• 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…

  • 2020 Prize Money Revealed

    We are delighted to announce that the Little Rebels Award has secured funding from the Barry Amiel and Norman Melburn Trust, and that this year’s winner will receive a prize of £2000. Little Rebels co-organiser Fen Coles (Letterbox Library) says: “This funding puts our prize money on a more equal footing to other children’s book…

  • 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.…

  • 2019 Little Rebels Award Ceremony

    The winner of the 2019 Little Rebels Award was announced at a special ceremony on July 10th at the beautiful Centre for Literacy in Primary Education in London. Catherine Johnson took home the prize for her middle grade book Freedom (Scholastic), a short, compelling historical novel in which Nat, a young boy enslaved on a…

  • Catherine Johnson is the 2019 Little Rebels Award Winner

    The Alliance of Radical Booksellers is delighted to announce that FREEDOM by Catherine Johnson (Scholastic) has been crowned the winner of this year’s Little Rebels Award for Radical Children’s Fiction. A short historical novel, Freedom tells the story of Nat, a young boy enslaved on a Jamaican plantation, brought over to England in the late…

  • The 2019 Little Rebels Award shortlist is here!

        We are delighted to unveil the 2019 Little Rebels Award shortlist! Read all about the shortlisted books here.  

  • Submissions for the 2019 award are closed.

    Look out for the shortlist announcement on Thursday 18th April!

  • Submissions are open for the 2019 Little Rebels Award

    Nominations for the 2019 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 2019 Little Rebels Award. The Little Rebels Award celebrates children’s books for readers age 0-12 which promote social equality and social justice.…

  • Little Rebels Award Ceremony at the London Radical Bookfair

    Scroll down for pictures from the 2018 Little Rebels Award ceremony at the London Radical Bookfair on Saturday 2nd June. In a special panel event on the day, author Patrice Lawrence discussed radical fiction for children with Little Rebels shortlistees Gill Lewis (Sky Dancer), Elizabeth Laird (Welcome to Nowhere), Jessica Spanyol (Clive is a Nurse),…

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