Children’s Book Week is Coming…Will You Help Your Child Vote?

are hosting the “the fourth annual Children’s Choice Book Awards Program with the announcement of 30 finalists in six categories, including Author and Illustrator of the Year.”  Here is the list of titles from which to vote:
Kindergarten to Second Grade Book of the Year:
Even Monsters Need Haircuts by Matthew McElligott (Walker)
Hot Rod Hamster by Cynthia Lord, illustrated by Derek Anderson (Scholastic Press)
How Rocket Learned to Read by Tad Hills (Schwartz & Wade/ Random House)
Little Pink Pup by Johanna Kerby (Putnam/Penguin)
Shark vs. Train by Chris Barton, illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld (Little, Brown)

Third Grade to Fourth Grade Book of the Year:
Babymouse # 12: Burns Rubber by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm (Random House)
Bad Kitty vs. Uncle Murray: The Uproar at the Front Door by Nick Bruel (Roaring Brook/Macmillan)
Encyclopedia Mythologica: Gods & Heroes by Matthew Reinhart and Robert Sabuda (Candlewick)
Finally by Wendy Mass (Scholastic Press)
Lunch Lady and the Summer Camp Shakedown by Jarrett J. Krosoczka (Knopf/Random House)

Fifth Grade to Sixth Grade Book of the Year:
Big Nate: In a Class by Himself by Lincoln Peirce (HarperCollins)
It’s a Book by Lane Smith (Roaring Brook/Macmillan)
The Red Pyramid (The Kane Chronicles, Book 1) by Rick Riordan (Disney-Hyperion)
Smile by Raina Telgemeier (Graphix/Scholastic)
Zebrafish by Peter H. Reynolds and FableVision (Atheneum/Simon & Schuster)

Teen Choice Book of the Year:
Burned (House of Night, Book 7) by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast (St. Martin’s Griffin/Macmillan)
Fang (A Maximum Ride Novel) by James Patterson (Little, Brown)
Mockingjay (The Final Book of The Hunger Games) by Suzanne Collins (Scholastic Press)
Spirit Bound (Vampire Academy, Book 5) by Richelle Mead (Razorbill/Penguin)
Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan (Dutton/Penguin)

Author of the Year:
Cassandra Clare for Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, Book 1) (McElderry/Simon & Schuster)
Suzanne Collins for Mockingjay (The Final Book of The Hunger Games) (Scholastic Press)
Jeff Kinney for Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth (Amulet/Abrams)
Stephenie Meyer for The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner (Megan Tingley/Little, Brown)
Rick Riordan for The Lost Hero (The Heroes of Olympus, Book 1) (Disney-Hyperion)

Illustrator of the Year:
Robin Preiss Glasser for Fancy Nancy and the Fabulous Fashion Boutique (HarperCollins)
Loren Long for Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters (Knopf/Random House)
Nancy Tillman for Wherever You Are: My Love Will Find You (Feiwel & Friends/Macmillan)
David Wiesner for Art & Max (Clarion/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
Mo Willems for Knuffle Bunny Free: An Unexpected Diversion (Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins)

My personal favorites include It’s a Book by Lane Smith, Mo Willems for his Pigeon books, and Nick Bruel for his Bad Kitty books. But, who knows who will win? Guess we’ll have to wait until the winner is announced live at the annual Children’s Choice Book Awards Gala on May 2 in New York City.

Do you have a particular favorite?

8 thoughts on “Children’s Book Week is Coming…Will You Help Your Child Vote?”

  1. Okay, I already see that Ellie and I will need to have a library trip to look at a few of these. The little girl who was Artemis for Halloween will probably need the Encyclopedia Mythologica no matter what! Thanks so much for sharing this, Bellezza. We'll have a fun time with it.


  2. So glad that these look good to you all! I'm so immersed in children's literature that I tend to take it for granted, but I'm always especially grateful to those who not only give us a story, but give the reluctant readers a desire to know more.


  3. I am a librarian at the local elementary school and we have quite a few of these titles in our library now. Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Rick Riordan's series, The Olympians, just don't stay on the shelves. I will definitely be checking out the titles we don't have for future purchases.


  4. Anonymous, I find The Diary Of a Wimpy Kid will reach so many of the boys in my class who always thought they didn't like reading. I've not yet read anything by Rick Riordan, but The Lightning Thief is next up for our class read aloud. Glad to know that they're so popular! I've only read The Hunger Games, but I wasn't so entranced I had to go ahead and finish the trilogy. I know I'm in the minority there! Thanks for stopping by, I hope these titles are helpful to you and your school.


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