ALL ABOUT THE AWARD
The Little Rebels Children’s Book Award is a prize for radical fiction aimed at children aged 0-12. The award is given by the Alliance of Radical Booksellers and was established in conjunction with Letterbox Library. This year the award is administered by Housmans Bookshop. You can find out all the latest Little Rebels News by clicking here.
The Alliance of Radical Booksellers (ARB)
Founded in 2010, the Alliance of Radical Booksellers is a supportive community for the UK’s radical booksellers. Among the ARB’s activities are two book prizes: the Little Rebels Children’s Book Award, and the Bread and Roses Award for Radical Publishing.
The ARB also stages the annual London Radical Bookfair, an event which showcases the depth and breadth of radical publishing and bookselling in the UK. The awards ceremony for both book prizes takes place at the bookfair, which in 2017 will be held at Goldsmith’s University.
The Little Rebels Award
Now in its 5th year, the Little Rebels Award is designed to recognise the rich tradition of radical publishing for children in the UK. Currently the award is restricted to fiction targeted at children aged 0-12, but longer term, we hope to extend the award to non-fiction and a broader age range.
‘Radical’ is defined widely to include books informed by inclusive/anti-discriminatory concerns or those which promote social equality or social justice – for a full definition, see the guidelines under Submitting a Book.
Previous winners of the prize include Alexis Deacon and Vivian Schwarz for, Gill Lewis for Scarlet Ibis, and Gillian Cross for After Tomorrow. For a full list of previous winners and shortlists, click here.
The Little Rebels Award was developed in conjunction with Letterbox Library, who administered the prize until 2016. Letterbox Library is a member of the ARB. They are a 32-year-old, not-for-profit, children’s booksellers and social enterprise. They specialise in children’s books which celebrate diversity, equality and inclusion and were singled out for praise for their work by Malorie Blackman on her appointment as Children’s Laureate for 2013-2015. They were also one of the 19 UK Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award nominees for 2015. For more information about Letterbox Library, go to www.letterboxlibrary.com.
This year the Little Rebels Award is administered by Housmans Bookshop. One of London’s longest surviving and last remaining radical bookshops, Housmans is a founder member of the Alliance of Radical Booksellers, and stocks a wide range of radical books and magazines, including children’s and young adult books. They were awarded the London Independent Bookshop of the Year award in 2016 at the British Book Industry Awards. For more information, visit www.housmans.com.