Welcome to the ages 7-9 award category area. We'll be adding to this page as the awards progress so please check back regularly.
We are pleased to announce our 2020-21 shortlisting panel members. Click the link below to find out a little bit more about who's involved this year.
We had an amazing response from authors and publishers in our inaugural year and were still receiving book submissions right up to the deadline.
Congratulations to all the books, authors, illustrators and publishers who made our longlist this year:
Anisha the Accidental Detective: School's Cancelled by Serena Patel & Emma McCann, Usbourne Publishing
Armadillo and Hare and the Very Noisy Bear by Jeremy Strong & Rebecca Bagley, David Fickling Books
Attack of the Heebie Jeebies – Dream Team by Tom Percival, Pan Macmillan
Flyntlock Bones: The Sceptre of the Pharaohs by Derek Keilty & Mark Elvins, Scallywag Press
Granny Magic by Elka Evalds, Chicken House
Knight Sir Louis and the Dreadful Damsel by The Brothers McLeod, Guppy Publishing
Llama Out Loud! by Annabelle Sami & Allen Fatimaharan, Egmont
The Long Lost Secret Diary of the World's Worst Samurai by Tim Collins & Isobel Lundie, Salariya Book Company
Planet Omar: Incredible Rescue Mission by Zanib Mian & Nasaya Mafaridik, Hodder Children’s Books
Too Small Tola by Atinuke & Onyinye Iwu, Walker Books
Wigglesbottom Primary: Break-Time Bunnies by Pamela Butchard & Beck Moor, Nosy Crow
Willow Wildthing and the Swamp Monster by Gill Lewis & Rebecca Bagley, Oxford University Press
Unfortunately we couldn't take all of the submissions forward. Here's a list of all of those that didn't quite make our longlist this year:
The Baby Red Squirrel Rescue by Michelle Sloan & Hannah George, Floris Books
Do Not Disturb the Dragons by Michelle Robinson & Sharon Davey, Bloomsbury Children's Books
Fergus the Furball by Emily Snape, Ransom Publishing
The Griffin Gate by Vashti Hardy & Natalie Smillie, Barrington Stoke
Kerry's Party Sunday by Linda Dobinson & Danielle Frongia, KAmedia
Little Deer and the Dragon by J. S. Betts & Georgie Fearns, Imagine That Publishing
Marshmallow Pie; the Cat Superstar by Clara Vulliamy, HarperCollis Publishers
Mason Mooney: Paranormal Investigator by Seaerra Miller, Flying Eye Books
Mina Mystery Investigates: The Case of the Disgusting School Dinners by Angie Lake, Sweet Cherry Publishing
Mustafa's Jumper by Coral Rumble & Charlotte Cooke, Wacky Bee Books
My Friend the Alien by Zanib Mian & Sernur Isik, Bloomsbury Education
Professor von Schmell and his Fart Powered Bike by Leon Howlett & James Gibson, Stour Valley Publishing
Squishy McFluff – The Invisible Cat by Pip Jones & Ella Okstad, Faber & Faber
The Vigilante Tooth Fairy by B. B. Taylor & James Shaw, Matthew James Publishing
Wulfie: Stage Fright by Lindsay J. Sedgwick & Josephine Wolff, Little Island
You're a Star, Lolo by Niki Daly, Otter-Barry Books
These awards are led by an independent group of people working in education in Kingston & Richmond Schools. Spark! is working closely with AfC and is supported by the Education Leads of the two councils.
WE ARE GRATEFUL FOR THE SUPPORT OF THE REGENCY BOOKSHOP IN SURBITON AND for CLARE SPENcER DESIGN, WHO PROVIDED our Spark! logo.
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