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Thank you to everyone that entered!  The judges had a difficult time deciding and it was so close! All the books are so fantastic. Here are the top 7 diverse UK books in Children's, YA and Adult fiction. The winner will be announced on an online awards ceremony 7pm October 21st 2021. Subscribe to our YouTube. Please do support all of these amazing books. Don't forget to use the hashtag #TheDBAwards


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)

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

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 Adults

And The Stars Were Burning Brightly by Danielle Jawando (Simon & Schuster)

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

Cane Warriors by Alex Wheatle (Andersen Press)

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

Hideous Beauty by William Hussey (Usborne)

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

Wonderland by Juno Dawson (Quercus Children’s Books (Hachette)


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 Family Tree by Sairish Hussain (HQ)

The First Woman by Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi (Oneworld)

Truth Be Told by Kia Abdullah (HQ)

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