Submissions are open for the 2019 Little Rebels Award


Nominations for the 2019 Little Rebels Children’s Book Award are now open.

On behalf on the Alliance of Radical Booksellers, we are pleased to announce that we are now inviting submissions for the 2019 Little Rebels Award.

The Little Rebels Award celebrates children’s books for readers age 0-12 which promote social equality and social justice. The prize is administered by booksellers Letterbox Library and Housmans Bookshop.

Last year’s winner was Zanib Mian. Speaking about the success of her winning title, The Muslims, Mian said, “Winning the Little Rebels Award catapulted me to places I never dreamt of getting to.”

Joining the guest judges this year is Shaun Dellenty, former Deputy Head, trainer in LGBT+ inclusive education and author of forthcoming Celebrating Difference: A whole-school approach to LGBT+ inclusion.

Returning as guest judges are Darren Chetty, Emily Drabble, B.J.Epstein and Patrice Lawrence. Learn more about our guest judges here.

Read the full 2019 press release here.


Publishers are invited to submit relevant books first published in 2018. The closing date for nominations is January 30th 2019. The shortlist will be announced in April 2019 with the wining announcement in early July.

Interested in submitting a book? Please read the full submissions guidelines, here.


Previous Little Rebels winners:

Zanib Mian, The Muslims (Sweet Apple Books, 2017)

Andrea Beaty and David Roberts, Ada Twist, Scientist (Abrams and Chronicle, 2016)

Alexis Deacon and Viviane Schwarz, I Am Henry Finch (Walker Books, 2015)

Gill Lewis, Scarlet Ibis (Oxford University Press, 2014)

Gillian Cross, After Tomorrow (Oxford University Press, 2013)

Sarah Garland, Azzi In Between (Frances Lincoln, 2012)



Fen Coles @ Letterbox Library

Letterbox Library

Unit 151 Stratford Workshops
Burford Road
Stratford E15 2SP

Tel: 020 8534 7502

Further Information

About Letterbox Library

Letterbox Library is a 34-year-old, not-for-profit, children’s booksellers and social enterprise. They specialise in children’s books which celebrate diversity, equality & inclusion as well as books which promote social justice.

About Housmans Bookshop

Housmans Bookshop is one of London’s longest surviving and last remaining radical bookshops. Housmans is a founder member of the ARB. They were awarded the London Independent Bookshop of the Year Award in 2016.

About the Alliance of Radical Booksellers (ARB)

The ARB is a supportive community for the UK’s radical booksellers. The ARB also runs the (adult) Bread & Roses Award for Radical Publishing.




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