Category: Awards

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

In an awards ceremony hosted by two literary giants, Betsy Bird from NYPL and Fuse 8 and Jon Scieszka, the 2015 Children’s Choice Book Awards were announced.  These awards are the only ones where the winners are selected by children and teens. Here are the winners in both children’s and teen categories:


Eva and Sadie and the Worst Haircut EVER!

Eva and Sadie and the Worst Haircut EVER! by Jeff Cohen, illustrated by Elanna Allen


3rd to 4th GRADE

Kali's Story: An Orphaned Polar Bear Rescue

Kali’s Story: An Orphaned Polar Bear Rescue by Jennifer Keats Curtis, illustrated by John Gomes


5th to 6th GRADE

The Dumbest Idea Ever!

The Dumbest Idea Ever by Jimmy Gownley



The One (The Selection, #3)

The One by Kiera Cass



The Thickety: A Path Begins

J. A. White for The Thickety: A Path Begins



The Truth About Alice

Jennifer Mathieu for The Truth about Alice




Chris Appelhans for Sparky! by Jenny Offill

2015 Edgar Award Winners


The winners of the 2015 Edgar Award Winners have been announced by the Mystery Writers of America. Here are the winners in the youth categories:


Greenglass House

Greenglass House by Kate Milford



The Art of Secrets

The Art of Secrets by James Klise

The shortlist for the 2015 CLiPPA has been announced. The UK award is given by the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education. It is the only book award that celebrates poetry for children specifically. The award winner will be announced in July. Here is the shortlist:

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Blue Balloons and Rabbit Ears by Hilda Offen

Give the Ball to the Poet: A New Anthology of Caribbean Poetry edited by Georgie Horrell, Aisha Spencer and Morag Styles

DownloadedFile My Life as a Goldfish Werewolf Club Rules

Let in the Stars edited by Mandy Coe

My Life as a Goldfish and Other Poems by Rachel Rooney, illustrated by Ellie Jenkins

Werewolf Club Rules by Joseph Coelho

The NSW Premier’s Literary Awards shortlists have been announced. The awards celebrate Australian writers. The winner will be announced in May. Here are the shortlists for the youth categories:


The Adventures of Sir Roderick, The Not-Very Brave Crossing

The Adventures of Sir Roderick the Not-Very Brave by James O’Loghlin

Crossing by Catherine Norton

The Duck and the Darklings Figgy in the World

The Duck and the Darklings by Glenda Millard and Stephen Michael King

Figgy in the World by Tamsin Janu

The First Voyage 21952818

The First Voyage by Allan Baillie

Rivertime by Trace Balla



Are You Seeing Me? The Book of Days

Are You Seeing Me? by Darren Groth

Book of Days by K.A. Barker

Cracked The Cracks in the Kingdom (The Colours of Madeleine, #2)

Cracked by Clare Strahan

The Cracks in the Kingdom by Jaclyn Moriarty

Razorhurst The Road to Gundagai

Razorhurst by Justine Larbalestier

The Road to Gundagai by Jackie French

2015 Eisner Award Nominations

The nominations for the 2015 Eisner Awards have been announced. These awards are for the best in comics and graphic novels and include specific categories for youth. Here are the nominees in those categories:

Best Publication for Early Readers (up to age 7)

BirdCatDog A Cat Named Tim and Other Stories

BirdCatDog by Lee Nordling & Meritxell Bosch
A Cat Named Tim And Other Stories by John Martz

Hello Kitty, Hello 40: A 40th Anniversary Tribute Mermin Volume 3: Deep Dive

Hello Kitty, Hello 40: A Celebration in 40 Stories edited by Traci N. Todd & Elizabeth Kawasaki Mermin, Book 3: Deep Dive by Joey Weiser


The Zoo Box by Ariel Cohn & Aron Nels Steinke


Best Publication for Kids (ages 8-12)

Batman: Li'l Gotham #2 El Deafo

Batman Li’l Gotham, vol. 2 by Derek Fridolfs & Dustin Nguyen
El Deafo by Cece Bell
I Was the Cat Little Nemo: Return to Slumberland #1

I Was the Cat by Paul Tobin & Benjamin Dewey
Little Nemo: Return to Slumberland by Eric Shanower & Gabriel Rodriguez

Tiny Titans: Return to the Treehouse

Tiny Titans: Return to the Treehouse by Art Baltazar & Franco


Best Publication for Teens (ages 13-17)

12724844 The Dumbest Idea Ever!

Doomboy by Tony Sandoval
The Dumbest Idea Ever by Jimmy Gownley

Lumberjanes #1 Meteor Men

Lumberjanes by Shannon Watters, Grace Ellis, Noelle Stevenson, & Brooke A. Allen
Meteor Men by Jeff Parker & Sandy Jarrell

The Shadow Hero The Wrenchies

The Shadow Hero by Gene Luen Yang & Sonny Liew

The Wrenchies by Farel Dalrymple

Mathical Book Prizes

The Children’s Book Council and Mathematical Science Research Institute have awarded the first Mathical: Books for Kids from Tots to Teens book prizes for books that “foster a love and curiosity for math.”  Here are the four winners, one in each age category.


Have You Seen My Dragon?

Have You Seen My Dragon? by Steve Light



One Big Pair of Underwear

One Big Pair of Underwear by Laura Gehl


GRADES 3-5 and 6-8

Really Big Numbers

Really Big Numbers by Richard Even Schwartz



Nearly Gone (Nearly Gone, #1)

Nearly Gone by Elle Cosimano

Minnesota Book Awards Winners

The 27th Annual Minnesota Book Awards have been announced. The books must be the work of a Minnesota author or illustrator. Here are the winners in the youth categories:


winter bees

Winter Bees and Other Poems of the Cold by Joyce Sidman and Rick Allen


West of the Moon by Margi Preus

2014 LA Times Book Prize

The 2014 LA Times Book Prizes have been announced. Reading Rainbow’s LeVar Burton won the Innovator’s Award.
Here is the winner for Young Adult Literature:

family romanov

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


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