Jhalak Children’s & YA Prize 2021
The Jhalak Prize, first awarded in March 2017, now has a new sister award, Jhalak Children’s & YA Prize founded in 2020. Both seek to support and celebrate books by British/British resident BAME writers. The Jhalak Prize was started by authors Sunny Singh, Nikesh Shukla and Media Diversified, with support from The Authors’ Club and funds donated by an anonymous benefactor. The prize is £1000 each for the winners, and will be announced 25th May 2021.
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The Shortlist for the Jhalak Children’s & YA Prize 2021 is:
Nii Ayikwei Parkes & Avril Filomeno - The GA Picture Alphabet (Kane Series)
Kereen Getten - When Life Gives You Mangoes (Pushkin Children's Books)
Danielle Jawando - And the Stars Were Burning Brightly (Simon & Schuster)
Catherine Johnson - Queen of Freedom (Pushkin Children's Books)
Patrice Lawrence - Eight Pieces of Silva (Hodder Children's Books)
Margaret Sturton - A Fox Called Herbert (Andersen Press)
The Longlist also included:
Atinuke & Onyinye Iwu - Too Small Tola (Walker Books)
Nizrana Farook - The Girl Who Stole an Elephant (Nosy Crow Ltd)
Emma Hill - Baby Girl (self-published)
Hiba Noor Khan & Laura Chamberlain - The Little War Cat (Macmillan Children's Books)
Bali Rai - Mohinder’s War (Bloomsbury Education)
Alex Wheatle - Cane Warriors (Andersen Press)
2021 judges Candy Gourlay and Kiran Millwood Hargrave have this to say on their choices and the award:
Candy Gourlay: It was humbling to read this treasure chest of entries, a revelation of talent! Our list puts on display the best an author for children can offer, always perfectly pitched to the young reader, whether an illustrated book to read aloud or a young adult with all the burgeoning emotion that involves. I was especially excited by the untold histories now finding their way into books, the unheard voices singing from their pages.
Kiran Millwood Hargrave: Judging any prize is always a mix of joy and tough decisions, and the quality of the entries to the Jhalak CYA Prize this year made it an especially exciting experience. We have settled on a longlist that foregrounds and rewards storytelling in all its forms, from picture books made to be seen and shared aloud, to fantastical, moving middle grade, and YA that grips and confronts. It's an extraordinary longlist, and I can recommend every book on it with my full and whole heart.
Moon Lane named Children’s Bookseller of the Year at the British Book Awards 2020
Tamara Macfarlane, co-owner and founder of Moon Lane:
"The work that has gone into achieving this award has been a complete Moon Lane team effort. There are ten of us behind the scenes that have worked tirelessly, with many, many hours of overtime, because each person on the team is driven by the Moon Lane mission, to raise equality, access, representation and roles in publishing and in children's books. Particular thanks has to go to Paul Chin and Leah Chin, my business partners. None of last year's expansion, increase in reach, and the impact that we are now achieving would have been possible without them, our amazing customers, and the rest of our team working so hard. We are so grateful."
Children's Book Project Book Donations
We would like to thank you all for your generosity over 2020 for donating books to the book drive for Children's Book Project.
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