Monday, March 24, 2008

CBC Announces Finalists for the First Annual Children’s Choice Book Awards

The Children's Book Council is an assoication of publishers of trade books for children and young adults in the United States and is the official sponsor of Children's Book Week.

The CBC has just announced the nominees for the First Annual Children’s Choice Book Awards. 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. There are 25 finalists in 5 categories:

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 Corporation)
  • 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 for Young Readers)
  • Big Cats by Elaine Landau (Enslow Publishers)
  • Monday With a Mad Genius written by Mary Pope Osborne, illustrated by Sal Murdocca (Random House for Young Readers)
  • The Richest Poor Kid written by Carl Sommer, illustrated by Jorge Martinez (Advance Publishing, Inc.)
  • Wolves by Duncan Searl (Bearport Publishing)
Favorite Book for Grades 5-6
  • Beowulf: Monster Slayer written by Paul D. Storrie, illustrated by Ron Randall (Lerner Publishing Group)
  • Encyclopedia Horrifica by Joshua Gee (Scholastic Paperbacks)
  • Ghosts by Stephen Krensky (Lerner Publishing Group)
  • The Short and Incredibly Happy Life of Riley by Amy Lissiat and Colin Thompson (Kane/Miller Book Publishers)
  • 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)
Children will be able to cast their vote for their favorite books, author, and illustrator at bookstores, school libraries, and at http://www.bookweekonline.com/ until Sunday, May 4, 2008.

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 and follows on the heels of the appointment of the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, a national program initiated by the Library of Congress and Children’s Book Council.

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