2021 Shortlist

On behalf of the Alliance of Radical Booksellers, we are thrilled to reveal the nine books shortlisted for the 2021 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 environmental activism, neurodiversity, the legacy of the Scottish witch trials, the pressure of social conformity, the ethics of AI, tech politics and data privacy, fake news, feminism, labelling and expectation, fleeing warfare and seeking asylum, homelessness, body positivity, and more.

Congratulations to all of the shortlisted authors and illustrators!

The Little Rebels 2021 shortlist in full:


Agent Asha: Mission Shark Bytes by Sophie Deen, illustrated by Anjan Sarkar (Walker Books)

Boy, Everywhere by AM Dassu (Old Barn Books)

Brand New Boy by David Almond, illustrated by Marta Altes (Walker Books)

Fearless Fairy Tales by Konnie Huq & James Kay, illustrated by Rikin Parekh (Bonnier)

The Goody by Lauren Child (Orchard Books)

Hope Jones Saves the World by Josh Lacey, illustrated by Beatriz Castro (Andersen Press)

It Isn’t Rude to be Nude by Rosie Haine (Tate Publishing)

A Kind of Spark by Elle McNicoll (Knights Of)

The Soup Movement by Ben Davis (OUP)


Order the book pack from Letterbox Library or individual titles from Housmans Bookshop.