Today the shortlist has been announced for the Red House Children’s Book Award, the only national book award in the UK voted entirely for by children.
Here’s who’s made it onto the shortlist:
For Younger Children
For Younger Readers
For Older Readers
Congratulations to all those authors and illustrators who are shortlisted!
And how does the winner of the award get selected? Well here’s where you come in…
If your children read all the books in any of the given categories, they can vote for their favourite on the Red House Children’s Book Award website. Their votes will be added to the votes cast in schools across the UK, and the category winners, and the overall winner will be announced at a special ceremony in London as part of the Imagine festival, on February 23rd.
I’ve a special interest in this award as it is owned and co-ordinated by the Federation of Children’s Book Groups, a charity with whom I volunteer. The Federation’s aim is to to promote enjoyment and interest in children’s books and reading and to encourage the availability of books for children of all ages, from first picture books to young adult. Through their network of local groups they co-ordinate the long-list testing, and then the majority of the shortlist voting, with literally tens of thousands of children taking part.
If you want to find out more about the books which have been shortlisted, make sure you follow the blog tour the Federation has put together over the next couple of weeks. There will be prizes to be won, including sets of all the books in each category and tickets to the award ceremony in London. The first stop of the tour is tomorrow over at The Book Sniffer.