Ages 7-9: Fiction

Shortlist

The Accidental Diary of B.U.G. cover

The Accidental Diary of B.U.G. by Jen Carney

A Dinosaur Ate My Sister cover

A Dinosaur Ate My Sister by Pooja Puri and Allen Fatimaharan

Grimwood cover

Grimwood by Nadia Shireen

The Last Bear cover

The Last Bear by Hannah Gold and Levi Pinfold

12 Books of Christmas longlist

A Dinosaur Ate My Sister cover

Day 1: A Dinosaur Ate My Sister by Pooja Puri and Allen Fatimaharan

The Long-Lost Secret Diary of the World's Worst Engineers cover

Day 2: The Long-Lost Secret Diary of the World's Worst Engineers by Tim Collins and Isobel Lundie

Will Jakeman's Marvellous Mechanimals cover

Day 3: Will Jakeman's Marvellous Mechanimals by Nick Ward

Freddy vs School cover

Day 4: Freddy vs School by Neill Cameron

Horror Heights - The Slime cover

Day 5: Horror Heights - The Slime by Bec Hill

The Great Food Bank Heist cover

Day 6: The Great (Food) Bank Heist by Onjali Q Rauf and Elisa Paganelli

Anisha, Accidental Detective - Granny Trouble cover

Day 7: Anisha, Accidental Detective - Granny Trouble by Serena Patel and Emma McCann

Sona Sharma - Looking After Planet Earth cover

Day 8: Sona Sharma - Looking After Planet Earth by Chitra Soundar and Jen Khatun

Grimwood cover

Day 9: Grimwood by Nadia Shireen

The Accidental Diary of B.U.G. cover

Day 10: The Accidental Diary of B.U.G. by Jen Carney

The House at the Edge of Magic cover

Day 11: The House at the Edge of Magic by Amy Sparkes

The Last Bear cover

Day 12: The Last Bear by Hannah Gold and Levi Pinfold

Panel members

Scott Griffin

Scott Griffin, Barnes Primary School (panel chair)

Scott has taught at Barnes Primary School since 2007. At the moment, he leads Lower KS2 and has recently been appointed to the role of English Lead. Having worked there for quite a while, Scott regularly see the effect a well-chosen text can have on young minds. Children's literature inspires creativity, develops emotional intelligence and helps children to understand the world they live in. He is so excited to be part of this award and can't wait to immerse himself in lots more high quality children's literature.

Gavin McQueen

Gavin McQueen, Richmond Library Service

Gavin is a Librarian on the Children and Communities Team in Richmond upon Thames Libraries, where he is responsible for buying the stock for children and teenagers. He has been a Children’s Librarian for over twenty years and was a Primary Teacher for 12 years prior to that. He is really looking forward to hearing more about what children really want when they are looking for a good book.

Iain Davis

Iain Davis, Castle Hill Primary School

Iain is a deputy headteacher who has worked in London schools for 12 years. He loves reading aloud to classes with ‘Varjak Paw’ and ‘The Last Wild’ being two favourites.

Mary Villar

Mary Villar, Grand Avenue Primary and Nursery School

Mary is a Year 3 teacher at Grand Avenue Primary School in Surbiton. She thoroughly enjoyed engaging with the Spark! Book Awards last year - the children at her school loved being able to read diverse texts and enjoyed interacting with some of the authors of the shortlisted texts. ​She is happy to be taking a more active role this year as part of the 7-9 Fiction panel!

Rachael Macklearn

Rachael Macklearn, Bishop Perrin Church of England Primary School

Rachael is the Deputy Headteacher at Bishop Perrin CoE Primary School in Whitton. She has always loved to read and discover new books, so she is delighted to be involved in this exciting project that opens up a world of new books to children who also love reading, while perhaps discovering and encouraging some new avid readers along the way.

Last year's winner and runners up

You can find the four books we shortlisted last year below. For all other categories try our past winners page.

Llama Out Loud

2020-21: Winner

Too Small Tola

2020-21: Runner up

Willow Wildthing and the Swamp Monster

2020-21: Runner up

The Long-Lost Secret Diary of the World's Worst Samurai

2020-21: Runner up