Nominations are open for the 2020 Little Rebels Award!


Nominations for the 2020 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 2020 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 prize went to Catherine Johnson for her novel Freedom (Scholastic, 2018).

Joining the guest judges this year is Jim MacSweeney, manager of the historic LGBT bookshop Gay’s The Word, who said:  “Little Rebels Award is an important prize and it’s a privilege to be asked onto the judging panel.  Having worked in bookselling for over 30 years it’s been inspiring to see an increasing range of books which celebrate social justice.  We live in difficult times and it’s important that young people have access to books which can stimulate them, give them hope and see the possibility of change.”

Returning as guest judges are Darren Chetty, Emily Drabble, Shaun Dellenty and Patrice Lawrence. Learn more about our guest judges here.

Publishers are invited to submit relevant books first published in 2019. The closing date for nominations is January 30th 2020. The shortlist will be announced in April 2020 with the wining announcement in early July.

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


Previous Little Rebels winners:

Catherine Johnson, Freedom (Scholastic, 2018)

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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