Welcome to the Leeds Book Awards Website

Welcome to the Leeds Book Awards website!

Leeds Book Awards started in 2009 and has evolved into a successful city wide initiative, run jointly between Leeds School Library Service and Leeds Public Libraries.

The Award is now a fantastic opportunity for pupils aged  9- 11, 11-14 and 14-16 to take part and vote for the best children’s and young people’s (CYP) books published in the last year.

As a child friendly city, Leeds Libraries wanted to give CYP their own Book Award, where they would have a voice and influence over the books they enjoy reading. Through the LBA, CYP can suggest titles for consideration and their votes decide the winners.

Find out more on our About the Awards page!


2018 shortlists announced

For full details of the shortlisted books and their authors, please go to the shortlists page.

For information about previous years, please see our archive page.

Want to take part? Here's how:

2018 Awards

Registration for the 2018 Awards is now open until November 3rd 2017.


To register for the Primary 9-11 Award download a registration form

9-11 registration form 2018 (Adobe PDF file, 253KB)


To register for the High school 11-14 and 14 -16 Awards 

11-14 and 14-16 registration form 2018 (Adobe PDF file, 243KB)



Winners 2017

                       Instructions for a Second-Hand Heart                       Broken Sky

 Congratulations go to......

Fleur Hitchcock                                         Tamsyn Murray                         L.A. Weatherly

Winner 9-11                                               Winner 11-14                            Winner 14-16

Subscribing Schools 2017

2017 subscribing schools will soon be able to  log in to our information page for subscribing schools with a username and password. These will be issued out to you later in January. If you are a subscribing school and don't receive a username or password by the end of January, please contact us.

Subscribing schools will be contacted directly by Leeds School Library Service when short listed book sets are available for collection.


You get to be the judge!

Look at the shortlist categories on this website and choose which list is best for you.

We have 3 categories to choose from:

  • Best Book for 9-11 year olds
  • Best Book for 11-14 year olds
  • Best Book for 14-16 year olds

Read the books and talk about them with your friends, teachers, carers and librarians.

Look at the authors' (or their publishers') websites to find out more about them and all the books they have written.

Look at the reviews on this website to see what others think and have your say.

Decide which is your favourite book and VOTE!

Find Out More

For more information please contact Pauline McMahon or Debbie Moody via our Contact page.