The Children's Book Award is now in its 39th year and is owned and run by the Federation of Children's Book Groups, a charity set up by Anne Wood, the Founder and Creator of Ragdoll Productions and the originator of The Teletubbies. 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.
The FCBG is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, with a host of exciting activities, launches and events through the year. It acts as an umbrella organisation for local Children’s Book Groups all over the UK. The groups organise a variety of activities including author events and other activities that promote the enjoyment of children’s books.
The full shortlist for the Children’s Book Award 2019 is as follows:
Books for Younger Children
Mixed, written and illustrated by Arree Chung, published by Macmillan Children’s Books
The Last Chip: The Story of a Very Hungry Pigeon, written and illustrated by Duncan Beedie, published by Templar
The Wondrous Dinosaurium, written by John Condon and illustrated by Steve Brown, published by Maverick
What Do You Do If Your House Is A Zoo, written by John Kelly and illustrated by Steph Laberis, published by Little Tiger Press
Books for Younger Readers
Funny Kid Stand Up, written and illustrated by Matt Stanton, published by HarperCollins Children’s Books
Mr Penguin and The Fortress of Secrets, written and illustrated by Alex T Smith, published by Hodder Children’s Books
The Dog Who Lost His Bark, written by Eoin Colfer and illustrated by PJ Lynch, published by Walker Books
Books for Older Readers
Armistice Runner, written by Tom Palmer, published by Barrington Stoke
The Light Jar, written by Lisa Thompson, published by Scholastic
The Storm Keeper’s Island, written by Catherine Doyle, published by Bloomsbury
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.
Sarah Stuffins, Children’s Book Award Coordinator says ‘Last year saw the Federation of Children’s Book Groups’ 50th year, and more children than ever engaging with the Children’s Book Award. This year’s shortlist really does have something for everything and shows the incredible breadth of talent in the children’s book world. We are in a golden age of children’s publishing - something to be celebrated - and access to books has never been more important. We congratulate all our Top Ten authors and can’t wait to find out who is the children’s choice this year. We’re thrilled to have BookLife on board again this year as our sponsors – many thanks to them and all the publishers who submit books for their support of the award.’
Any child or young person across the UK can participate and the voting decides the selection of the Category Winners and Overall Winner.
Vote online here - www.fcbg.org.uk/childrens-book-award-2019.
The deadline for online voting is 12.00 Friday 10th May 2019. The category winners and the author of the best children’s book published in the 2018 nomination period will be announced at a glittering awards ceremony which takes place in Central London Saturday 8th June 2019.
For more information visit www.fcbg.org.uk and to see updates, you can follow on twitter @CBACoordinator #FBCGCBA17 or visit the Children's Book Award facebook page where you can follow the blog tour visiting each book on the shortlist. Download a full a full itinery here.