There are lots of children’s book awards, but the Doncaster Book Awards is special. That’s because children decide not only which books they want to win, but even which ones are on the shortlist.
Doncaster is in Yorkshire, in the north of England. Lots of schools in the area, alongside many home-educated kids, register and take part in the awards. First, the children select the shortlist for different categories of books, and these are then voted on by all the schools and the children. Sometimes book publishers ask to get their books on the list, but the answer is always no. This one is by children, for children!
World Book Day is fast approaching, and they’re calling it The Biggest Book Show on Earth!
What will YOU do to mark this special occasion?
Debbie Young from the children’s reading charity Readathon shares some info and some ideas.