Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Letterbox Library announce the shortlist for the 2015 Little Rebels Awards

Once again those awesome folk at Letterbox Library have put together an absolutely stunning shortlist for the 2015 Little Rebels Book Awards.

The award winner will be announced at the London Radical Bookfair on 9th May 2015 (see below for links to the Little Rebels Book Awards and the London Radical Bookfair).

A total of eight amazing 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:

Trouble on Cable Street by Joan Lingard (Catnip Books), set in 1936 London during the rise of Mosley’s Fascist Blackshirts.

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.

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.

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 UK.

Shh! We Have a Plan by Chris Haughton (Walker Books); a subtle picture book about kindness and friendship winning out over force and enmity.

Grandma by another debut author/illustrator, Jessica Shepherd (Child’s Play); a child- friendly exploration of dementia.

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.

Pearl Power by Mel Elliott, published by newcomer indie, I Love Mel (distributed by Turnaround Publisher Services) about a little girl and her encounters with gender inequality.

We'll be posting a reminder article a little closer to the event in May, but in the meantime do visit the following links for more info on this very special shortlist.

The Little Rebels Award

The London Radical Bookfair