Today, at a brilliant and well attended Awards Ceremony at the Copthorne Tara Hotel in London, the winners of the 2019 FCBG Children’s Book Award were announced.
Arree Chung won the prize in the Books for Younger Children category with his book MIXED, a wonderful picture book about tolerance, diversity and embracing difference.
The prize for the Books For Younger Readers category went to THE DOG WHO LOST HIS BARK, a warming story of a boy, his dog and the power of music, written by Eoin Colfer and illustrated by P.J. Lynch.
Tom Palmer took home the prize in the Books For Older Readers with ARMISTICE RUNNER, a tale that spans the lives of one family from the trenches of WW1 to a modern fell runner.
The overall prize for the book the children voted as their Book Of The Year was won by Arree Chung who was awarded the much coveted silver oak tree.
Previous winners of this very special award include Michael Morpurgo, J.K Rowling, Jacqueline Wilson, Andy Stanton and Antony Horowitz so Arree is in very good company!
The FCBG Children’s Book Award is the only award in Britain where the children are in charge of the voting right from the very first step. Between them they vote for approximately 800 different titles over the course of a year. It is these votes that decide which titles go into the Top 50 Picks of the Year and ultimately which will be shortlisted. Then it is over to the children again to pick which they want to see as their winners. Roughly 100,000 votes a year are cast so to make the grade in their eyes is high praise indeed!
To find out more about this year’s top picks, shortlist and winners then do look at the CBA website.