Little Rebels

The Little Rebels Award is back to celebrate children’s books for readers age up to 12 years old which promote social equality and social justice. 

The 2019 judges are award-winning YA author, Patrice LawrenceB.J.Epstein, Senior Lecturer at the University of East Anglia; Darren Chetty, Teaching Fellow at University College London; Emily Drabble, Head of Children’s Book Promotions/Prizes at BookTrust. 

Meanwhile, a former winner of has been nominated for the 2019 Carnegie Medal. Zanib Mian’s The Muslims was published in October 2017. Zanib also secured a three-book-deal with Hachette Children’s Group. 

“Winning the Little Rebels Award catapulted me to places I never dreamt of getting to, in my career! Thanks to the spotlight the award brought – and of course, the support from the amazing panel of judges and the organisers – my book found its way into the hands of people who may not have otherwise discovered it, which led to me signing an agent, securing a 3-book deal with Hachette Children’s Group, being shortlisted for the UKLA awards and nominated for the 2019 Carnegie Medal!” 

Zanib Mian, speaking about the success of The Muslims

Save the date! The closing date for nominations is January 30, 2019. Booksellers and publishers can find full submission guidelines at

“I am looking forward to being a Little Rebels judge! Ten years of work in LGBT+ inclusion in education has proved the urgent need for a wide range of representative and inclusive children’s fiction that promotes social justice, equality and compassion for human diversity. We must nurture schools in which young people can bring curiosity to their own responses and reactions to diversity; high-quality texts are a vital stimulus for these potentially life changing conversations.”  

Shaun Dellenty, Former Deputy Head, trainer in LGBT+ inclusive education and author of forthcoming Celebrating Difference: A whole-school approach to LGBT+ inclusion (Bloomsbury May 2019). 

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