Partners and Patrons

We wouldn't have been able to get this far alone - we're hugely grateful to a number of different individuals and organisations who have helped and supported us along the way, not to mention the schools, teachers, pupils and families who have got involved. 

Our Patrons

Natasha Farrant (Credit: Red Photography)

Natasha Farrant

Natasha won the inaugural Spark! Book Award in our oldest age category for her brilliant book 'Voyage of the Sparrowhawk'. She became our first ever patron shortly afterwards, in August 2021. 

"I am so proud to be Spark! Book Awards' first Patron. What an exciting prize this is - fun but professional, with an impressive reach and enthusiastic engagement from teacher and pupils alike. I hope that it will grow and grow, and continue to put books into the hands of children of all backgrounds, making lifetime readers of them all!"

Learn more about Natasha on her website

Jenny Pearson

Jenny Pearson

Jenny has been shortlisted twice - once in our inaugural year for her book 'The Super Miraculous Journey of Freddie Yates' and again with 'The Underpants of Chaos' two years later. 

She became our second patron in July 2022 and is also credited with the first use of the term 'Sparky Kids'.

Learn more about Jenny on her website.

Sam Copeland

Sam has also been shortlisted for our awards twice, first with 'Uma and the Answer to Absolutely Everything' in 2021-22 and then and again with 'The Underpants of Chaos' the following year.

He became our third patron in August 2023.

Learn more about Sam on his website.

Our Partners


The Open University, Reading for Pleasure

The OU RfP team joined us in 2022, with the shared goal that all children enjoy reading. They've provided a wealth of knowledge and experience and enabled us to expand our reach into more schools and engage more pupils nationally.

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Bookmark Reading


Sharing a similar vision for every child to read, we linked up with Bookmark in 2022. Participation in our awards (including extra books) is included as part of their wider reading support packages for schools. 

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Achieving for Children

Achieving for Children

Achieving for Children provide children's services for Kingston and Richmond. The close links they have with local schools were a key factor in the founding and success of our awards back in 2020.

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Coombe Hill Junior

Coombe Hill Junior School

Coombe Hill Junior School is a wonderful school in Kingston upon Thames and has provided a huge level of support for the awards since the start. We can't thank them enough! 

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Clare Spencer Design

Clare Spencer Design

Clare Spencer is a brilliant graphic designer who produces our logos, Buzz magazines and much, much more. 

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