Children's Book Award 2016 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?



Books for Younger Children

This Book Just Ate My Dog
Richard Byrne
Shortlisted for the UKLA 2016 Book Award in the 3 - 6 year old category. Shortlisted for Children's Book Award 2016, Books for Younger Children category - Shortlisted for Oscar's First Book Prize 2015 A little girl, a big dog,... Featured in: 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/01/2015
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Fabulous Pie
Gareth Edwards
Shortlisted for Children's Book Award 2016, Books for Younger Children category Fabulous Pie is shortlisted for the Children's Book Award, the only children's prize selected by children. In the story a bear calls out to the other inhabitants of the forest... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/03/2015
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Is There a Dog in This Book?
Viviane Schwarz
Winner of the Children's Book Award 2016, Books for Younger Children category With an irresistible story that directly involves the reader, this book's clever design and bright, gestural illustrations make for a LOT of fun for cat (and dog) lovers!... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/11/2015
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Ready, Steady, Jump!
Jeanne Willis
Shortlisted for Children's Book Award 2016, Books for Younger Children category Everyone knows that elephants can't jump – it's something to do with their knees. The little elephant in this book is desperate to jump like his friends and not... Featured in: 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/07/2015
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Books for Younger Readers

Horrid Henry's Krazy Ketchup
Francesca Simon
Shortlisted for Children's Book Award 2016, Books for Younger Readers category Best-selling Francesca Simon tells four terrific new stories about the worst behaved boy in the world. Children everywhere... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/06/2014
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My Head Teacher is a Vampire Rat
Pamela Butchart
Winner of the Children's Book Award 2016, Books for Younger Readers category A third riotous adventure for Jodi, Maisie, Zach and all the rest in 4J including the fast-paced narrator, Izzy. This time, part of the school is suddenly put... Featured in: 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 09/01/2015
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Boy in the Tower
Polly Ho-Yen
Shortlisted for Children's Book Award 2016, Books for Younger Readers category - Shortlisted for the Waterstone's Best Fiction for 5-12's Award 2015 - Shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Award 2015 Best Story From the seventeenth floor of the tower... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 03/07/2014
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Books for Older Readers

Reader ReviewedSmart A Mysterious Crime, a Different Detective
Kim Slater
Shortlisted for Children's Book Award 2016, Books for Older Readers category - Shortlisted for the Waterstone's Best Fiction for Teens Award 2015 - June 2014 Debut of the Month Kieran watches the world carefully. He's good at noticing things that... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 12/02/2015
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Reader ReviewedListen to the Moon
Michael Morpurgo
Michael Morpurgo's much praised novel Listen to the Moon was inspired by a gruesome medal commemorating the sinking of the Lusitania 100 years ago off the coast of Co. Cork, and a newspaper report he came across during his research... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 25/09/2014
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Reader ReviewedApple and Rain
Sarah Crossan
Winner of the Children's Book Award 2016, Books for Older Readers category - Longlisted for the 2015 Guardian Children's Book prize - Shortlisted for the 2015 CILIP Carnegie Medal Apple is sure that one day her mother will return. And when... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 12/02/2015
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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.

The winners will be announced on Saturday 28th May 2016. The overall winner is awarded the Children's Book Award Silver Tree.

For more information visit www.fcbg.org.uk and @FCBGNews


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