We are delighted to announce the shortlist for the Children’s Book Award 2017. Among those shortlisted are bestselling children’s authors Robin Stevens and Mark Lowery, as well as award-winning illustrators Jim Field and Benji Davies.
Who will win? Children nationwide are now invited to vote for their favourite of the ten shortlisted books. The category winners and overall winner will be announced at a glittering awards ceremony, which takes place in Central London on Saturday 10th June 2017. The winners will be announced during the ceremony via our Twitter feed @FCBGNews #FCBGCBA17 and full reports and photos will be posted here soon afterwards.
The Children’s Book Award is the only national award for children’s books that is voted for entirely by children. It is owned and co-ordinated by the Federation of Children’s Book Groups and is highly respected by teachers, parents and librarians. It has brought acclaim and strong sales to past winners such as JK Rowling, Patrick Ness, Andy Stanton, Malorie Blackman, Anthony Horowitz and Michael Morpurgo, who has won a record three times and is shortlisted again this year.
The award has often been the first to recognise the future stars of children’s fiction and has the ability to turn popular authors into bestsellers.
The full shortlist for the Children’s Book Award 2017 is as follows:
Books for Younger Children
Chicken Nugget, Michelle Robinson, illustrated by Tom McLaughlin, published by Puffin
Oi Dog, Kes Gray and Claire Gray and illustrated by Jim Field, published by Hodder
Grandad’s Island, Benji Davies, published by Simon and Schuster
Gracie Grabbit and the Tiger, Helen Stephens, published by Scholastic
Books for Younger Readers
The Accidental Pirates (Voyage to Magical North), Claire Fayer, published by Macmillan
An Eagle in the Snow Michael Morpurgo, illustrated by Michael Foreman, published by Harper Collins
The Jam Doughnut that Ruined my Life Mark Lowery, illustrated by Hannah Shaw, published by Piccadilly
Books for Older Readers
In the next few weeks we will host guest posts from the shortlisted authors/illustrators. We look forward to welcoming them all on here.
Voting opens today and closes at 12.00 on Friday 12th May if you are voting online.
Votes can be submitted by clicking on the through link here and on our Children’s Book Award voting page. Remember only children can vote and you must have read ALL the books in the category you are voting for.