The Little Rebels 2020 Shortlist

On behalf of the Alliance of Radical Booksellers, we are thrilled to reveal the seven books shortlisted for the 2020 Little Rebels Award.

The Little Rebels Award celebrates children’s fiction which challenges stereotypes, promotes social justice and advocates for a more peaceful and fairer world. The titles on this year’s shortlist explore community empowerment, wastefulness and sustainability, consumerism, racism and untaught histories, domestic violence and the asylum and immigration system, the varied expressions of love, and why isolation isn’t always the best thing for little islands.

Congratulations to all of the shortlisted authors and illustrators!

The Little Rebels 2020 shortlist in full:


SOFIA VALDEZ, FUTURE PREZ by Andrea Beaty, illustrated by David Roberts (Abrams & Chronicle)

SNEAKY BEAK  by Tracey Corderoy, illustrated by Tony Neal (Little Tiger)

THE BOY WHO LOVED EVERYONE by Jane Porter, illustrated by Maisie Paradise Shearring (Walker)

THE LITTLE ISLAND by Smriti Prasadam-Halls, illustrated by Robert Starling

KING LEONARD’S TEDDY by Phoebe Swan (Child’s Play)

NOW OR NEVER – A DUNKIRK STORY by Bali Rai (Scholastic)

THE CLOSEST THING TO FLYING by Gill Lewis (OUP)


You can order all of the Little Rebels 2020 shortlisted titles as a book pack from Letterbox Library, or individually from Housmans Bookshop.