Goldfish Boy The Midnight Gang What Not to do if you Turn Invisible

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.

Huge queue for signing

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

Captivating children’s poetry casts a spell in Doncaster

We’ve just come to the end of this year’s poetry competition, and what a joy it has been to read all of the wonderful poems created by our young people!

We were absolutely delighted at the response. In total we had 279 poems submitted from ten local primary schools and the Home Educated community.

Find out the winners and read the winning poems

Paul CooksonPicture-Perfect Morning at the Doncaster Dome

The morning of 12th June 2018 was a very exciting one for the DBA as a poet and three fabulous authors joined us at Doncaster Dome for our first ever event aimed at younger readers, and the winners of our recent inter-school poetry challenge were announced

View report and photos from the "picture-perfect morning" at the Dome

Some of Chloe's Half-Term Dance Workshop Show their MovesThe Power of Poetry Rocks the Doncaster Dome

In the afternoon of 12th June 2018, five Doncaster schools came together to celebrate creativity, enjoy some performance poetry, and showcase their own poetic talent at a special Doncaster Book Award Poetry Slam. This event followed on from our younger readers' event in the morning and there was no let-up in the energy and enthusiasm buzzing around the Dome as the audience enjoyed contributions from Paul Cookson, Debi Evans, Ash Dickinson and fantastic dance and poetry performances from students.

View report and photos from the afternoon Poetry Slam

Debi EvansSunshine, Sick-Buckets and Spiders at Saltersgate Juniors!

In early June 2018, Doncaster Book Awards played host to author Debi Evans as she made a series of visits to six primary schools around the Borough to talk about her Adventures of Rolo series.

View report and photos from Debi's visit to Saltersgate Juniors

Dance WorkshopRUN Dance Move Cast Dance Workshop Celebrates Rap "Cos That's The Way It Is"...

In preparation for our poetry event at the Dome in June, eager dancers arrived at CAST in late May to work on a piece to be performed in front of all the attendees.

DBA presented with a Duke of York's Community Initiative AwardDBA presented with Duke of York's Community Initiative Award

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.

Guest Speakers at our Fantastic 2018 FinaleWinners announced as books defeat the ‘Beast from the East’ on World Book Day in Donny

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:

  • Classics List (Fantasy Theme): Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J K Rowling (illustrated by Jim Kay)
  • Secondary List: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J K Rowling
  • Primary List: The Midnight Gang by David Walliams

View our full report and photos

Vlogging WorkshopVlogging Workshop: First video blogs now live

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.

View full workshop report, photos and our first three video blogs!

Shortlists Announced!

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.

Primary Shortlist

  • Emma Carroll, Letters from the Lighthouse
  • Sir Michael Morpurgo, The Fox and the Ghost King
  • Philip Reeve & Sarah McIntyre, Pugs of the Frozen North
  • David Solomons, My Gym Teacher is an Alien Overlord
  • David Walliams, The Midnight Gang

Secondary Shortlist

  • Penny Joelson, I Have No Secrets
  • Karen McManus, One of Us Is Lying
  • Annabel Pitcher, Silence is Goldfish
  • J K Rowling, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
  • Ross Welford, What Not to do if you Turn Invisible

Reading Champions

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!

It's going to be EPIC!!! DBA Finale + World Book Day 2018!

Thursday 1st March 2018, The Dome, Doncaster Lakeside, Bawtry Road, Doncaster DN4 7PD

The Biggest Book Show On Earth!

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:

  • Nadiya Hussain (Nadiya's Bake Me A Story)
  • Cressida Cowell (The Wizard of Once)
  • Andy Griffiths (The 13-Storey Treehouse)
  • Dermot o'Leary (Toto the Ninja Cat and the Great Snake Escape)
  • Cathy Cassidy (The Chocolate Box Girls)
  • Hosted by Steven Butler (The Nothing to See Here Hotel)

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 DaySnow Stoppers Travel to a Narnia Winter Wonderland

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”.

View our report and photos from the Panto in a Day event

Anthony McGowanBrock, Pike, Rook, Fall... It's All About Anthony at Armthorpe!

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.

View our report and photos from the Anthony McGowan event

Chris Mould and Matt HaigHo! Ho! Ho! Matt Haig and Chris Mould are back for more!

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.

Read our report and photos from the Matt Haig and Chris Mould event

Vlogging WorkshopVlogging Workshop: A Fun Friday's Filming at The Point

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.

Full Report and Photos from the Vlogging Workshop

Chris Riddell and Paul Cookson with pupils on the big red sofaLaunch Event with Chris Riddell and Paul Cookson

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.

Full Report and Photos from the 2017-18 Launch Event

This Year’s Books

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!

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 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!

How can I join in?

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!
Lyn Hopson
Secretary, Doncaster Book Awards Ltd.

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.

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 Academy
  • 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
  • Hill Top Academy
  • Holy Family Primary School
  • Intake Primary School
  • Kingfisher Primary School
  • Kirk Sandall Infant School
  • Kirkby Avenue Primary
  • Lakeside Primary School
  • Longtoft Primary School
  • Mallard Primary School
  • Mexborough St John’s 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
  • Rosedale Primary School
  • Rossington St Michael's CE Primary School
  • 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.


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