Friday, April 10, 2015
Little Rebels at Alliance of Radical Booksellers Bookfair 2015
From Press Release:
Speaking about the award, Kim Reynolds, author of Radical Children’s Literature (Palgrave MacMillan: 2010) said, “This prize focuses on books that help readers become the kind of ‘little rebels’ who one day will catalyse social change rather than carrying on in the same old ways regardless of the costs and consequences”.
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The winner of both the Little Rebels and the Bread & Roses Awards will be announced at the ARB’s London Radical Bookfair & Alternative Press Takeover
at 47/49 Tanner Street, on Saturday May 9th.
This year the event will take at a brand new venue: a 5 storey Victorian warehouse based near Tower Bridge. This is a free event, designed to champion all radical publishing. It is organised by the Alliance of Radical Booksellers (ARB) in partnership with the Alternative Press Fair.
The Little Rebels winner will be announced alongside the ARB’s sister adult award, the Bread & Roses Award for Radical Publishing.
A total of eight titles have been shortlisted this year for the Little Rebels Children’s Book Award for radical children’s fiction. The shortlist includes two titles from the indie, “small but mighty children’s publisher”, Catnip Publishing Ltd. It also includes two picture books which set out to explicitly challenge gender stereotypes.
The Little Rebels Children’s Book Award is now in its 3rd year. The shortlisted 2014 titles include 4 chapter books/fiction and 4 picture books; these are:
è Trouble on
Cable Street by Joan Lingard (Catnip Books), set in 1936 during the rise of
Mosley’s Fascist Blackshirts. London
è Girl With a White Dog by debut novelist Anne Booth (Catnip Books), exploring prejudice and discrimination and linking the Holocaust directly through to the present.
è Scarlet Ibis by Gill Lewis (Oxford University Press) which examines the care system and attitudes towards mental health; this is Gill Lewis’ 2nd appearance on the Little Rebels shortlist after Moon Bear was selected last year.
è Nadine Dreams of Home by Bernard Ashley (Barrington Stoke), a dyslexia-friendly book about a child who has fled the Congolese civil conflict to settle in the
è Shh! We Have a Plan by Chris Haughton (Walker Books); a subtle picture book about kindness and friendship winning out over force and enmity.
è Grandma by another debut author/illustrator, Jessica Shepherd (Child’s Play); a child- friendly exploration of dementia.
è Made by Raffi by Craig Pomranz, illustrated by Margaret Chamberlain (Janetta Otter-Barry Books/Frances Lincoln) about a boy who feels different from the other boys at school.
è Pearl Power by Mel Elliott, published by newcomer indie, I Love Mel (dis. Turnaround Publisher Services) about a little girl and her encounters with gender inequality.
The Little Rebels Children’s Book Award recognises fiction for ages 0-12 which promotes or celebrates social justice and equality. It is given by the Alliance of Radical Booksellers (ARB) and is administered by specialist children’s booksellers and 2015
nominee, Letterbox Library. The judges, Kim Reynolds (Professor of Children’s
Lit. ALMA Newcastle University),
Wendy Cooling, (Bookstart co-founder & editor) and Elizabeth Laird
(children’s author) are meeting this month to discuss the shortlist.
Kerry Mason, Co-Director of Letterbox Library, said of this year’s submissions: “The award is really gathering momentum in its 3rd year. We’ve had submissions from over 30 publishers and the final shortlist highlights some wonderfully distinctive texts which will stir children to ponder big ideas such as gender stereotypes, racism, conflict and mental health”.
Letterbox Library Contact:
Tel: 020 8534 7502
About Letterbox Library
Letterbox Library is a 32-year-old, not-for-profit, children’s booksellers and social enterprise. They specialise in children’s books which celebrate diversity, equality & inclusion. Further information can be found at www.letterboxlibrary.com They administer the Little Rebels Award on behalf of the ARB (below) and were nominated for the ALMA 2015.
Radical Booksellers (ARB) Alliance
The ARB is a supportive community for the
radical booksellers; www.radicalbooksellers.co.uk.
Members of the ARB include Housmans Bookshop, Gay’s The Word, News from
Nowhere, Freedom Bookshop and Letterbox Library. The ARB runs the Bread &
Roses Award for Radical Publishing, administered by Housmans Bookshop. This
independent prize for adult non-fiction
ran for the first time in 2011. For more information go to www.bread-and-roses.co.uk . UK
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: www.littlerebelsaward.wordpress.com.
Radical Bookfair London
Hosted by the ARB, this fair was run for the first time on May 11th 2013. Last year the fair was held at Bishopsgate Institute and attracted over 130 exhibitors, with approx. 1500 people visiting throughout the day. Full details at: www.londonradicalbookfair.wordpress.com.
Child with book, early 1970s