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Little Rebels Award

Little Rebels Shortlist to be announced at special event at Housmans

The Little Rebels Children’s Book Award is a prize given by the ARB to highlight exceptional radical fiction for children aged 0-12. The shortlist will be announced at the following event at Housmans Bookshop in King’s Cross by guests from Letterbox Library, who administer the prize on behalf of the ARB.

‘Are the Kids All Right? Representations of LGBTQ Characters in Children’s and YA Literature’
with B.J. Epstein, Mark Jennett and Letterbox Library
Saturday 29th March, 6.30pm

Entry £3, redeemable against any purchase

Guests from Alliance of Radical Booksellers member Letterbox Library will be introducing B.J.Epstein’s latest book which offers the first ever overview of English language children’s literature starring LGBTQ characters. The panel will consider:

*whether LGBTQ children’s books are inevitably marketed and shelved as ‘issues’ book;

*what sort of LGBTQ representations have existed in children’s literature to date (gay penguins, anyone?);

*how LGBTQ children’s books might be used in schools;

*how do we want to change the landscape of LGBTQ images in children’s books?;

*where should we all- publishers/authors, booksellers- be going from here?

Joining B.J. in the discussion will be Mark Jennett, a consultant and trainer specialising in diversity, who has worked with both the NUT and on the No Outsiders Project on addressing gender stereotypes and advancing sexuality equality in schools.

This talk will be followed by the announcement of the shortlist for the ARB’s Little Rebels Award for Radical Children’s Fiction; for further info. go to www.littlerebelsaward.wordpress.com

Title information

‘Are the Kids All Right?: Representations of LGBTQ Characters in Children’s and Young Adult Literature’ by B.J. Epstein
Paperback: 316 pages
Hammeron Press; 1st edition (31 Oct 2013)
ISBN-13: 978-0956450739