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Thank you to everyone that entered!  We had amazing titles to choose from. Thank you to our longlist judges for helping us to create the longlist. These are the top 12 diverse UK books in Picture Books, Children's, YA and Adult fiction. The shortlist will be announced in September.


Don't forget to vote for your favourite book via the Readers' Choice! You can vote for one book per category and the books with the most votes will be announced at our awards ceremony in October.  Please do support all of these amazing books. Don't forget to use the hashtag #TheDBAwards

Picture Book


Bookworms by Nyanda Foday, illustrated by Joelle Avelino (Andersen Press)

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

I am NOT a Prince by Rachael Davis, illustrated by Beatrix Hatcher (Orchard Books)

John Agard's Windrush Child by John Agard, illustrated by Sophie Bass (Walker Books)

Me & My Dysphoria Monster by Laura Kate Dale, illustrator Ang Hui Qing (Jessica Kingsley Publishers)

Nour's Secret Library by Wafa Tarnowska, illustrated by Vali Mintzi (Barefoot Books)

Our Story Starts in Africa by Patrice Lawrence, illustrated by Jeanetta Gonzales (Magic Cat)

Our Tower by Joseph Coelho, illustrated by Richard Johnson (Frances Lincoln Children's Books)

Saving The Butterfly by Helen Cooper, illustrated by Gill Smith (Walker Books)

Small's Big Dream by Manjeet Mann, illustrated by Amanda Quartey (HarperCollins Children's Books)

The Missing Piece by Jordan Stephens, illustrated by Beth Suzanna (Bloomsbury Children's Books)

You Need To Chill by Juno Dawson, illustrated by Laura Hughes (Farshore)




A Flash of Fireflies by Aisha Bushby (Farshore)

Ajay and The Mumbai Sun by Varsha Shah (Chicken House)

Future Hero: Race To Fire Mountain by Remi Blackwood (Scholastic) 

Keep Dancing, Lizzie Chu by Maisie Chan (Piccadilly Press)

Kiki Kallira Conquers A Curse by Sangu Mandanna (Hodder Children's Books)

Marv and The Dino Attacks by Alex Falase-Koya, illustrated by Paula Bowles (Oxford University Press)

Mia and the Lightcasters by Janelle McCurdy, illustrated by Ana Latese (Faber Children's)

Sadé and her Shadow Beasts by Rachel Faturoti, illustrated by Rumbidzai Savanhu (Hodder Children's Books)

The Elemental Detectives by Patrice Lawrence (Scholastic)

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

The Secret of Haven Point by Lisette Auton, illustrated by Valentina Toro (Puffin)

The Twig Man by Sana Rasoul (Hashtag Press)



Bad Things Happen Here by Rebecca Barrow (Hot Key Books)

Blood to Poison by Mary Watson (Bloomsbury)

Cuts Both Ways by Candice Brathwaite (Quercus Children's Books)

Gay Club! by Simon James Green (Scholastic)

If You Still Recognise Me by Cynthia So (Little Tiger)

Love In Winter Wonderland by Abiola Bello (Simon & Schuster)

The Haunting of Tyrese Walker by J.P. Rose (Anderson Press)

The King Is Dead by Benjamin Dean (Simon & Schuster)

The Society for Soulless Girls by Laura Steven (Electric Monkey)

Toxic by Natasha Devon (UCLan Publishing)

When Our Worlds Collided by Danielle Jawando (Simon & Schuster)

Why Is Nobody Laughing by Yasmin Rahman (Hot Key Books)





Here Again Now by Okechukwu Nzelu (Dialogue Books)

Losing The Plot by Derek Owusu (Canongate Books)

Love Marriage by Monica Ali (Virago)

News At Noon by Anietie Isong (Jacaranda)

One for Sorrow, Two for Joy by Marie-Claire Amuah (Oneworld)

Still Lives by Reshma Ruia (Renard Press)

Someday, Maybe by Onyi Nwabineli (Magpie)

The Attic Child by Lola Jaye (Pan Macmillan)

These Impossible Things by Salma El-Wardany (Trapeze)

Wahala by Nikki May (Doubleday)

Who's Loving You: Love Stories by Women of Colour, edited by Sareeta Domingo (Trapeze)

Yinka, Where Is Your Huzband by Lizzie Damilola Blackburn (Viking)

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