About the Awards


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.

Now in it's 10th year in 2018, we have also introduced a pilot Award for the 7-9 age category. This is running between February and June with the winner to be announced on this website in early July.In this pilot year there will not be an Award ceremony.

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.


What are the benefits of taking part in the Awards?

  • promotes reading for pleasure through a city wide initiative
  • challenges CYP to read books they may never have chosen
  • CYP have the opportunity to meet contemporary authors
  • allows CYP to participate in sharing their favourite books with their peers
  • leads to discussion about how to choose the best books, what makes a good book or author
  • helps CYP to make better reading choices
  • encourages speaking and listen, debating skills and positive interaction

Award criteria

  • The book must have been published in English for the 1st time (hardback or paperback) from November of the previous year
  • The book must be a stand-alone read (no series fiction or sequels), although the 1st book in a new series is accepted
  • We are looking for riveting reads – titles that young people will find thoroughly enjoyable and engaging and will want to recommend to all their friend
  • The author must be based in the UK so they can be invited to the Awards ceremony


How it works

Primary and High School registration forms are available to download from www.leeds.gov.uk/sls between September and November
Registration entitles schools to:

  • 1 copy of each of the short listed books
  • Shortlist posters and bookmarks
  • A twilight awareness session for new staff running Book Awards readers groups
  • Seats to the Awards Ceremony for the following May.

The 6 shortlisted titles are announced in December and LBA groups meet between January and April.  Groups are an opportunity to discuss and share opinions on the books and to submit individual reviews onto the www.leedsbookawards.co.uk website. CYP really enjoy seeing their review on the live website and reading what other CYP think of the book.

Any young person can take part in the Awards, through their local library, even if their school isn’t signed up. They can borrow the books, submit reviews and fill in a voting form at the library. Voting closes at Easter.

Whilst the CYP are busy reading and reviewing, Library staff are busy planning the Awards ceremonies in May. All authors are invited to attend, the winner is announced, and CYP have the opportunity to meet them, buy their favourite book and get it personally signed.

Our short video from the 2015 Primary Awards ceremony 2015 conveys the buzz around the event.


Our thanks go to;

Askews and Holts Library supplier



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