We are incredibly excited and proud that Bernard Ashley’s Nadine Dreams of Home has been shortlisted for the Little Rebels Book Award – a first for a Barrington Stoke title. We are thrilled for Bernard, and to have one of our books listed alongside fantastic stories championing diversity in children’s fiction.
Nadine Dreams of Home concerns a young asylum seeker who fled civil conflict and cannot leave the past behind. Nadine misses her home, all that she knew and her father who had to stay in Goma. Despite a well-meaning teacher and her new, safer environment in London, she struggles to adjust and to be understood by her new peers ”“ and to understand them. This is a hard-hitting but ultimately uplifting tale for 7-12s with brilliant illustrations by Ollie Cuthbertson.
The Little Rebels Children’s Book Award is in its third year and celebrates radical fiction for children aged 0-12.The award recognises children’s fiction that explores social justice, promotes social equality, challenges stereotypes or is informed by anti-discriminatory concerns, and is given by the Alliance of Radical Booksellers and administered by specialist children’s booksellers Letterbox Library.
This year has seen a raft of events and industry leaders promoting diversity in children’s books. In January we took part in A Place at the Table, hosted by Inclusive Minds, which brought together publishers to discuss ways of increasing diversity in children’s books. Our author Sita Brahmachari is the new online writer in residence for Booktrust and recently spoke with our Managing Director, Mairi Kidd, about inclusion and representation in our books and in the sector as a whole. Changes are being made, but we believe more can still be done.
We hope that the judging panel of Little Rebels has even more books to choose from in the years to come, and that more publishers recognise the importance of diversity in children’s fiction.
The winner of the Little Rebels Children’s Book Award will be announced at the London Radical Bookfair on 9th May 2015 and you can view the other worthy shortlisted titles here. Keep an eye on the Barrington Stoke blog for further updates and read the first chapter of Nadine Dreams of Home below.