The FAB Prize
Faber is an award-winning, independent publisher of high-quality picture books, fiction, middle-grade, young adult, non-fiction and poetry. Our books support teachers, libraries and book clubs with relevant, inclusive and necessary stories that are edited and illustrated responsibly, and in which all children feel represented and important. Our aim is to develop empathy, character and confidence, allied to a long love of reading for the journey of a lifetime!
That is what Growing up with Faber means. Our authors include Emma Carroll, Natasha Farrant, Jason Reynolds, Swapna Haddow, Kieran Larwood and Kacen Callender. Founded in 1929, our first catalogue included Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, on which the Cats musical is based, and The Iron Man. It said ‘It is by reading such books that children learn the difference between the shoddy and the genuine.’ We still believe reading has the power to change children’s lives.
In 2017, Faber created the FAB Prize to help discover new writers and illustrators from underrepresented backgrounds. This prize is the first of its kind in the UK and our alumni have gone on to release amazing books that are rich in culture and colour.
Every child deserves to see themselves in books, and in the authors and illustrators whose work they read. The FAB Prize aims to discover and showcase new talent, closing the gap between what is currently published and the reality for many families.
The Prize is judged by Faber’s Publisher Leah Thaxton, Curtis Brown Agent Davinia Andrew-Lynch, Faber Children’s Art Director Emma Eldridge and Faber Children’s Assistant Editor/FAB Website Editor Ama Badu.
The FAB Prize is proud to be supported by BookTrust and the AOI who both offer opportunities to our FAB Prize entrants.
If you’d like to read more about children’s books and diversity, we recommend the BookTrust Represents research as well as the CLPE Reflecting Realities Survey.
‘We’d love to see a range of styles within the art submissions: gorgeous new characters for toddlers; clever, humorous, emotive storytelling for older readers; strong, design-led approaches for covers . . . For the text entries, we hope to see animal series, humour, fantasy adventure, modern romance, poetry, verse novels – we are open to pretty much anything . . . Please do surprise us!’– Leah Thaxton