Voting for this year’s Children’s Book Award (CBA) closes on April 16th. Votes can be submitted by using the voting page on our website or, if you belong to one of the testing groups, via your CBA coordinator. The key feature of CBA is that it is the only UK-wide award voted for entirely by children. The results are a genuine reflection of what young readers enjoy reading and are therefore particularly rewarding for the winning authors and illustrators, and of great interest to parents, librarians and teachers looking for books to recommend.
As we have explained elsewhere, the timetable for the award has changed this year, resulting in a longer period for voting and a later award ceremony. As we are currently looking for a new sponsor for the award, this year’s ceremony is by necessity more modest and attendance will be by invitation only. The majority of the audience will be made up of young members of our Children’s Book Groups and as always our aim will be to give them an opportunity to have a great day out, celebrating everything they enjoy about books and reading. We are delighted that actor, playwright and author Steven Butler will be our Master of Ceremonies and throughout the day the children will be able to meet many of their favourite authors and illustrators.
As always the creators of the shortlisted titles will be presented with handmade portfolios containing the children’s own creative responses to the books. These are possibly equally, if not more precious ‘prizes’ for everyone on the shortlists. The winner of each category will receive a beautiful silver bookmark and the overall winner is also awarded an engraved acorn to sit alongside the fabulous silver tree trophy.
This year’s ceremony will be taking place in London on Saturday 28th May. The winners will be announced during the event on Twitter @FCBGNews, and full reports and photos will be posted here and in our next members’ Newsletter.