Little Rebels Children’s Book Award

From Letterbox Library

Resource type: Book awards

Price band: Free

Key stage: KS1, KS2

Region(s): All of UK

The Little Rebels Children’s Book Award is an annual award set up by the Alliance of Radical Booksellers and Letterbox Library. The aim of the award is to celebrate ‘radical’ fiction written for children aged 0-12, that is fiction that promotes social equality and social justice, challenges stereotypes and builds children’s awareness of issues in society.

See the shortlist for the 2023 Little Rebels Children’s Book Award.


  • The shortlist comes out in April/May.
  • The winner is announced in July.

Cost: Free.

About the Alliance of Radical Booksellers: Founded in 2010, the Alliance of Radical Booksellers is a supportive community for the UK’s radical booksellers. As well as sponsoring the Little Rebels Children’s Book Award, the ARB also sponsors the Bread and Roses Award for Radical Publishing and hosts the London Radical Bookfair.

About Letterbox Library: Letterbox Library is a not-for-profit social enterprise and workers’ cooperative. It was founded in 1983 with the aim of providing books that reflect the diversity of our world community, challenge negative stereotypes and promote ideas of social justice.

Further resources:

  • Find previous shortlists and winners here.
  • The Jhalak Children’s and YA Prize is awarded to the best book written for young people by a British or British resident BAME author.
  • The Diverse Book Awards are awarded to the best inclusive fiction books for children and Young Adults published in the UK.
  • Explore the Reflecting Realities section of the website for further resources to help you build an inclusive and representative library.
  • For a full list of children’s book awards, click here.

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