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Thank you to everyone that entered!  We were overwhelmed with the response. Here are the top 10 diverse UK books in Children's, YA and Adult fiction. The shortlist will be announced September 20th 2021. Please do support all of these amazing books. Don't forget to use the hashtag #TheDBAwards


A Secret of Birds & Bone by Kiran Millwood Hargrave (Chicken House)

Baller Boys by Venessa Taylor, illustrated by Kenneth Ghann (Hashtag Press)

Clean Up by Nathan Bryon, illustrated by Dapo Adeola (Penguin Random House Children’s)

Do You Know Me? by Rebecca Westcott, Libby Scott (Scholastic Children’s Books)

Dragon Mountain by Katie & Kevin Tsang (Simon & Schuster Children’s Books)

Little Badman and the Time-Travelling Teacher of Doom by Humza Arshad and Henry White, illustrated by Aleksei Bitskoff (Penguin Random House Children’s)

Nothing Ever Happens Here by Sarah Hagger-Holt (Usborne)

Too Small Tola by Atinuke, illustrated by Onyinye Iwu (Walker Books)

Windrush Child by Benjamin Zephaniah (Scholastic Children’s Books)

Zombierella: Fairy Tales Gone Bad by Joseph Coelho, illustrated by Freya Hartas (Walker Books)

Young Adult

And The Stars Were Burning Brightly by Danielle Jawando (Simon & Schuster Children’s Books)

Boy, Everywhere by A. M. Dassu (Old Barn Books Ltd)

Cane Warriors by Alex Wheatle (Andersen Press)

Crown of Crowns by Clara Loveman (Clara Loveman)

Eight Pieces of Silva by Patrice Lawrence (Hodder Children’s Books)

Hideous Beauty by William Hussey (Usborne)

Hijab and Red Lipstick by Yousra Imran (Hashtag Press)

Love Frankie by Jacqueline Wilson (Penguin Random House Children’s)

Run, Rebel by Manjeet Mann (Penguin Random House Children’s)

Wonderland by Juno Dawson (Quercus Children’s Books)



A More Perfect Union by Tammye Huf (Myriad Editions)

Broadwater by Jac Shreeves-Lee (Fairlight Books)

If I Don't Have You by Sareeta Domingo (Jacaranda)

Love After Love by Ingrid Persaud (Faber)

The Cat and the City by Nick Bradley (Atlantic Books)

The Family Tree by Sairish Hussain (HQ)

The First Woman by Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi (Oneworld)

The Street Hawker's Apprentice by Kabir Kareem-Bello (Jacaranda)

Truth Be Told by Kia Abdullah (HQ)

Ugly Dogs Don’t Cry by DD Armstrong (Jacaranda)

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