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Press Release: Book Clubs In Schools Pledges Support To The Diverse Book Awards

Book Clubs In Schools Pledges Support To The Diverse Book Awards As Headline Sponsor Of Young Adult Fiction Prize


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Press Release, London, United Kingdom, 17thMay 2021:Book Clubs In Schools(BCiS), a charity that delivers interactive, inclusive and lively book clubs,is the official headline sponsor of The Diverse Book Award's 2021 Young Adult Fiction Prize. The charity creates a pathway for young people to discover the wider world through reading for pleasure and discussion.


With nominations closing at the end of this month (May 31st),The Diverse Book Awards, created byThe Author School, highlights the best of diverse and inclusive voices published in the UK during 2020: traditionally- and self-published. Authors and publishers can submit any children's, YA or adult fiction book published last year that features Black, Asian, Latin American and/or inclusive protagonists. The awards are for UK-based authors only.


Ali Palmer and Beth Ginsburg, directors of BCiS said:"We think that The Diverse Book Awards is a brilliant initiative; children need to see themselves reflected in the literature they read, and sponsoring these awards demonstrates our commitment to this."


In a BCiS book club, Book Clubbers read the same book and discuss it in small weekly book clubs held during school time. These clubs are facilitated by Book Club Leaders, who are older pupils. BCiS gives young people the opportunity to read for pleasure and develop character, communication and social skills. Award-winning children's author Alex Wheatle is the BCiS patron.


Among other incredible prizes*, the winner of The Diverse Book Awards YA Fiction Prize 2021 will have the amazing opportunity to be part of The National Teen Book Club, a UK-wide virtual book club for teenagers launched by educational equality charity Speakers for Schools and Book Clubs in Schools.


Notes to Editors


The three winners from each category will receive a bundle of prizes including a trophy, a six-month PR and marketing membership of Literally PR's ‘100 Club', a feature and virtual event with Back To Books, editorial content in Bad Form and Pen&Inc, the opportunity to be part of two author panel events; one hosted by The Author School and the other with Simon & Schuster.

The Children's winner will have their book featured as part of World Book Day Book Club and a school visit organised by World of Diversity.

The YA winner will be part of Wigtown YA Literary Festival and a school visit organised by World of Diversity. The YA winner will also be part of the National Teen Book Club.

The Children's and YA winner will be featured on Tiny Revolution's website and included in their catalogue of books.


The longlist will be announced by the end of July 2021, the shortlist by the end of September 2021 and the winners by the end of October 2021.

Media enquiries

Co-Founders of The Author School and The Diverse Book Awards, Abiola Bello and Helen Lewis, are available for media interview.

Co-Founders of Book Clubs in Schools, Alison Palmer and Beth Ginsburg are also available for media interview.


Full list of sponsors of The Diverse Book Awards

Literally PR

Bad Form

Simon & Schuster

Back To Books

World Book Day UK


Wigtown YA

World of Diversity

Tiny Revolution