Category: Awards


The winners of the 2015 Waterstone’s Book Prize have been announced. This UK prize has three age groups and then an overall winner selected from those three. This year the overall winner was a debut book and also only the second picture book to take the overall prize.

OVERALL WINNER

Blown Away

Blown Away by Rob Biddulph

 

BEST TEEN BOOK

Half Bad (Half Bad, #1)

Half Bad by Sally Green

 

BEST YOUNG FICTION

Murder Most Unladylike (Wells and Wong, #1)

Murder Most Unladylike by Robin Stevens

Lambda Literary Award Finalists

The finalists for the 2015 Lammys have been announced. There are many categories to this award, and one of them is LGBT Children’s/Young Adult books.  Here are the finalists in that category:

Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out Double Exposure

Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out by Susan Kuklin

Double Exposure by Bridget Birdsall

Five, Six, Seven, Nate! Forgive Me If I've Told You This Before

Five, Six, Seven, Nate! by Tim Federle

Forgive Me If I’ve Told You This Before by Karelia Stetz-Waters

Lies We Tell Ourselves Pukawiss The Outcast

Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley

Pukawiss the Outcast by Jay Jordan Hawke

This is Not a Love Story (Love Story Universe) When Everything Feels like the Movies

This Is Not a Love Story by Suki Fleet

When Everything Feels Like the Movies by Raziel Reid

The short list for the 25th Children’s Books Ireland Book of the Year Awards has been announced. Winners will be announced in May. The books are for all ages and must be written in English or Irish by authors or illustrators born or residing in Ireland.  Here is the short list:

When Mr. Dog Bites Apple and Rain

When Mr. Dog Bites by Brian Conaghan

Apple and Rain by Sarah Crossan

Shh! We Have a Plan Once Upon an Alphabet: Short Stories for All the Letters

Shh! We Have a Plan by Chris Haughton

Once Upon an Alphabet by Oliver Jeffers

The Apple Tart of Hope Daideo

The Apple Tart of Hope by Sarah Moore Fitzgerald

Daideo by Áine Ní Ghlinn

Only Ever Yours Haiku: más é do thoil é!

Only Ever Yours by Louise O’Neill

Haiku Más é do thoil é! by Gabriel Rosenstock illustrated by Brian Fitzgerald

Primperfect Beyond the Stars: Twelve Tales of Adventure, Magic and Wonder

Primperfect by Deirdre Sullivan

Beyond the Stars compiled by Sarah Webb

28,000 Scottish school children voted on the winners of the Scottish Children’s Book Awards.  Here are the winners, including one of the youngest Scottish authors, Alex McCall, at age 21.

BOOKBUG READERS (Ages 3-7)

Robot Rumpus!

Ross Collins for the illustrations of Robot Rumpus, written by Sean Taylor

 

YOUNGER READERS (Ages 8-11)

Attack of the Giant Robot Chickens

Alex McCall for Attack of the Giant Robot Chickens

 

OLDER READERS (Ages 12-16)

Mosi's War

Cathy MacPhail for Mosi’s War

2015 Golden Kite Winners

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The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) has announced the winners of their Golden Kite Awards and the Sid Fleischman Award. These awards are unique because they are the only ones judged by a jury of author and illustrator peers.  Here are the winners in each category as well as the honor books:

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

FICTION WINNER

Revolution by Deborah Wiles

NONFICTION WINNER

The Family Romanov by Candace Fleming

The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus A Dance Like Starlight: One Ballerina's Dream

PICTURE BOOK ILLUSTRATION WINNER

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

PICTURE BOOK TEXT WINNER

A Dance Like Starlight: One Ballerina’s Dream by Kristy Dempsey, illustrated by Floyd Cooper

 

Dory Fantasmagory Freedom Summer: The 1964 Struggle for Civil Rights in Mississippi

FICTION HONOR

Dory Fantasmagory by Abby Hanlon

NONFICTION HONOR

Freedom Summer: The 1964 Struggle for Civil Rights in Mississippi by Susan Goldman Rubin

18475599 The Baby Tree

PICTURE BOOK ILLUSTRATION HONOR

The Farmer and the Clown by Marla Frazee

PICTURE BOOK TEXT HONOR

The Baby Tree by Sophie Blackall

 

SID FLEISCHMAN AWARD FOR HUMOR

Evil Librarian

Evil Librarian by Michelle Knudsen

2015 Blue Peter Book Awards

Blue Peter Book Awards 2015

The Blue Peter Book Awards are voted on by over 200 children from 10 schools across the UK.  A panel of judges decide the shortlist which is then voted on by the children. Here are the winners:

BEST STORY

The Spy who loved School Dinners

The Spy Who Loved School Dinners by Pamela Butchart, illustrated by Thomas Flintham

 

BEST BOOK WITH FACTS

The Silly Book of Side-Splitting Stuff

The Silly Book of Side-Splitting Stuff by Andy Seed, illustrated by Scott Garrett

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:

YOUNG CHILDREN WINNER AND OVERALL WINNER

The Day the Crayons Quit

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

 

YOUNGER READERS WINNER

Demon Dentist

Demon Dentist by David Walliams

 

OLDER READERS WINNER

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:

 

KINDERGARTEN to 2ND GRADE

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

 

3RD to 4TH GRADE

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

Sisters by Raina Telgemeier

 

5TH to 6TH GRADE

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

 

TEEN BOOK OF THE YEAR

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

 

CHILDREN’S CHOICE DEBUT AUTHOR

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

 

TEEN CHOICE DEBUT AUTHOR

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, illus.by 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.

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