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.

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 planned to be announced on this website in early July.

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!


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”



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:


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 2018

2018 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 27th April 2018 so don't worry, there is plenty of time to make up your mind.

The Award Ceremonies

There will be two Awards ceremonies in May 2018.

  • The winner of the 9-11 age category will be announced on Tuesday 22nd May 2018 at approximately 11 a.m.
  • The 11-14 award will be announced on Thursday 17th May 2018 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 Kirsty Fenn or Carole O'Kane via our Contact page.