Author of the Year - Rick Riordan was named favorite author of the year. Author of the popular Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, Riordan is currently on book tour for the latest title in his new series, The Throne of Fire (Kane Chronicles Series #2), releasing today.
Illustrator of the Year – Three-time Caldecott medalist David Wiesner was named favorite illustrator of the year for his book, Art & Max, which is both the story of a friendship between two lizards and an exploration of a creative process through different artistic media. Fans of the book and readers new to his work will enjoy this video about how he came up with the idea for this book.
Kindergarten to Second Grade Book of the Year - Little Pink Pup
by Joanna Kerby is the true story of a runt piglet adopted by a litter of dachshunds. This picture book features adorable photographs taken by the Kerby family and tied together with a simple text to engage young readers. The story of Pink and his adopted family has gotten a lot of media attention, and looking at the heartwarming photographs in this book, it's easy to see why.
Third Grade to Fourth Grade Book of the Year - Lunch Lady and the Summer Camp Shakedown by Jarrett J. Krosoczka. This is the second year Krosoczka has won the Children's Choice Book Awards with a Lunch Lady book. This humorous series about a vigilante cook continues to be a great favorite with young readers. Just because school is out for summer doesn't mean that the Lunch Lady or her posse of crime-fighting kids get to rest. When their summer camp is threatened by a radioactive swamp monster, they spring into action to get to the bottom of the mystery. Filled with action-packed illustrations and lots of humorous crime-fighting devices hidden in ordinary kitchen accessories --- such as a hand-held spatula-helicopter --- it's easy to see the appeal of the series: part Batman, part James Bond, all Lunch Lady.
Fifth Grade to Sixth Grade Book of the Year - Rick Riorday is a double winner this year, taking both favorite author and best 5th & 6th Grade book of the year with the first book in his new Kane Chronicles series: The Red Pyramid (Kane Chronicles Series #1). Siblings Carter and Sadie have been separated since their mother's death. But when their father --- famed Egyptologist Dr. Julius Kane --- brings them together for an “experiment” at the British Museum, they accidentally unleash the god Set, the dangerous Egyptian god of chaos. With their father banished to oblivion, the two children flee for their lives in a global journey where they uncover the truth about their family and their links to a secret society that has existed since the time of the pharaohs. The pace of these books is high-adventure, and no doubt The Kane Chronicles will do for Egyptian mythology what Percy Jackson did for Greek mythology.
Teen Choice Book of the Year - Will Grayson, Will Grayson is co-authored by John Green and David Levithan, each writing from the point of view of different characters with the same name. This book is set in high school among a group of friends embarking on a fabulous musical extravaganza. It asks the perennial question, "What's in a name?" and explores the way two people with the same name can live very different lives. Levithan, who has written other collaborative books, including popular titles with Rachel Cohn such as Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist, continues his gay-positive portrayal of teen life in this book, which features homosexual characters who are not exclusively bullied or shunned for their sexual identity.
For more about Children's Book Week, including a list of official events, visit the Children's Book Week website. For more about the Children's Choice Book Awards, including a list of the finalists, see the Children's Book Council website.
What books are the children in your life reading? What books would they vote for in the awards?
Sarah A. Wood, a reviewer for teenreads.com and kidsreads.com since 2003, is a lifetime reader and writer. She refuses to accept that there are people who don't like to read and stubbornly believes this is only because they have not met the right book yet.
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