Thursday, November 14, 2013

PRESS RELEASE from Alliance of Radical Booksellers

[Shortened version: full text here]

Little Rebels Award for Radical Children’s Fiction Returns
The ARB is delighted to announce that the Little Rebels Children’s Book Award for radical children’s fiction is back for its 2nd year. The award is given by the Alliance of Radical Booksellers (ARB) and is administered by specialist children’s booksellers, Letterbox Library, a not-for-profit children’s booksellers and social enterprise specialising in children’s books which celebrate diversity, equality & inclusion:

The closing date for nominations is January 13th 2014. The shortlist will be announced in April 2014, and the winner at the ARB’s London Radical Bookfair on Saturday May 10th 2014.
This year, Kim Reynolds, author of the award-winning Radical Children’s Literature (Palgrave MacMillan: 2010) and Professor of Children’s Literature at Newcastle University will be joining the 2012 Little Rebels guest judges: award-winning children’s author, Elizabeth Laird and Bookstart co-founder, editor and Eleanor Farjeon Award recipient (2006), Wendy Cooling.

The Little Rebels Children’s Book Award is a sister award to the Bread & Roses Award for Radical Publishing, administered by Housmans Bookshop, which recognises radical adult non-fiction published in the UK. Both awards are the inspiration of the Alliance of Radical Booksellers. Both prizes will be presented at the 2nd London Radical Bookfair on Saturday May 10th 2014, Bishopsgate Institute, London.
Publishers are being invited to submit children’s fiction for readers aged 0-12 which promote social justice and which were first published in 2013. Full submission guidelines can be found at

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Letterbox Library
Unit 151 Stratford Workshops
Burford Road
Stratford E15 2SP

Tel: 020 8534 7502

Alliance of Radical Booksellers: The ARB is a supportive community for the UK’s radical booksellers; For information on the Bread & Roses Award go to .

About the Little Rebels Children’s Book Award: Full details of the award, including the shortlist and prize giving ceremony for the previous year, can be found at: .

About the London Radical Bookfair: Hosted by the ARB, this fair was run for the first time on May 11th 2013. The fair included 50 book stalls and 20 guest speakers - full details at:


  1. Booklaunch & discussion, being held at Housmans Bookshop and facilitated by Letterbox Library:
    'Are the Kids All Right? Representations of LGBTQ Characters in Children's and YA Literature'
    with B.J. Epstein, Mark Jennett and Letterbox Library
    Saturday 29th March, 6.30pm
    As if this event wasn't exciting enough, there will be an announcement following on from this of the shortlist for the Little Rebels Award for Radical Children's Fiction.


  2. re: upcoming radical children's literature events and announcement of the
    Little Rebels Award winner

    I am sure that you will already have had news from us about the upcoming London Radical Bookfair on May 10th at Bishopsgate Institute, London. We very much hope to see you there. To help you decide on the time of your visit, we wanted to make sure that you knew about the children's literature events at the fair which might be of particular interest to you.

    The London Radical Bookfair is a free public event where you will be able to find out who won this year's Little Rebels Award for Radical Children's Fiction. This award is run by ourselves, Letterbox Library, on behalf of the Alliance of Radical Booksellers (ARB) and is now in its 2nd year. We will have a stand at the bookfair all day, so do pop over and say hello and do come by if you need any info. on the day. Meantime, here's a mini timetable of the children's lit events Letterbox Library is hosting on behalf of the ARB:

    12.30pm-2pm Radical Children's Literature: the little rebels authors
    Shortlisted authors, Gill Lewis, Geraldine McCaughrean and Deborah Chancellor will be in conversation with Bookstart founder and Little Rebels Judge, Wendy Cooling.
    2.30pm-4pm Radical Children's Literature: where are all the little rebels?
    Ann Lazim, Centre for Literacy in Primary Education and co-founder of the UK section of IBBY will chair a discussion on children's literature in relation to radical thinking. Speakers will be Professor Kim Reynolds and authors Alan Gibbons and Catherine Johnson. This panel is being held in commemoration of Robert Leeson (1928-2013).
    4.30pm Wendy Cooling will present the prize to the winner of the Little Rebels Children's Award for Radical Fiction.

    A flyer about the London Radical Bookfair is attached below. Do print this off so you have the address with you! You can find out more details here: and more details about the Little Rebels Award and the Rad. Children's Lit. fair events here: