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.
Children's Book Award 2018
Younger Children's Picture Books Winner I Dare You written and illustrated by Reece Wykes, published by Andersen Press Shortlisted Books Edgar and the Sausage Inspector, written and illustrated by Jan Fearnley, published by Nosy Crow Mrs Mole, I’m Home!, written and illustrated by Jarvis, published by Walker The Secret of Black Rock, written and illustrated by Joe Todd-Stanton, published by Flying Eye Books
Books for Younger Readers Winner The Explorer, written by Katherine Rundell, published by Bloomsbury Shortlisted Books The Goldfish Boy, written by Lisa Thompson, published by Scholastic The Island at the End of Everything, written by Kiran Millwood Hargrave, published by Chicken House
Books for Older Readers Winner I Have No Secrets, written by Penny Joelson, published by Electric Monkey (Egmont) Shortlisted Books Optimists Die First, written by Susin Nielsen, published by Andersen Press Ink, written by Alice Broadway, published by Scholastic