Little Rebels is back!

Submissions to The Little Rebels Award for Radical Children’s Fiction are now open.

The Little Rebels Award celebrates children’s books for readers age 0-12 which promote social equality and social justice. Last year’s prize went to Catherine Johnson for Freedom (Scholastic 2019). The prize is administered by booksellers Letterbox Library and Housmans Bookshop on behalf of the Alliance of Radical Booksellers.

Publishers are invited to submit relevant books first published in 2019. Full submission guidelines can be found at www.littlerebelsaward.wordpress.com. The closing date for nominations is January 30th 2020. The shortlist will be announced in April 2020 with the winning announcement in early July.


The 2019 winner, Catherine Johnson, with a) award organisers & b) audience members at the Little Rebels Award Night, Centre for Literacy in Primary Education, 10/07/19.

This year the organisers are delighted to welcome Jim McSweeney, manager of Gays The Word, onto the judging panel for 2020.

Speaking about joining the judges panel, Jim McSweeney said, “The Little Rebels Award is an important prize and it’s a privilege to be asked onto the judging panel.  Having worked in bookselling for over 30 years it’s been inspiring to see an increasing range of books which celebrate social justice.  We live in difficult times and it’s important that young people have access to books which can stimulate them, give them hope and see the possibility of change.” Jim McSweeney will join author Patrice Lawrence; educator and writer Darren Chetty; Head of Children’s Book Promotions/Prizes at BookTrust, Emily Drabble; LGBT+ inclusion educator Shaun Dellenty.

Further Information About the Little Rebels Children’s Book Award

The Little Rebels Award is given by the ARB and was established in conjunction with Letterbox Library. Full details of the award, including the shortlist and prize giving ceremony for previous years, can be found at:  www.littlerebelsaward.wordpress.com.

 About Letterbox Library

Letterbox Library is a 36-year-old, not-for-profit, children’s booksellers and social enterprise. They specialise in children’s books which celebrate diversity, equality & inclusion as well as books which promote social justice.  www.letterboxlibrary.com.

About Housmans Bookshop

Housmans Bookshop is one of London’s longest surviving and last remaining radical bookshops. Housmans is a founder member of the ARB. They were awarded the London Independent Bookshop of the Year Award in 2016. www.housmans.com.

 About the Alliance of Radical Booksellers (ARB)

The ARB is a supportive community for the UK’s radical booksellers; www.radicalbooksellers.co.uk. The ARB also runs the (adult) Bread & Roses Award for Radical Publishing. www.bread-and-roses.co.uk.


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