This is an ARCHIVE of the Doncaster Book Award website. The DBA is no longer operational, and the information in this archive is provided only for information purposes. Some of the information and links may be outdated, inaccurate or misleading.

Head Kid The Racehorse who Learned to Dance Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Street Child Voyage of the Sparrowhawk Evie and the Animals Diary of a Wimpy Kid The Wild Way Home The Highland Falcon Thief The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe Frostheart A Kind of Spark The Midnight Guardians The Super Miraculous Journey of Freddie Yates The Brilliant World of Tom Gates Dog Man Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone Dork Diaries Holes Gangsta Granny

Welcome to the Doncaster Book Award!

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.

2021 Winners Announced

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:

2021-stoneFrom the 2021 Classics List:

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
by J K Rowling

2021-kidFrom the 2021 Shortlist:

Head Kid
by David Baddiel

Book Lists

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.


Reader Reviews

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.

How Do I Join In?

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!!

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.