The winners of the 12th annual Children’s and Teen Choice Book Awards have been revealed by the Children’s Book Council and Every Child a Reader. Launched in 2008, the Children’s Choice Book Awards are the only national book awards program where the winning titles are selected exclusively by kids and teens.
Voting was conducted online and in classrooms, libraries, bookstores, and the Family HQ at BookCon in New York City, from March 1 to June 2. More than 24,000 votes were tallied, up from 18,000 last year.
Shaina Birkhead, associate executive director of the Children’s Book Council and Every Child a Reader, said in a statement, “We are proud to work with so many teachers, librarians, and booksellers who encourage kids to read the books and gather votes at their locations. It’s a fun reading and discussion activity, as well as a primer on social responsibility.”
The winners and honor books are:
Kindergarten–2nd Grade Book of the Year
I Say Ooh You Say Aah by John Kane (Kane Miller)
Honor: There’s a Dragon in Your Book by Tom Fletcher, illus. by Greg Abbott (Random House)
3rd–4th Grade Book of the Year
Back to the Future: The Classic Illustrated Storybook, based on the movie by Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale, illus. by Kim Smith (Quirk)
Honor: Safari Pug by Laura James, illus. by Églantine Ceulemans (Bloomsbury)
5th–6th Grade Book of the Year
Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes (Little, Brown)
Honor: Sewing the Rainbow: A Story About Gilbert Baker by Gayle E. Pitman, illus. by Holly Clifton-Brown (Magination Press)
Teen Book of the Year
The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang (First Second)
Honor: The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo (HarperTeen)
For the complete list of 2019 finalists, click here.
The CBC’s celebration of the 100th annual Children’s Book Week will continue throughout 2019.