Children's Book Award 2018 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.
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.
Books for Older Readers I Have No Secrets, written by Penny Joelson, published by Electric Monkey (Egmont) Optimists Die First, written by Susin Nielsen, published by Andersen Press Ink, written by Alice Broadway, published by Scholastic