Children's Book Award 2016
Chosen entirely by children, the shortlist for the Children's Book Award 2016 has just been announced! The books are divided into 3 age ranges and all are listed below. Who do you think will win?
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The Children's Book Award is now in its 36th year and is owned and run by the Federation of Children's Book Groups, a charity set up by Anne Wood. The Awards were founded by author and librarian Pat Thompson to celebrate the books that children themselves were reading. (They were known as the Red House Children’s Book Award during the 14 years of The Book People’s sponsorship). This years titles were chosen by children from across the country who read and voted for the books at events organised by the FCBG.
It has brought acclaim and strong sales to past winners such as J.K. Rowling, Patrick Ness, Andy Stanton, Malorie Blackman, Anthony Horowitz and Michael Morpurgo, who has won a record three times. 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.
Wendy Gilham, Children’s Book Award coordinator says ‘It is always fascinating to see what the children from the Federation of Children’s Book Groups have enjoyed reading and this year they have chosen a truly great shortlist. It is an exciting combination of favourite authors, characters and the latest debut novels.’
The overall winner for 2015 was the brilliant and original picture book The Days the Crayons Quit by Oliver Jeffers and Drew Daywalt’s.