Promoting social justice – which children’s books do a good job of this?

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azziOn Saturday, the Alliance of Radical Booksellers (ARB) announced the winner of the inaugural Little Rebels Children’s Book Award: Sarah Garland for her book, Azzi In Between.

Using a graphic novel format, Azzi In Between tells the powerful story of a family forced to flee their homeland and settle in a strange and unfamiliar country. The book is based on the author’s own experience of working among refugee families and is endorsed by Amnesty International. I’ll be reviewing it here on Playing by the book during Refugee Week next month, along with an interview with Sarah, which I can’t wait to share with you.

Sarah Garland talking about Azzi in Between. Photo:
Sarah Garland talking about Azzi in Between. Photo:

The Little Rebels Children’s Book Award is a new award given by the Alliance of Radical Booksellers and administered by specialist children’s booksellers, Letterbox Library. The award recognises children’s fiction for readers aged 0-12 which promote social justice. This year’s shorlist was made up of:

  • Azzi In Between by Sarah Garland
  • Hans and Matilda by Yokococo
  • The Terrible Thing That Happened to Barnaby Brocket by John Boyne, illustrated by Oliver Jeffers
  • Wild Child by Jeanne Willis, illustrated by Lorna Freytag

  • The award is the brainchild of Nik Gorecki, Housmans Bookshop; speaking about the award, Nik said, “The Alliance of Radical Booksellers is working hard to promote radical publishing and children’s books are an important element of that. There’s still lots of plans in the pipeline for the future and next year we hope to introduce a category for teen readers”.

    If YOU have any suggestions about books published so far this year, which you think deserve consideration for next year’s award, please do leave their details in the comments 🙂 (Full details of eligibility can be found here).

    Here’s hoping that the Little Rebels Children’s Book Award goes from strength to strength!

    5 Responses

    1. So you can’t wait to publish the interview, but you do… Wait? That is so mean! ;-P

    2. Anne Booth

      This looks great. Can’t wait to read the book AND the interview!

    3. Mevrouw Kinderboek 😀 Ah, the wonderful English language!!

      Yes Anne, the book is super, and the interview’s been really interesting and fun to conduct.
      Zoe recently posted..Promoting social justice – which children’s books do a good job of this?

    4. Social justice is always a good thing to promote and thank you for letting us know about this award. Ironically, I have read all but the winner Azzi in Between, but I shall be looking for it.
      Alex Baugh recently posted..His Majesty’s Hope (A Maggie Hope Mystery #3) by Susan Elia MacNeal

    5. I like the title of the award! Little Rebel. I’ve not read any on this list, but they all sound interesting. I’ll have to check them out. Thanks!
      Rhythm recently posted..Peter Pan and the Beach

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