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 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.

2017 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:


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!


  • You can vote for your favourite book in your local library or through your Leeds Book Awards school book group.
  • Voting closes on Friday 28th April 2017, so don't worry, there is plenty of time to make up your mind.

The Award Ceremonies

There will be two celebration days and Awards ceremonies in May 2017 at Pudsey Civic Hall.

  • The winner of the 9-11 age category will be announced on Tuesday 16th May 2017 at approximately 11 a.m.
  • The 11-14 award will be announced on Thursday 18th May 2017 at approximately 13.50 and the 14-16 award at approximately 14.20.

Some of the shortlisted authors will be at both Award ceremonies for you to meet.

Attendance at the Awards is for participating school groups only.

For those unable to attend the Awards, the winners will be announced on this website and on social media:

So, start reading, and most of all... have fun!!!


Find Out More

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