The shortlist for the 2015 Little Rebel’s Book Award for radical children’s fiction has been announced. Eight books are shortlisted this year including two picture books which set out to explicitly challenge gender stereotypes. Veteran radicals Joan Lingard and Bernard Ashley are on the list, alongside Gill Lewis, who was shortlisted last year, and debut authors Anne Booth and Jessica Shepherd.
Nadine Dreams of Home by Bernard Ashley (Barrington Stoke)
Girl with a White Dog by Anne Booth (Catnip Books).
Pearl Power by Mel Elliott, published by newcomer indie, I Love Mel (dis. Turnaround Publisher Services)
Shh! We Have a Plan by Chris Haughton (Walker Books)
Scarlet Ibis by Gill Lewis (Oxford University Press)
Trouble on Cable Street by Joan Lingard (Catnip)
Made by Raffi by Craig Pomranz, illustrated by Margaret Chamberlain (Janetta Otter-Barry Books/Frances Lincoln)
Grandma by Jessica Shepherd (Child’s Play)
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 ALMA nominee, Letterbox Library. The judges are Kim Reynolds (Professor of Children’s Lit. Newcastle University), Wendy Cooling, (Bookstart co-founder & editor) and author Elizabeth Laird.
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’.
The winner of the Little Rebels Award will again be announced next month at The London Radical Bookfair and Alternative Press Takeover the ARB’s sister adult award, the Bread & Roses Award for Radical Publishing.