Diverse Book Awards Shortlist 2021

The Author School has announced the shortlist for The Diverse Book Awards 2021. The books highlight the best diverse books published in the UK during 2020. The awards are open only to UK-based authors. Here are the shortlists for the Children’s and Young Adults categories:


Baller Boys

Baller Boys by Venessa Taylor, illustrated by Kenneth Ghann

Cover for Rocket Says Clean Up! (Rocket Says...)

Clean Up! by Nathan Bryon, illustrated by Dapo Adeola

Cover for Do You Know Me?

Do You Know Me? by Rebecca Westcott, Libby Scott

Little Badman and the Time-travelling Teacher of Doom

Little Badman and the Time-Travelling Teacher of Doom by Humza Arshad and Henry White, illustrated by Aleksei Bitskoff

Cover for Too Small Tola

Too Small Tola by Atinuke, illustrated by Onyinye Iwu

Windrush Child

Windrush Child by Benjamin Zephaniah

Zombierella: Fairy Tales Gone Bad

Zombierella: Fairy Tales Gone Bad by Joseph Coelho, illustrated by Freya Hartas


And The Stars Were Burning Brightly

And The Stars Were Burning Brightly by Danielle Jawando

Cover for Boy, Everywhere

Boy, Everywhere by A. M. Dassu

Cover for Cane Warriors

Cane Warriors by Alex Wheatle

Eight Pieces of Silva

Eight Pieces of Silva by Patrice Lawrence

Hideous Beauty

Hideous Beauty by William Hussey

Run, Rebel

Run, Rebel by Manjeet Mann


Wonderland by Juno Dawson