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Celebrating Black authors and illustrators

The Woke Babies Book Awards will celebrate Black creatives and their incredible work, spotlighting empowering children’s books with positive and uplifting themes, which has a Black author or illustrator at its helm. On a mission to change the narrative and give Black creatives a voice, we have partnered with BookTrust, National Literacy Trust, World Book Day and Milk Honey Bees for our first ever awards, with sponsorship from DK.

There are four categories; Author of the Year, Illustrator of the Year, Picture Book of the Year and Special Recognition Award.

The Special Recognition Award, sponsored by DK will celebrate a self-published author, who will receive a cash prize of £1,000 to support the funding of their next book.

With statistics showing the lack of representation in publishing, we know that Black authors and illustrators often feel shut out by the publishing industry, left paying out of their own pocket to produce their work. The Special Recognition Award will spotlight a self published author whose work deserves to be at the forefront.

World Book Day will provide the opportunity to the winner of Picture Book of the Year to feature in their Share a Story Corner.

Main contact: [email protected]

Public, cast your vote!

What book stood out to you in reading time last year? Please click the button below to submit your nominees for Picture Book of the Year & Special Recognition Award, celebrating a self-published author!

Special Recognition Award Submission Sponsored by DK

Self-published authors, have you written or illustrated a brilliant black children's book? Please submit your nominees for the Special Recognition Award by clicking the button below for a chance to win our £1000 cash prize!

Publisher Submission

Publishers, click the button below to submit your nominees for Picture Book of the Year, Author of the Year and Illustrator of the Year, for our consideration.

Jasmine Richards

Author and Director at Storymix

Rykesha Hudson

Coordinator, BookTrust

Ken Wilson-Max

Publisher, Alanna Max and HarperCollins

Natasha Vignon

Children’s Book Researcher, Woke Babies

Sallyanne Sweeney

Literary Agent, Mulcahy Sweeney Associates

Kirsty Cunnington

Early Years Programme Manager, National Literacy Trust

Trish Cooke


Francesca Young

Publisher, DK Children’s

Elorine Grant

Art Director, HarperCollins

Marvyn Harrison

Founder, Dope Black Dads

Liz Pemberton

Director, The Black Nursery Manager

Kate Sayer

Education Manager, World Book Day

Rykesha Hudson of BookTrust

“I am honoured and so very excited to judge the inaugural Woke Babies Book Awards. Ensuring that all children see themselves and the wider community reflected in new books that they read is an important focus for BookTrust. As part of this focus, BookTrust Represents was launched in 2019, to improve representation in children’s literature and get children reading books by illustrators and authors of colour. Woke Babies also strives for better representation in children’s books and we’re so pleased to partner with them on their first award.”

Marvyn Harrison Founder of Dope Black Dads

“I am excited to be a part of this award show. Books are so important and we need to continually inspire authors and the next generation with incredible stories and ideas.”