More than 1.3 million young readers have spoken: The 2015 Children’s Choice Book Awards are out.
Kids from kindergarten through high school cast votes for their favorite books, authors, and illustrators. The awards were announced during Children’s Book Week, May 4-10. Children’s Book Week is the longest-running national literacy initiative in the United States.
“The titles that kids are excited about are diverse. They showcase the breadth of everyone’s experience,” said Nicole Deming of the Children’s Book Council, a nonprofit trade association of children’s book publishers and producers of related materials pertaining to children’s books and literature. The Children’s Book Council sponsors the awards along with Every Child a Reader, a nonprofit charity dedicated to instilling a lifelong love of reading in children.
Besides the four traditional categories in different age groups, there were three new categories this year: Children’s Choice Debut Author, Teen Choice Debut Author, and Children’s Choice Illustrator. The winners and finalists included graphic novels traditional stories. Here are the winners and the runners-up:
Kindergarten through 2nd grade: Eva and Sadie and the Worst Haircut EVER! by Jeff Cohen. Finalists were Duck, Duck Moose! by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen, A Pet for Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold, How to Babysit a Grandma by Jean Reagan, and Frances Dean Who Loved to Dance and Dance by Birgitta Sif.
Third through fourth grade: Kali’s Story: An Orphaned Polar Bear Rescue by Jennifer Keats Curtis. Finalists were Claude at the Beach by Alex T. Smith, The Glorkian Warrior Delivers a Pizza by James Kochalka, Happy Birthday, Babymouse by Jennifer L. Holm and Matt Holm, and Sisters by Raina Telgemeier.
Fifth through sixth grade: The Dumbest Idea Ever! by Jimmy Gownley. Finalists were Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods by Rick Riordan, Ice Dogs by Terry Lynn Johnson, The Return of Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke, and Temple Run: Race Through Time by Tracey West.
Teen choice: The One by Kiera Cass. Finalists were I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai with Patrick McCormick, Cress by Marissa Meyer, City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare, and We Were Liars by E. Lockhart.
Teen Choice Debut Author: The Truth About Alice by Jennifer Mathieu. Finalists were When I Was the Greatest by Jason Reynolds, The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslie Walton, Half Bad by Sally Green, and The Freedom Summer Murders by Don Mitchell.
Children’s Choice Debut Author: The Thickety: A Path Begins by J.A. White. Finalists were A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd, The Last Wild by Piers Torday, Neighborhood Sharks by Katherine Roy, and El Deafo by Cece Bell.
Children’s Choice Illustrator: Sparky! illustrated by Chris Appelhans. Finalists were Hooray for Hat! illustrated by Brian Won, Have You Seen My Dragon? illustrated by Steve Light, Gaston illustrated by Kelly DiPucchio, and Viva Frida illustrated by Yuyi Morales with Tim O’Meara.
The Children’s Book Council also offers an online tool to help parents, tutors, and young readers search for books by age, format, genre, seasonal theme, and past Children’s Choice Book Award winners.