The Little Rebels Children’s Book Award is a new award for radical fiction for children aged 0-12. The award is given by the Alliance of Radical Booksellers and administered by Letterbox Library. You can find out all the latest Little Rebels News by clicking here.
The Alliance of Radical Booksellers (ARB)
The ARB is a supportive community for the UK’s radical booksellers. The ARB runs the Bread & Roses Award for Radical Publishing, administered by Housmans Bookshop. This independent prize for adult non-fiction literature is now in its 3rd year. For more information, go to http://www.breadandrosesprize.wordpress.com/
In 2012, the ARB launched a new, paralell, radical fiction children’s book prize: The Little Rebels Children’s Book Award. The prize was awarded in May 2013 by guest judges, Wendy Cooling and Elizabeth Laird. The award is administered by Letterbox Library on behalf of the ARB.
Letterbox Library is a member of the ARB. They are a 30-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. For more information about Letterbox Library, go to www.letterboxlibrary.com.
The Little Rebels Award
The Little Rebels Award is designed to recognise a rich tradition of radical publishing for children in the UK. Currently the award is restricted to fiction targeted at children aged 0-12. The award administration is entirely unfunded which means we are taking things 1 step at a time! Longer term, we would hope to extend the award to non-fiction and a broader age range.
‘Radical’ is defined widely to include books informed by inclusive/anti-discriminatory concerns or those which promote social equality or social justice- for a full definition, see guidelines under Submitting a Book.
Guest judges for the 2013 Little Rebels Award will be Professor of Children’s Literature (Newcastle University), Kim Reynolds, children’s author, Elizabeth Laird and Bookstart co-founder and editor, Wendy Cooling (see Guest Judges).
Prizes for both the Little Rebels and the Bread and Roses Awards will be presented at the new, ARB London Radical Bookfair at Bishopsgate Institute, London on Saturday, May 10th 2013. See Award-giving ceremony.
Submissions to the Little Rebels Award must be made by publishers by January 13th 2014. The shortlisted titles will be announced in March/April 2014.