Category: Awards


The longlist for the 2015 Guardian Children’s Fiction Award has been announced. This British award celebrates the best fiction writing for children.

Here are the books on the longlist:

All the Bright Places Apple and Rain

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

Apple and Rain by Sarah Crossan

El Deafo Five Children on the Western Front

El Deafo by Cece Bell

Five Children on the Western Front by Kate Saunders

An Island of Our Own The Lie Tree

An Island of Our Own by Sally Nicholls

The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge

My Name's Not Friday A Song for Ella Grey

My Name’s Not Friday by Jon Walter

A Song for Ella Grey by David Almond

What a year for teen graphic novels!

The 2015 Eisner Award Winnes have been announced and some of my favorite teen graphic novels of the year won in categories that are not limited to younger ages! Here are the winners that are either specifically for books for children and teens or that were won by those books:

BEST NEW SERIES

Lumberjanes, Vol. 1

Lumberjanes by Shannon Watters, Grace Ellis, Noelle Stevenson and Brooke A. Allen

 

BEST PUBLICATION FOR EARLY READERS (up to age 7)

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The Zoo Box by Ariel Cohn & Aron Nels Steinke

 

BEST PUBLICATION FOR KIDS (ages 8-12)

El Deafo

El Deafo by Cece Bell

 

BEST PUBLICATION FOR TEENS (ages 13-17)

Lumberjanes, Vol. 1

Lumberjanes by Shannon Watters, Grace Ellis, Noelle Stevenson and Brooke A. Allen

 

BEST GRAPHIC ALBUM – NEW

This One Summer

This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki & Jillian Tamaki

 

BEST GRAPHIC ALBUM – REPRINT

Through the Woods

Through the Woods by Emily Carroll

 

BEST WRITER

Avatar: The Last Airbender: Smoke and Shadow, Part 1 (Smoke and Shadow, #1) The Shadow Hero

Gene Luen Yang for Avatar the Last Airbender and The Shadow Hero

 

BEST WRITER/ARTIST

Sisters

Raina Telgemeier for Sisters

Dogger All about Alfie

Shirley Hughes, the popular and prolific author of Dogger and the Alfie series, has won the inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award from Book Trust. She was presented with the award as part of Children’s Book Week.

From the Telegraph article:

Her characters are imprinted on the memories of two or three generations, a recognition of their enduring charm. Shirley continues to innovate and create, providing young children with a love of reading that we know will give them a great start in life.

We often hear about ‘national treasures’, but Shirley Hughes is up there with the best.

The winners of the Carnegie and Greenaway Medals were announced at the British Library in London.

CILIP Carnegie Medal

Buffalo Soldier

Tanya Landman for Buffalo Soldier

 

CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal

Shackleton's Journey

William Grill for Shackleton’s Journey

The Children’s Book Council and the International Literacy Association have released the 2015 Children’s Choices List. The list is voted on by over 36,000 children across the United States, who read newly-published books.

This list has been going on for over 40 years, starting in 1974. The pdf of the list is beautifully designed too, something worth printing and having at the Children’s Services desk at your library.

Giving Voice

GalleyCat has the news that Jacqueline Woodson has been named the new Young People’s Poet Laureate by the Poetry Foundation. She began her two-year tenure at the beginning of June.

The Poetry Foundation has a great interview with Woodson that focuses on poetry and Woodson’s work. And of course Woodson answers in poetic fashion:

I would love for everyone to listen to the poetry inside of them. I would love for everyone to believe that they have a poem to write, say, sing, rap, dance—and then execute that poem. I’m thinking about collaborations across race and class and gender. I’m thinking about old poets and young poets sharing stages. I’m thinking about young poets getting published and about young people discussing Ferguson and Guantanamo Bay and high-stakes testing and helicopter parenting and housing and health care—my lists go on and on—through poetry. I’m thinking about giving voices to and back to young silenced people.

School Library Journal has the news of the winners of the 2015 Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards. Here are the winners:

PICTURE BOOK AWARD WINNER

The Farmer and the Clown

The Farmer and the Clown by Marla Frazee

PICTURE BOOK HONORS

It's Only Stanley Once Upon an Alphabet: Short Stories for All the Letters

It’s Only Stanley by Jon Agee

Once Upon an Alphabet by Oliver Jeffers

 

FICTION AWARD WINNER

Cartwheeling in Thunderstorms

Cartwheeling in Thunderstorms by Katherine Rundell

FICTION HONORS

Egg & Spoon Challenger Deep

Egg & Spoon by Gregory Maguire

Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman

 

NONFICTION AWARD WINNER

The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion, and the Fall of Imperial Russia

The Family Romanov by Candace Fleming

NONFICTION HONORS

The Boys Who Challenged Hitler: Knud Pedersen and the Churchill Club Brown Girl Dreaming

The Boys Who Challenged Hitler by Phillip Hoose

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

ABIA 2015 Book of the Year winner

Galleycat has the news that a children’s book has won the 2015 Australian Book Industry Awards. The 52-Storey Treehouse by Andy Griffiths, illustrated by Terry Denton won the overall Book of the Year award as well as the Book of the Year for Younger Children. The book is the fourth in the Treehouse series that combines silly illustrations and funny antics into zany comedy for young readers.

Here are the winners of the other 2015 children’s book awards:

BOOK OF THE YEAR FOR OLDER CHILDREN

ABIA 2015 Book of the Year for Older Children winner

Withering-by-Sea by Judith Russell

SMALL PUBLISHER’S CHILDREN’S BOOK OF THE YEAR

Tea and Sugar Christmas

Tea and Sugar Christmas by Jane Jolly and Robert Ingpen

Once Upon an Alphabet: Short Stories for All the Letters

Oliver Jeffers has become only the third person to ever win both the Children’s Books Ireland Book of the Year and their Children’s Choice Award for the same book. Jeffers took both awards for his Once Upon an Alphabet.

Here are the other CBI Awards:

Honour Award for Illustration

Chris Haughton for Shh! We Have a Plan

Honour Award for Fiction

Áine Ní Ghlinn for Daideo

Judges’ Special Award

Gabriel Rosenstock and Brian Fitzgerald for Haiku Más é do thoil é!

Eilís Dillon Award for a first children’s book:

Louise O’Neill for Only Ever Yours

The UK’s Branford Boase Award focuses on debut novels for children and teens. Here are the shortlisted titles for this year:

Bone Jack Cowgirl

Bone Jack by Sara Crowe

Cowgirl by Giancarlo Gemin

The Dark Inside Half Bad (Half Bad, #1)

The Dark Inside by Rupert Wallis

Half Bad by Sally Green

Leopold Blue Trouble

Leopold Blue by Rosie Rowell

Trouble by Non Pratt

The Year of the Rat

The Year of the Rat by Clare Furniss

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