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Jhalak Children’s & YA Prize 2022

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. This year the winners will receive £1,000 each and a uniqure work of art created for Jhalak Children's & YA Prize by an illustrator of colour.

The longlist for Jhalak Children's & YA Prize of up to twelve books will be announced on the 15th March 2022 and the shortlist will be announced on the 19th April 2022. The winners will be announced on the 26th May 2022. 

This year the prize will be judged by Sufiya Ahmed, Nii Ayikwei Parkes and Patrice Lawrence. 

Sufiya Ahmed is an award-winning children’s and YA author and founder and director of the BIBI Foundation, a non-profit organisation which arranges visits to the Houses of Parliament for diverse and underprivileged children. Her latest book, Princess Sophia Duleep Singh, tells the story of the princess turned suffragette who campaigned for women's right to vote in Britain. 

Nii Ayikwei Parkes is a Ghanaian-British producer and editor as well as a children's author, poet, broadcaster and novelist. He was the founding director of the Aidoo Centre for Creative Writing in Accra and is the founder of flipped eye publishing, a leading small press. His latest book of poems, The Geez is a Poetry Book Society Recommendation, was longlisted for the Rathbones Folio Prize, and shortlisted for the Walcott Prize. 

Patrice Lawrence is an award-winning writer who grew up in an Italian-Trinidadian family in Sussex. She won the inaugural Jhalak Prize for Children and Young People's for Eight Pieces of Silva in 2017. Lawrence was awarded an MBE in the Queen's Honours list. Her most recent YA book, Splinters of Sunshine, was published in August 2021.

Jhalak Children’s & YA Short List 2022

The short list for the Jhalak Children's and YA Prize 2022 has finally been announced! There's a great selection of some really fantastic books for a range of age groups.The winner will be announced on the 26th of May.

You can find all of these books on our online shop here


Carnegie Greenaway Awards 2022

The UK’s longest running and best-loved book awards for children and young people, the Yoto Carnegie Greenaway Awards, today announced the longlists for 2022. 33 books have been selected in total – 18 for the Yoto Carnegie Medal and 15 for the Yoto Kate Greenaway Medal – with themes of community and connection, shared humanity and friendship all explored in the titles.

The 2022 Yoto Carnegie Medal longlist is (alphabetical by author surname):

  • October, October by Katya Balen, illustrated by Angela Harding (Bloomsbury)

  • Musical Truth by Jeffrey Boakye, illustrated by Ngadi Smart (Faber)

  • We Were Wolves by Jason Cockcroft (Andersen Press)

  • Guard Your Heart by Sue Divin (Macmillan Children’s Books)

  • When the Sky Falls by Phil Earle (Andersen Press)

  • When Life Gives You Mangoes by Kereen Getten (Pushkin Children’s Books)

  • The Climbers by Keith Gray (Barrington Stoke)

  • Everyone Dies Famous in a Small Town by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock (Faber)

  • The Wolf Road by Richard Lambert (Everything With Words)

  • Rat by Patrice Lawrence (Oxford University Press)

  • The Crossing by Manjeet Mann (Penguin Children’s Books)

  • Grow by Luke Palmer (Firefly Press)

  • The Valley of Lost Secrets by Lesley Parr (Bloomsbury)

  • Tsunami Girl by Julian Sedgwick, illustrated by Chie Kutsuwada (Guppy Books)

  • Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas (Walker Books)

  • Cane Warriors by Alex Wheatle (Andersen Press)

  • In the Wild Light by Jeff Zentner (Andersen Press)

  • Punching the Air by Ibi Zoboi and Yusef Salaam (HarperCollins Children’s Books)


You can find all of these books on our online shop here


Moon Lane named Book Retailer and Children's Bookseller of the Year at the British Book Awards 2021

May 2021

Founder Tamara Macfarlane:

“For a business that was started in 2003 with a small overdraft we have come a long way. We adapted and pivoted the business and refused to let COVID-19 distract us from our mission. The pandemic has highlighted the importance of supporting children and families reading together. Literacy is vital for the UK’s economic growth. So, pandemic or no pandemic we knew we had to keep on going… We have developed a strong brand which inspires and is trusted, and now we want to continue to grow our revenues with the franchise. If people are interested, I encourage them to reach out and join our mission… The awards are recognition for everyone who has been involved in the business over the last eighteen years; authors, illustrators, publishers, my family, the Moon Lane team, customers, teachers, and most importantly, all the children who have started their reading adventures with us.”


Moon Lane Co-owner Paul Chin:

“Having come to England from Jamaica as a young child, I grew up very aware of being unable to see myself in any of the books that we had at my schools or in the library. The literature of any given culture shapes the narratives and opinions of the people within it. To not see a broad range of cultures and experiences reflected in a positive way within the UK's dominant cultural conversation has allowed stereotypes to thrive, limiting both empathy and social mobility. Joining forces with Tamara and her ongoing work to raise equality in children's books has helped to expand the impact of the work that Moon Lane does, and has given me, personally, an opportunity to play a role in changing this conversation. Winning the highest retail award within the Book Retail industry is a mark of validation, both for the power of innovation within small independent businesses, but also vital recognition of the role that Moon Lane is playing in actively creating clear routes to market for books written and illustrated by people from communities currently under-represented in children's books.”

Moon Lane are hugely grateful to the Bookseller, the judges, and the sponsors Macmillan and Simon and Schuster, for helping to support our work and for books written and illustrated by authors and illustrators from under-represented groups.

Tales on Moon Lane would like to take this opportunity to say a HUGE thank you our local community and everyone who has continued to support us over the last year and beyond.


Winners at The British Book Awards 2021

May 2021

Big congratulations to the winners of the Books and Illustrator of the Year 2021. Click on the pictures to see more about these wonderful choices.

Book of the Year - Children's Fiction:

The Highland Falcon Thief - M G Leonard & Sam Sedgman; Elisa Paganelli (illus)

Book of the Year - Children's Illustrated & Non-Fiction:

Black and British: A short, essential history - David Olusoga

Illustrator of the Year: 

Charlie Mackesy

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Children's Book Project Book Donations

April 2021

We would like to thank you all for your generosity over 2020 for donating books to the book drive for Children's Book Project.

We are not currently taking any more donations at this time, but will be doing so in future!

Please subscribe to our newsletter for further information on when we are starting to accept books again.

We please ask that the books be suitable for children and in a good condition. They do not accept textbooks or revision books, religious texts, encyclopedias, DVDs or CDs, torn, scribbled or dirty books.