This time of year is always really exciting for us at the FCBG as we find out which books our child voters have chosen for inclusion in the Top 50 Picks of the Year and which ones make it into the Top 12.
If you are an old friend of the FCBG Children’s Book Awards then you will have spotted that this year we have increased our shortlist by 2. The Top 10 has become the Top 12 and we have introduced an exciting fourth category to enable us to a show a greater spread of books from picture books right through to YA.
Over the past twelve months, children from across the country in book groups, schools, libraries and families have been busy reading almost 800 titles between them and grading on a sliding scale to show which ones they’ve loved the most.
The big number cruncher at FCBG HQ has totalled every single one of the thousands of votes that were cast and it is this alone that decides which books make the grade. In this we are unique and very proud as we are the only children’s book award to be voted for by the children themselves at EVERY single stage of the process.
And now to the part you’ve been waiting for. The results!!
Category 1 – Picture Books
Jazz Dog By Marie Voigt. Oxford University Press.
The Runaway Pea By Kjartan Poskitt, illustrated by Alex Wilmore. Simon and Schuster.
Matisse’s Magical Trail By Tim Hopgood, illustrated by Sam Boughton. Oxford University Press.
Category 2 – Books for Younger Readers
Owen and The Soldier By Lisa Thompson. Barrington Stoke.
The Maker of Monsters By Lorraine Gregory. Oxford University Press.
Mutant Zombies Cursed My School Trip By Matt Brown, illustrated byPaco Sordo. Usborne.
Category 3 – Books for Confident Readers
D-Day Dog By Tom Palmer. Barrington Stoke.
A Pocketful of Stars By Aisha Bushby. Egmont.
Wildspark By Vashti Hardy. Scholastic.
Category 4 – Books for Older Readers
Becoming Dinah By Kit De Waal. Hachette.
On The Come Up By Angie Thomas. Walker.
Two Can Keep A Secret By Karen M McManus. Penguin Random House
For more information about all of our fantastic shortlisted books, please follow our blog tour as 12 amazing bloggers showcase one book each over the next few weeks. Join in to hear from some of our shortlisted writers and illustrators as well as getting to see some exciting extras. Follow us on twitter to keep up to date and be amongst the first to discover the winning titles on June 13th. @cbacoordinator #CBA202
And don’t forget, if you are under 18 and would like to get involved then you can vote for your favourites from the shortlist right here on the FCBG website.