Category: Awards

The Red House Children’s Book Award is the only national UK book award that is voted on entirely by children.  Children’s votes create the shortlist of titles and then select the winner in three categories.  The book with the most total votes also wins the overall award.  Here are this year’s winners:


The Day the Crayons Quit

The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt, illustrated by Oliver Jeffers



Demon Dentist

Demon Dentist by David Walliams



Split Second

Split Second by Sophie McKenzie

Children’s Choice Book Award Finalists

The Children’s Book Council and Every Child a Reader have announced the finalists for the 2015 Children’s Choice Book Awards.  The awards are given in seven categories and youth across the nation vote on the winners.  Finalists are chosen by votes from thousands of children and teens.  The winners will be announced during Children’s Book Week, May 4-10.

Here are the finalists in each category:



Duck, Duck, Moose! Eva and Sadie and the Worst Haircut EVER!

Duck, Duck, Moose! by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen, illustrated by Noah Z. Jones

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

How to Babysit a Grandma A Pet for Fly Guy (Fly Guy, #15)

How to Babysit a Grandma by Jean Reagan, illustrated by Lee Wildish

A Pet for Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold



Claude at the Beach The Glorkian Warrior Delivers a Pizza

Claude at the Beach by Alex T. Smith

The Glorkian Warrior Delivers a Pizza by James Kochalka

Happy Birthday, Babymouse (Babymouse #18) Kali's Story: An Orphaned Polar Bear Rescue

Happy Birthday, Babymouse by Jennifer L. Holm, illustrated by Matt Holm

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


Sisters by Raina Telgemeier



The Dumbest Idea Ever! Ice Dogs

The Dumbest Idea Ever! by Jimmy Gownley

Ice Dogs by Terry Lynn Johnson

Percy Jackson's Greek Gods The Return of Zita the Spacegirl (Zita the Spacegirl, #3)

Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods by Rick Riordan, illustrated by John Rocco

The Return of Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke

Temple Run: Race Through Time to Unlock Secrets of Ancient Worlds

Temple Run: Race Through Time to Unlock Secrets of Ancient Worlds by Tracey West



City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments, #6) Cress (The Lunar Chronicles, #3)

City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare

Cress by Marissa Meyer

I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban The One (The Selection, #3)

I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World by Malala Yousafzai, co-written by Patricia McCormick

The One by Kiera Cass

We Were Liars

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart



El Deafo The Thickety: A Path Begins

Cece Bell for El Deafo

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

Neighborhood Sharks: Hunting with the Great Whites of California's Farallon Islands A Snicker of Magic

Katherine Roy for Neighborhood Sharks: Hunting with the Great Whites of California’s Farallon Islands

Natalie Lloyd for A Snicker of Magic

The Last Wild

Piers Torday for The Last Wild



The Freedom Summer Murders When I Was the Greatest

Don Mitchell for The Freedom Summer Murders

Jason Reynolds for When I Was the Greatest

The Truth About Alice The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender

Jennifer Mathieu for The Truth About Alice

Leslye Walton for The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender

YALSA has selected the 2015 Great Graphic Novels for Teens.  The list includes 79 titles that are recommended for ages 12-18 and that are both high quality and appealing to a teen audience.  They also select a Top Ten which you see below:

47 Ronin Afterlife with Archie #5: Escape From Riverdale

47 Ronin. By Mike Richardson.  Illus. by Stan Sakai

Afterlife with Archie: Escape from Riverdale. By Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa. Illus. by Francesco Francavilla

22807866 In Real Life

Bad Machinery V.3: The Case of the Simple Soul. By John Allison

In Real Life. By Cory Doctorow, Jen Wang

Ms. Marvel, Vol. 1: No Normal Seconds: A Graphic Novel

Ms. Marvel: V.1. No Normal.  By G. Willow Wison. Illus. by Adrian Alphona

Seconds: a Graphic Novel. By Bryan Lee O’Malley

The Shadow Hero Through the Woods

The Shadow Hero. By Gene Luen Yang. Illus. by Sonny Liew

Through The Woods. By Emily Carroll

Trillium Wolf Children: Ame & Yuki

Trillium. By Jeff Lemire

Wolf Children: Ame & Yuki. By Mamoru Hosoda

The preview of this year’s selected 2015 Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People has been announced on the Children’s Book Council website.  This is a list created annually of “exceptional books for use in social studies classrooms (grades K-12), selected by an NCSS-appointed committee of social studies educators.”

The books should focus on human relations, represent a variety of cultures and have an original theme or perspective.  Books are selected in a variety of age categories:  Kindergarten to 2nd grade, 3rd to 5th grade, 6th to 8th grade, and 9th to 12th grade.  The books include both fiction and nonfiction titles.

The shortlist has been announced for the 2015 Waterstones Children’s Book Prize.  There are 18 books on the shortlist for this British children’s book prize and refreshingly 15 of them are by women.  The winner in each category as well as the overall winner will be announced on March 26.


Atlas of Adventures: A collection of natural wonders, exciting experiences and fun festivities from the four corners of the globe. Blown Away

Atlas of Adventures by Lucy Letherland, words by Rachel Williams

Blown Away by Rob Biddulph

The Dawn Chorus The Queen's Hat

The Dawn Chorus by Suzanne Barton

The Queen’s Hat by Steve Antony

The Sea Tiger Where Bear?

The Sea Tiger by Victoria Turnbull

Where Bear? by Sophy Henn



A Boy Called Hope Boy In The Tower

A Boy Called Hope by Lara Williamson

Boy in the Tower by Polly Ho-Yen

Cowgirl Girl With a White Dog

Cowgirl by G. Gemin

Girl with a White Dog by Anne Booth

Murder Most Unladylike (Wells and Wong, #1) Violet and the Pearl of the Orient

Murder Most Unladylike by Robin Stevens

Violet and the Pearl of the Orient by Harriet Whitehorn, illustrated by Becka Moor



The Apple Tart of Hope Dead Ends

The Apple Tart of Hope by Sarah Moore Fitzgerald

Dead Ends by Erin Jade Lange

Half Bad (Half Bad, #1) Only Ever Yours

Half Bad by Sally Green

Only Ever Yours by Louise O’Neill

Smart The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender

Smart by Kim Slater

The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton

2015 Rainbow List

The Rainbow Project is a joint project of the ALA Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table and Social Responsibilities Round Table.  Each year they select The Rainbow List, books with “significant gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender content, and which are aimed at youth, birth through age 18.” 

Here is their Top Ten list:

Cinnamon Toast and the End of the World Far From You

Cinnamon Toast and the End of the World by Janet E. Cameron

Far from You by Tess Sharpe

Grasshopper Jungle I'll Give You the Sun

Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith

I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

Not Every Princess Secret City

Not Every Princess by Jeffrey Bone and Lisa Bone

Secret City by Julia Watts

Sweet Tooth Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel

Sweet Tooth by Tim Anderson

Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel by Sara Farizan

This Day in June We Are The Youth

This Day in June by Gayle E. Pitman, illustrated by Kristyna Litten

We Are the Youth: Sharing the Stories of LGBT Youth in the United States by Laurel Golio and Diana Scholl

The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation and the de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection at The University of Southern Mississippi have announced the winners of the 2015 Ezra Jack Keats Book Award.  The award celebrates a new writer and a new illustrator of children’s books each year. 


Hana Hashimoto, Sixth Violin

Chieri Uegaki for Hana Hashimoto, Sixth Violin



Shh! We Have a Plan

Chris Haughton for Shh! We Have a Plan

Here are the 20 books on the longlist for The Carnegie Medal, a British award for exceptional writing for youth.  The shortlist will be announced on March 17.Apple and Rain Buffalo Soldier

Apple and Rain by Sarah Crossan

Buffalo Soldier by Tanya Landman

Close Your Pretty Eyes The Company of Ghosts

Close Your Pretty Eyes by Sally Nicholls

The Company of Ghosts by Berlie Doherty

Cuckoo Song The Fastest Boy in the World

Cuckoo Song by Frances Hardinge

The Fastest Boy in the World by Elizabeth Laird

Grasshopper Jungle Hello Darkness

Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith

Hello Darkness by Anthony McGowan

The Middle of Nowhere Monkey and Me

The Middle of Nowhere by Geraldine McCaughrean

Monkey and Me by David Gilman

More Than This My Brother's Shadow

More Than This by Patrick Ness

My Brother’s Shadow by Tom Avery

Picture Me Gone Scarlet Ibis

Picture Me Gone by Meg Rosoff

Scarlet Ibis by Gill Lewis

Smart Tinder

Smart by Kim Slater

Tinder by Sally Gardner, illustrated by David Roberts

Trouble Us Minus Mum

Trouble by Non Pratt

Us Minus Mum by Heather Butler

When Mr. Dog Bites The Year of the Rat

When Mr. Dog Bites by Brian Conaghan

The Year of the Rat by Clare Furniss

2015 Kate Greenaway Medal Longlist

Here are the 20 longlisted titles for the 2015 Kate Greenaway Medal, a British award for best illustration.  The shortlist will be announced on March 17.

Dark Satanic Mills Fortunately, the Milk Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse (Goth Girl, #1)

Dark Satanic Mills by Marcus and Julian Sedgwick, illustrated by John Higgins and Marc Olivent

Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Chris Riddell

Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse by Chris Riddell

The Great War: An Anthology Inspired by Objects from the First World War Hermelin: The Detective Mouse

The Great War: An Anthology of Stories Inspired by Objects from the First World War by various authors, illustrated by Jim Kay

Hermelin: the Detective Mouse by Mini Grey

Jim's Lion Mr. Tiger Goes Wild

Jim’s Lion by Russell Hoban, illustrated by Alexis Deacon

Mr. Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown

17165875 On Sudden Hill

Mr. Wuffles by David Wiesner

On Sudden Hill by Linda Sarah, illustrated by Benji Davies

The Pilot and the Little Prince: The Life of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry The Promise

The Pilot and the Little Prince by Peter Sis

The Promise by Nicola Davies, illustrated by Laura Carlin

Rules of Summer Shackleton's Journey

Rules of Summer by Shaun Tan

Shackleton’s Journey by William Grill

Shh! We Have a Plan Smelly Louie

Shh! We Have a Plan by Chris Haughton

Smelly Louise by Catherine Rayner

The Something Tinder Tiny Creatures: The World of Microbes

The Something by Rebecca Cobb

Tinder by Sally Gardner, illustrated by David Roberts

Tiny: the Invisible World of Microbes by Nicola Davies, illustrated by Emily Sutton

Wayland What If...?

Wayland by Tony Mitton, illustrated by John Lawrence

What If…? by Anthony Browne

Notable seal image

The Association for Library Service to Children have announced their list of the 2015 Notable Children’s Books.  The books are selected by committee and are defined as “Worthy of note or notice, important, distinguished, outstanding. As applied to children’s books, notable should be thought to include books of especially commendable quality, books that exhibit venturesome creativity, and books of fiction, information, poetry and pictures for all age levels (birth through age 14) that reflect and encourage children’s interests in exemplary ways.”

The list covers preschool through grade 8.  Lots of great reads!


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