Voting is now open for the first ever Children’s Choice Book Awards! The Children’s Book Council abd CBC Foundation launched the program this morning with the announcement of 25 finalists in five categories (see below). The Children’s Choice Book Awards program was created to provide young readers with an opportunity to voice their opinions about the books being written for them and to help develop a reading list that will motivate children to read. Children will be able to cast their vote for their favorite books, author, and illustrator at bookstores, school libraries, and at www.BookWeekOnline.com until May 4.
The Children’s Choice Book Award winners will be announced live at the Children’s Choice Book Award gala on May 13 in New York City as part of Children’s Book Week (May 12-18, 2008), the oldest national literacy event in the United States. This initiative is a new component of Children’s Book Week, which for the first time is being held in May.
Visit www.bookweekonline.com for more information. Kids can vote online or you can collect paper ballots and submit (online) one set of numbers for your library or classroom. There is also information available about this year’s Children’s Book Week poster by Mary GrandPre’ and bookmark by Gene Yang and how you can get them for free.
Also, please visit the CBC Store for huge savings on old CBC materials (including for Children’s Book Week). All posters are on sale for $1 each and all bookmarks are $4 a pack. The sales runs until May 31, 2008 when the CBC Store will close.
The Children’s Choice Book Awards 2008 Finalists
Favorite Book for Grades K-2
Dino Dinners by Mick Manning and Brita Granstrom (Holiday House)
Five Little Monkeys Go Shopping by Eileen Christelow (Clarion)
Frankie Stein written by Lola M. Schaefer, illustrated by Kevan Atteberry (Marshall Cavendish)
Three Little Fish and the Big Bad Shark written by Ken Geist, illustrated by Julia Gorton (Cartwheel Books/Scholastic)
Tucker’s Spooky Halloween by Leslie McGuirk (Candlewick Press)
Favorite Book for Grades 3-4
Babymouse: Camp Babymouse by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm (Random House)
Big Cats by Elaine Landau (Enslow Publishers)
Monday With a Mad Genius written by Mary Pope Osborne, illustrated by Sal Murdocca (Random House)
The Richest Poor Kid written by Carl Sommer, illustrated by Jorge Martinez (Advance Publishing)
Wolves by Duncan Searl (Bearport)
Favorite Book for Grades 5-6
Beowulf: Monster Slayer written by Paul D. Storrie, illustrated by Ron Randall (Lerner)
Encyclopedia Horrifica: The Terrifying Truth about Vampires, Ghosts, Monsters, and More by Joshua Gee (Scholastic)
Ghosts by Stephen Krensky (Lerner)
The Short and Incredibly Happy Life of Riley by Amy Lissiat and Colin Thompson (Kane/Miller)
When the Shadbush Blooms written by Carla Messinger with Susan Katz, illustrated by David Kanietakeron Fadden (Tricycle Press)
2007 Author of the Year
Anthony Horowitz, Snakehead (Alex Rider Adventure) (Philomel/Penguin)
Erin Hunter, Warriors, Powers of Three: The Sight (HarperCollins)
Jeff Kinney, Diary of Wimpy Kid (Abrams)
Rick Riordan, Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Titan’s Curse (Disney Book Group)
J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Scholastic)
2007 Illustrator of the Year
Jan Brett, Three Snow Bears (Putnam/Penguin)
Ian Falconer, Olivia Helps with Christmas (Simon & Schuster)
Robin Preiss Glasser, Fancy Nancy and the Posh Puppy (HarperCollins)
Brian Selznick, The Invention of Hugo Cabret (Scholastic)
Mo Willems, Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity (Disney Book Group)
The finalists in the first three categories were determined from the IRA-CBC Children’s Choices program, a joint project of the International Reading Association (IRA) and the CBC since 1975. Publishers submit hundreds of titles to be evaluated and voted on by 10,000 children. The Author and Illustrator of the Year finalists were selected from a review of bestseller lists by the CBC and CBC Foundation.
posted by Michelle Bayuk