2021 Indie Book Awards Shortlists

The shortlists for the 2021 Indie Book Awards have been announced. The awards are curated by independent bookstores across the UK and Ireland. The awards celebrate paperback books in several categories. The winners will be announced on June 25th.

Here are the shortlisted titles in the juvenile categories:


The Great Godden by Meg Rosoff

The Night Bus Hero

The Night Bus Hero by Onjali Q. Rauf

Tamarind & the Star of Ishta

Tamarind & the Star of Ishta by Jasbinder Bilan

Licence to Chill (Vi Spy #1)

Vi Spy: Licence to Chill by Maz Evans

Voyage of the Sparrowhawk by Natasha Farrant (released in the U.S. in October 2021)

Voices #5: Windrush Child (Voices 5)

Windrush Child by Benjamin Zephaniah


The Bear, the Piano & Little Bear’s Concert by David Litchfield

Dog Gone

Dog Gone by Rob Biddulph

 The Girl and the Dinosaur by Hollie Hughes & Sarah Massini

The Hospital Dog

The Hospital Dog by Julia Donaldson & Sara Ogilvie

Julian at the Wedding by Jessica Love 

Rain Before Rainbows by Smriti Halls, illustrated by David Litchfield