Two CATNIP Books Make Shortlist
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”.
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”.
The winner of the Little Rebels Award will again be announced at The London Radical Bookfair and Alternative Press Takeover. This year the event will take place on Saturday May 9th at a brand new venue: a 5 storey Victorian warehouse based near
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. Tower Bridge