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. The award is now administered by Letterbox Library and Housmans Bookshop.

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We are grateful for funding from the Barry Amiel and Normal Melburn Trust.

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 Little Rebels Award

Now in its 8th 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.

Previous winners of the prize include: Catherine Johnson for Freedom; Zanib Mian for The Muslims; Andrea Beaty and David Roberts for Ada Twist, Scientist; Alexis Deacon and Vivian Schwarz for Henry Finch; Gill Lewis for Scarlet Ibis; Gillian Cross for After Tomorrow; Sarah Garland for Azzi in Between.

Letterbox Library

Letterbox Library is a 33-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.

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.


For general Little Rebels enquiries, please email catherine@housmans.com 



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    • letterboxlibrary says:

      Hi Jan
      The Alliance of Radical Booksellers IS hoping to run this award again next year. This will be for books published in 2013. Do check the submission guidelines and keep an eye on this wordpress site for updates. Thanks! Fen / Letterbox Library

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