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 Libraries and Leeds School Library Service.

After a successful 10 years, we are now looking at how we can further grow and develop the Awards and will be announcing plans for our 2020 Leeds Book Awards in the Autumn.

Supporting a lifelong love of books will remain at the heart of our project. Further information about the aims of the Books Awards and the Selection Criteria can be found 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 2019

Huge congratulations to:

  • Liz Flanagan - winner of the 9-11 category with "Dragon Daughter"
  • Steve Tasane - winner of the 11-14 age category with "Child I"
  • Mel Darbon - winner of the 14-16 age category with " Rosie Loves Jack"




Find Out More

For more information please contact Richard Hart via our Contact page.