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!


2019 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!

Subscribing Schools 2019

2019 subscribing schools are now able to log in to our information page for subscribing schools with a username and password.  If you are a subscribing school and have not received a username or password, please contact us.


  • You can vote for your favourite book in your local library or through your Leeds Book Awards school book group.
  • Voting closes on Friday 26th April 2019, so don't worry, there is plenty of time to make up your mind.

The Award Ceremonies

All subscribing schools will receive an invitation to the Leeds Book Awards Ceremonies.


The 11-14/14-16 Ceremony will take place on Thursday 16th May 2019, at Leeds Civic Hall


The 9-11 Ceremony will take place on Tuesday 21st May 2019, at Pudsey Civic Hall


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


Winners 2018

Huge congratulations to:

Laura Ellen Anderson winner of the 7-9 category with "Amelia Fang and the Barbaric Ball"

Emma Carroll winner of the 9-11 age category with "Letters from the Lighthouse"

Penny Joelson winner of the 11-14 age category with “I Have No Secrets”

Lisa Drakeford winner of the 14-16 age category with “The Crash”



Find Out More

For more information please contact Kirsty Fenn or Carole O'Kane via our Contact page.