CHILDREN’S BOOK COUNCIL ANNOUNCES THE OPENING OF VOTING FOR THE 2015 CHILDREN’S CHOICE BOOK AWARDS
Voting Opens March 2016
The Children’s Book Council (CBC) in association with Every Child a Reader, hosts the seventh annual Children’s Choice Book Awards Program with the announcement of 30 finalists in six categories, including Author and Illustrator of the Year. The Children’s Choice Book Awards (CCBA) is the only national children’s book awards program where winning titles are selected by young readers of all ages. Last year a record breaking 525,000 children and teens took part in the contest. Young readers have cast their votes for their favorite books, author, and illustrator at bookstores, schools, libraries, and at Children’s Book Week online from May 2-8, 2016.
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“There are some familiar names on this list as well as newcomers,” said Robin Adelson, Executive Director at The Children’s Book Council. “It is exciting to see a wide range and variety of finalists. It will keep us guessing until the end!”
The Children’s Choice Book Award winners will be announced LIVE at the annual Children’s Choice Book Awards Gala in May at several locations as part of Children’s Book Week (May 2-8, 2016), the oldest national literacy initiative in the United States. The awards presentation will be videotaped and available for viewing by book lovers of all ages at www.BookWeekOnline.com.
The Children’s Choice Book Award categories and finalists are as follows for 2015
Below are the 2015 Winners and Finalists.
Kindergarten to Second Grade Book of the Year
by Jeff Cohen
by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen
by Birgitta Sif
Frances Dean loves to dance. She feels the wind and . . . more
by Jean Reagan
When you babysit a grandma, if you’re lucky . . . . . more
by Tedd Arnold
What is the right pet for Fly Guy? In the . . . more
Third Grade to Fourth Grade Book of the Year
Bad Kitty for President by Nick Bruel (Roaring Brook/Macmillan)
Get the Scoop on Animal Poop! by Dawn Cusick (Imagine/Charlesbridge)
Homer by Shelley Rotner, illustrated by Diane deGroat (Scholastic)
Just Joking by National Geographic Kids (National Geographic Children’s Books)
Pluto Visits Earth! by Steve Metzger, illustrated by Jared Lee (Scholastic)
Fifth Grade to Sixth Grade Book of the Year
Dork Diaries 4: Tales from a Not-So-Graceful Ice Princess by Rachel Renée Russell (Aladdin/Simon & Schuster)
Liar & Spy by Rebecca Stead (Wendy Lamb Books/Random House)
Pickle: The (Formerly) Anonymous Prank Club of Fountain Point Middle School by Kim Baker, illustrated by Tim Probert (Roaring Brook/Macmillan)
Rebel McKenzie by Candice Ransom (Hyperion Books/Disney)
Stickman Odyssey, Book 2: The Wrath of Zozimos by Christopher Ford (Philomel/Penguin)
Teen Book of the Year
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green (Dutton/Penguin)
Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, Book 1) by Marissa Meyer (Feiwel & Friends/Macmillan)
City of Lost Souls (Mortal Instruments) by Cassandra Clare (Margaret K. McElderry Books/Simon & Schuster)
Insurgent by Veronica Roth (Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins)
Rapture: A Fallen Novel by Lauren Kate (Delacorte/Random House)
Author of the Year
John Green for The Fault in Our Stars (Dutton/Penguin)
R. J. Palacio for Wonder (Knopf Books for Young Readers/Random House)
Rick Riordan for The Mark of Athena (Heroes of Olympus, Book 3) (Hyperion Books/Disney)
Veronica Roth for Insurgent (Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins)
Illustrator of the Year
Robin Preiss Glasser for Fancy Nancy and the Mermaid Ballet (HarperCollins)
James Dean for Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons (HarperCollins)
Anna Dewdney for Llama Llama Time to Share (Viking/Penguin)
Ian Falconer for Olivia and the Fairy Princesses (Atheneum Books for Young Readers/Simon & Schuster)
Mo Willems for The Duckling Gets a Cookie!? (Hyperion Books/Disney)
The finalists for Book of the Year in the Kindergarten to Second Grade, Third Grade to Fourth Grade, and Fifth Grade to Sixth Grade categories are the books that received the highest number of votes in the IRA-CBC Children’s Choices program.. This joint project of the International Reading Association (IRA) and the CBC began in 1975. Teams of IRA-affiliated educators in five geographic regions receive copies of each submitted title to provide to students to read and rate in classrooms across their region. The votes from the five regions (from approximately 12,000 children) are compiled and the five titles with the highest number of votes in each category (K-2, 3-4, 5-6) become the finalists for the Children’s Choice Book Awards.
The Teen Choice finalists are determined with the help of Teenreads.com (part of The Book Report Network). The website compiles a list of all the books they have reviewed over the year and encourages readers to write in their own picks if they aren’t listed. Teens vote for their favorite book and the top five vote-getters become the finalists for the Teen Choice Book of the Year. This year, over 7,000 teens determined the finalists.
The Author and Illustrator of the Year finalists are selected by the CBC from a review of bestseller lists with an emphasis on Bookscan. Only authors and illustrators associated with books published in the previous calendar year are considered.
About the Children’s Book Council
The Children’s Book Council is the national nonprofit trade association for children’s book publishers. The CBC offers children’s publishers the opportunity to work together on issues of importance to the industry at large, including educational programming, literacy advocacy, and collaborations with other national organizations. Our members span the spectrum from large international houses to smaller independent presses. Membership in the CBC is open to U.S. publishers of children’s trade books, as well as in some cases to industry-affiliated companies. The CBC is proud to partner with other national organizations on co-sponsored reading lists, educational programming, and literacy initiatives. Please visit www.cbcbooks.org for more information.
About Every Child a Reader
Every Child a Reader is a 501(c)(3) literacy organization, the mission of which is to instill a lifelong love of reading in children. We do this by creating, promoting and administering programs that promote the joy of reading. Every Child a Reader administers Children’s Book Week. Together with the Children’s Book Council, Every Child a Reader administers the Children’s Choice Book Awards and together with the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, Every Child a Reader administers the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature program. Please visit www.ECARfoundation.org for more information.