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The Diverse Book Awards 2024

Celebrating 5 years!

Created by bestselling, award-winning author Abiola Bello and award-winning publicist Helen Lewis. We want to highlight the best of the diverse voices published in the UK & Ireland both traditionally and self-published. We believe there's a need to showcase the talent of marginalised voices, so we came up with The Diverse Book Awards to open a space where the spotlight is on them. 

Free posters to display fantastic diverse books! Have a look!

Schools, libraries and hospitals can request free books. Currently closed.

If you would like to donate postage to help us get free books out in need please click here


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Five years of The Diverse Book Awards


Kia Abdullah

Marie-Claire Amuah

Natasha Bowen

Sue Cheung

Benjamin Dean

Tammye Huf

Danielle Jawando

Ayisha Malik

Manjeet Mann

Onjali Q. Rauf

Rashmi Sirdeshpande and Ruchi Mhasane

J.T. Williams and Simone Douglas

Benjamin Zephaniah 

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Our 2023 Winners

Best Picture Book

Dadaji's Paintbrush by Rashmi Sirdeshpande, illustrated by Ruchi Mhasane (Andersen Press)

Best Children's Book

The Lizzie and Belle Mysteries: Drama and Danger by J.T. Williams, illustrated by Simone Douglas


Best Young Adult Book

When Our Worlds Collided by Danielle Jawando

(Simon & Schuster)

Best Adult Book 

One for Sorrow, Two for Joy by Marie-Claire Amuah




The Diverse Book Awards Adult Sponsor


The Diverse Book Awards  YA Sponsor

Book Clubs in Schools 


The Diverse Book Awards  Children's Sponsor

The Madeleine Milburn Agency


The Diverse Book Awards Supporting Sponsors

Renaissance Learning - Children's

Write Up - YA

Heath Books 


Readers' Choice Award - Children's

Sparx Reader

The Malorie Blackman Impact Award

Literally PR

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