Inclusive Books For Children Awards 2024: Longlist Announced

By Anoop Bhuller

6 months ago

After 200 submissions, the longlist for the Inclusive Books for Children Awards (IBC) 2024 has been announced for two categories.

Nineteen titles that have been longlisted

Nineteen titles longlisted for the Inclusive Books for Children Awards

The ten titles in the Picture Book category (ages 3-7) are:

  •       Dadaji’s Paintbrush by Rashmi Sirdeshpande, illustrated by Ruchi Mhasane (Andersen Press)
  •       Faruq and the Wiri Wiri by Sophia Payne, illustrated by Sandhya Prabhat (Templar Publishing)
  •       Lost in the City, by Alice Courtley, illustrated by Alice Courtley (Orchard Books)
  •       My Brother is an Avocado by Tracy Darnton, illustrated by Yasmeen Ismail (Simon & Schuster Children’s UK)
  •       Speak Up! by Nathan Bryon, illustrated by Dapo Adeola (Puffin, Penguin Random House Children’s)
  •       Stop! That’s Not My Story! by Smriti Halls, illustrated by Erika Meza (Simon & Schuster Children’s UK)
  •       To The Other Side written and illustrated by Erika Meza (Hachette Children’s Group)
  •       The Missing Piece by Jordan Stephens, illustrated by Beth Suzannah (Bloomsbury Publishing) 
  •       The Pet Potato, by Josh Lacey, illustrated by Momoko Abe (Andersen Press)
  •       You’re So Amazing by James and Lucy Catchpole, illustrated by Karen George (Faber & Faber)

The nine titles in the Children’s Fiction category (ages 5-9) are:

  •       Budgie by Joseph Coelho, illustrated by David Barrow (Barrington Stoke)
  •       Lizzie and Lucky: The Mystery of the Lost Chicken by Megan Rix, illustrated by Tim Budgen (Puffin, Penguin Random House Children’s)
  •       Marv and the Killer Plants by Alex Falase-Koya, illustrated by Paula Bowles (Oxford Children’s Books)
  •       Meet the Maliks Twin Detectives: The Cookie Culprit by Zanib Mian, illustrated by Kyan Cheng (Hodder Children’s Books)
  •       Nikhil and Jay: Off to India by Chitra Soundar, illustrated by Soofiya (Otter-Barry Books)
  •       Princess Minna: The Best Princess by Kirsty Applebaum, illustrated by Sahar Haghgoo (Nosy Crow)
  •       Sona Sharma Wish Me Luck by Chitra Soundar, illustrated by Jen Khatun (Walker Books)
  •       Secret Beast Club: The Dragons of Emerald Yard by Robin Birch, illustrated by Jobe Anderson (Puffin, Penguin Random House Children’s)
  •       Too Small Tola Makes It Count by Atinuke, illustrated by Onyinye Iwu (Walker Books)

The Babies and Toddlers category will be made into a shortlist. 

Sarah Satha, co-founder of Inclusive Books for Children, said: ‘The longlisted books beautifully distil a broad vision of life and culture not just in the UK but around the world.’

The shortlist will be announced in January 2024 and the winners in March 2024.