Children's Book Award 2017 The shortlist has been announced for the 2017 Children's Book Award, organised by the Federation of Children's Book Groups.
Books for Younger Children category Chicken Nugget, Michelle Robinson, illustrated by Tom McLaughlin, published by Puffin Oi Dog, Kes Gray and Claire Gray and illustrated by Jim Field, published by Hodder Grandad’s Island, Benji Davies, published by Simon and Schuster Gracie Grabbit and the Tiger, Helen Stephens, published by Scholastic
The Children’s Book Award (known as the Red House Children’s Book Award during the 14 years of The Book People’s sponsorship) is the only national award for children’s books that is voted for entirely by children themselves. It was founded in 1980 by Pat Thomson of the Federation of Children's Book Groups to celebrate the books that children themselves love reading, and each year since then children in FCBG book groups and around the UK have been reading as many new books as they can and voting to pick both the shortlist and the eventual winners. It is highly respected by teachers, librarians and parents, and past winners include J.K. Rowling, Patrick Ness, Andy Stanton, Malorie Blackman, Anthony Horowitz and Oliver Jeffers. Now in its 37th year, the award has often been the first to recognise the future stars of children’s fiction and has the ability to turn popular authors into bestsellers.
Lewes Children's Book Group helps enable local children to vote by lending copies of the short-listed books to local schools and members' families. For more information about the award, and how to vote, visit:http://www.fcbg.org.uk/childrens-book-award-2017/
Children's Book Award 2016 Winners: Overall winners (and winners of the Books for Younger Readers category): My Headteacher is a Vampire Rat by Pamela Butchart and Thomas Flintham Books for Older Readers category: Apple and Rain by Sarah Crossan Books for Younger Children category: Is there a Dog in this Book? by Viviane Schwarz