Books Are My Bag Readers Award 2019

Books Are My Bag Readers Award Logo. An Orange circle with a small segment chopped out for the Books Are My Bag LogoWe’re delighted to announce that the 2019 Books Are My Bag Readers Award Shortlists have been announced!

Please have a look here to see the shortlists and VOTE for your favourite books!


There are several categories, but we’re listing the children’s shortlists here:

Children’s Fiction Award Shortlist

Julian is a Mermaid by Jessica Love – A glimpse of costumed mermaids leaves one boy flooded with wonder and ready to dazzle the world. The debut picture book from Jessica Love.

Malamander by Thomas Taylor – Nobody visits Eerie-on-Sea in the winter. Especially not when darkness falls on the wreck of a battleship, where some swear they have seen the unctuous malamander creep…

No Ballet Shoes in Syria by Catherine Bruton – Aya has arrived in Britain, seeking asylum from war in Syria. When she stumbles across a ballet class, the teacher believes that Aya could earn a prestigious scholarship.

Pages and Co.: Tilly and the Bookwanderers by Anna James – Since her mother’s disappearance, Tilly has found comfort at her grandparents’ bookshop. When book characters start to appear, Tilly’s adventures become very real.

Rumblestar by Abi Elphinstone – Casper hates risks so, it comes as a nasty shock when he accidentally stumbles into Rumblestar, an Unmapped Kingdom full of magical beasts.

The Good Thieves by Katherine Rundell – Vita’s grandfather has been cheated out of his home by a notorious conman. Desperate to make him happy, Vita devises a plan to outwit his enemies.


Young Adult Award Shortlist

Becoming Dinah by Kit de Waal – Kit de Waal responds to classic Moby-Dick by tearing the power away from obsessive Captain Ahab and giving it to a teenage girl.

Heartstopper Volume One by Alice Oseman – Boy meets boy. Boys become friends. Boys fall in love. An LGBTQ+ graphic novel about life, love, and everything that happens in between.

“I Will Not Be Erased”: Our stories about growing up as people of colour by gal-dem – Fourteen essays inspired by raw material from their teenage years from gal-dem, the magazine created by young women and non-binary people of colour.

On the Come Up by Angie Thomas – The second novel from another previous Readers Awards-winner, this is a story about hip hop, freedom of speech and fighting for your dreams, even as the odds are stacked against you.

Proud by Various Authors (foreword by Juno Dawson) – An anthology of stories and poetry by top LGBTQ+ YA authors and new talent, giving their unique responses to the broad theme of pride.

Toffee by Sarah Crossan – When Allison runs away, she doesn’t expect to be taken in by an elderly woman with dementia, who mistakes her for an old friend.


If you’d like to order any of the Shortlisted books, please complete this form to order and an invoice will be sent. Once payment is received, books will be despatched the next day (postage is free to UK addresses)

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