Category: Awards

The shortlist for the Red House Children’s Book Award have been announced.  The Red House Children’s Book Award is the only national UK book prize that is voted on entirely by children.  It is divided into three age-specific categories.  Here is the shortlist:



The Day the Crayons Quit Dragon Loves Penguin

The Day the Crayons Quit by Oliver Jeffers and Drew Daywalt

Dragon Loves Penguin by Debi Gliori (Published as Dragon’s Extraordinary Egg in the US)

Go to Sleep or I Let Loose the Leopard That Is Not a Good Idea!

Go to Sleep or I Let Loose the Leopard by Steve Cole and Bruce Ingman

That Is Not a Good Idea by Mo Willems



Baby Aliens Got My Teacher! The Bomber Dog Demon Dentist

Baby Aliens Got My Teacher by Pamela Butchart

The Bomber Dog by Mega Rix

Demon Dentist by David Walliams



Noble Conflict Prince of the Icemark (The Icemark Chronicles, #0.5) Split Second

Noble Conflict by Malorie Blackman

Prince of the Icemark by Stuart Hill

Split Second by Sophie McKenzie


The nominations for the 2015 CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals have been announced.  The Carnegie Medal is awarded for an outstanding book for children and young people.  The Kate Greenaway Medal is for an outstanding book in terms of illustration for children and young people.  These awards from the UK can be seen as very similar to the Newbery and Caldecott Awards in the US. 

There are 91 books nominated for the 2015 Carnegie Medal and 71 nominated for the Greenaway Medal

Celebrating the role of Australian authors, the shortlists for the 2014 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards have been announced.  Two of the shortlists are for teen and children’s fiction:


Kissed by the Moon My Life as an Alphabet

Kissed by the Moon by Alison Lester

My Life as an Alphabet by Barry Jonsberg (published as The Categorical Universe of Candice Phee in the US)

Rules of Summer The Silver Button

Rules of Summer by Shaun Tan

Silver Button by Bob Graham

Song for a Scarlet Runner

Song for a Scarlet Runner by Julie Hunt



The First Third Girl Defective The Incredible Here and Now

The First Third by Will Kostakis

Girl Defective by Simmone Howell

The Incredible Here and Now by Felicity Castagna

Life in Outer Space Pureheart

Life in Outer Space by Melissa Keil

Pureheart by Cassandra Golds

2014 National Book Award Finalists

On my way to work today, I got the thrill of hearing the National Book Award finalists being announced on NPR.  I rather enjoy being able to shout with joy on my way to work, and some of the finalists for Young People’s Literature definitely had me cheering:

Brown Girl Dreaming Noggin

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

Noggin by John Corey Whaley

The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights 

The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny and the Fight for Civil Rights by Steve Sheinkin

Revolution Threatened

Revolution by Deborah Wiles

Threatened by Eliot Schrefer

The shortlist for the 2014 Guardian Children’s Fiction Award has been announced.  Here is my favorite quote about the books from the article in The Guardian:

Carnegie and Guardian children’s ficiton prize winner Frank Cottrell Boyce sums it up: “We have space and squirrels, secrets and fantasies – a list of amazing diversity and exuberant invention”.

And here is the shortlist:

The Dark Wild Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures

The Dark Wild by Pier Torday

Flora & Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo

Phoenix We Were Liars

Phoenix by SF Said

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

The finalists for the Kirkus Young Readers Prize are selected from all of the books given a starred review by Kirkus between November 1, 2013 and October 31, 2014.  For the Young Readers category, six books were selected: two in each age category of picture book, middle grade and teen. 

Here are the finalists:

Aviary Wonders Inc. Spring Catalog and Instruction Manual El Deafo

Aviary Wonders Inc.: Spring Catalog and Instruction Manual by Kate Samworth

El Deafo by Cece Bell

The Freedom Summer Murders The Key That Swallowed Joey Pigza (Joey Pigza, #5)

The Freedom Summer Murders by Don Mitchell

The Key That Swallowed Joey Pigza by Jack Gantos

The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus The Story of Owen (Dragon Slayer of Trondheim, #1)

The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus by Jen Bryant, illustrated by Melissa Sweet

The Story of Owen: Dragon Slayer of Trondheim by E. K. Johnston

The National Book Foundation has announced the longlist for the 2014 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature.  The five finalists will be announced on October 15th with the winner named on November 19th at the National Book Awards ceremony.  Here are the ten titles on the longlist:

100 Sideways Miles brown girl dreaming Girls Like Us

100 Sideways Miles by Andrew Smith

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

Girls Like Us by Gail Giles

Greenglass House The Impossible Knife of Memory Noggin

Greenglass House by Kate Milford

The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson

Noggin by John Corey Whaley

The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights Revolution

The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights by Steven Sheinkin

Revolution by Deborah Wiles

Skink--No Surrender Threatened

Skink – No Surrender by Carl Hiaasen

Threatened by Eliot Schrefer

Cybils Call for Judges


Another year of the Cybils is upon us!  Time to start going through your lists of favorites for the year and coming up with awesome nominations for the best books.  But before the nominations open, there is the annual call for judges!

If you are a blogger, this is a great way to get involved with the larger kid-lit online community.  It’s also a great way to read books that you missed and debate books with others who are just as passionate as you are.

Join in the fun, you will be glad you did!

2014 South Asia Book Awards

Author and blogger extraordinaire Mitali Perkins has the announcement of the South Asia Book Award for Children’s and Young Adult Literature.  Here are the honorees:



A Moment Comes Razia's Ray of Hope: One Girl's Dream of an Education

A Moment Comes by Jennifer Bradbury

Razia’s Ray of Hope: One Girl’s Dream of an Education by Elizabeth Suneby



Bye, Bye, Motabhai! 16290039

Bye, Bye, Motabhai! by Kala Sambasivan, illustrated by Ambika Sambasivan

Gandhi: A March to the Sea by Alice B. McGinty

The Garden of My Imaan Mother Teresa: Saint of the Slums: Campfire Biography-Heroes Line

The Garden of My Imaan by Farhana Zia

Mother Teresa: Angel of the Slums by Lewis Helfand, art by Sachin Nagar



The Fantastic Adventures of Krishna Gobble You Up! In Andal's House

The Fantastic Adventures of Krishna written and illustrated by Demi

Gobble You Up! by Gita Wolf, art by Sunita

In Andal’s House by Gloria Whelan, illustrations by Amanda Hall

My Basmati Bat Mitzvah Torn

My Basmati Bat Mitzvah by Paula J Freedman

Torn by David Massey

Booktrust Best Book Awards

The winners of the new Booktrust Best Book Awards have been announced.  The winners were selected by 12,000 schoolchildren in the UK, selecting titles from shortlisted titles in six categories.  Here are the winners in each category:


Peck, Peck, Peck

Peck Peck Peck by Lucy Cousins



Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made

Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made by Stephan Pastis



Hard Luck (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, #8)

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck by Jeff Kinney



Operation Ouch!: Your Brilliant Body

Operation Ouch!: Your Brilliant Body by Doctor Chris and Xand van Tulleken



The Fault in Our Stars

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green


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