• Submissions Open for the 2023 Little Rebels Award

    Submissions are now open for the 11th Little Rebels Award for Radical Children’s Fiction, worth £2000 to the winner. The Little Rebels Award celebrates UK children’s books for readers age 0-12 which promote social equality and social justice. Last year’s prize went to Sarah Hagger-Holt for Proud of Me (Usborne Books 2021), a coming-of-age novel […]

  • The 2022 Little Rebels Award Ceremony

    In case you missed the news… Sarah Hagger-Holt was the winner of this year’s Little Rebels Award, for her middle-grade novel PROUD OF ME, published by Usborne. Proud of Me is a coming-of-age narrative in which siblings Josh and Becky, who are parented by two mums, start to explore their family’s and their own identities. The […]

  • Little Rebels 2022 Shortlist Revealed

    Little Rebels 2022 Shortlist Revealed

    Bold, uncompromising narratives tackling prejudice and foreshadowing far-right dystopias dominate this year’s shortlist for the Little Rebels Award for Radical Children’s Fiction. The Little Rebels 2022 shortlist in full: Hey You!: An Empowering Celebration of Growing Up Black by Dapo Adeola, illustrated by various (Puffin Books/PRH) No Country by Joe Brady, illustrated by Patrice Aggs […]

  • Submissions Open Until January 17th 2022

    The Alliance of Radical Booksllers is pleased to announce that submissions for the 2022 Little Rebels Award for Radical Fiction are now OPEN! Publishers can find the full submissions guidelines here. Submissions close on January 17th 2022. 2022 marks ten years of the Little Rebels Award, and we are pleased to welcome three new judges: author-illustrator and activist, Emily […]

  • Little Rebels 2021 Award Ceremony

    The Little Rebels Award Ceremony is online once again! Please join us for our packed. one hour, celebration. Hear the shortlisted authors and illustrators discuss their books and talk all things radical children’s literature … and find out the winner ‘live’! Raise your pint/carrot juice/cocktail to the winner as they are crowned Biggest Rebel Of […]

  • Submissions for the 2021 Award are open until February 14th 2021

    SUBMISSIONS FOR THE 2021 PRIZE ARE NOW OPEN UNTIL FEBRUARY 14th. Please read the guidelines carefully and contact us with any queries. 2021 guidelines Definitions The Little Rebels Children’s Book Award recognises and awards radical children’s fiction. It is an award which runs parallel to the Alliance of Radical Booksellers’ Bread & Roses Award for […]

  • The Little Rebels 2020 Winner: The Boy Who Loved Everyone

    Congratulations to Jane Porter, Maisie Paradise Shearring and Walker Books: The Boy Who Loved Everyone is the 2020 award winner. The winner was announced at an online ceremony on 22nd October. Commenting on the winning book, judge Shaun Dellenty said: “This deceptively simple tale affords a very rich stimulus to engage young children in varied conversations about […]

  • The Little Rebels Award 2020 Shortlist

    On behalf of the Alliance of Radical Booksellers, we are thrilled to reveal the seven books shortlisted for the 2020 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 community empowerment, wastefulness and […]

  • Tribute to Wendy Cooling

    We were so very sad to hear about the recent death of Wendy Cooling. Wendy Cooling was one of only two guest judges for the Little Rebels Award in its inaugural year, 2013. As such, her wit, enthusiasm and wonderfully unchecked views informed the award’s inception and development. We felt extremely honoured that Wendy accepted […]

  • Little Rebels Timeline Change

    Due to the coronavirus outbreak and the disruption it has caused to daily life, we have decided to make some changes to the Little Rebels timeline for 2020. The Little Rebels Award is given by the Alliance of Radical Booksellers, and we want to announce the shortlist at a time when it is possible for […]