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Children's Book Award Shortlist announced

The Children’s Book Award  (previously known as The Red House Children's Book Awards) 2016 shortlist has been announced. Among those shortlisted are bestselling children’s author Francesca Simon, Pamela Butchart and Thomas Flintham - who were shortlisted last year - and debut author Kim Slater.CBA 3

Who will win? Children nationwide are now invited to vote for their favourite of the ten shortlisted books. The category winners and the author of the best children’s book published in the 2015 nomination period will be announced at a glittering awards ceremony which takes place in Central London on Saturday 28th May 2016.

The Children’s Book Award, the only national award for children’s books that is voted for entirely by children. It is owned and coordinated 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 J.K. Rowling, Patrick Ness, Andy Stanton, Malorie Blackman, Anthony Horowitz and Michael Morpurgo, who has won a record three times. 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 2016 is as follows:

Books for Younger Children

Is There a Dog in This Book by Viviane Schwarz (Walker)

Read, Steady, Jump by Jeanne Willis and Adrian Reynolds (Anderson)

This Book Just Ate My Dog by Richard Byrne (Oxford)

Fabulous Pie by Gareth Edwards and Guy Parker-Rees (Scholastic)

Books for Younger Readers

Boy in the Tower by Polly Ho-Yen (Doubleday)

Horrid Henry’s Krazy Ketchup by Francesca Simon, illustrated by Tony Ross (Orion)

My Headteacher is a Vampire Rat by Pamela Butchart, illustrated by Thomas Flintham (Nosy Crow)

Books for Older Readers

Listen to the Moon by Michael Morpurgo (Harper Collins)

Apple and Rain by Sarah Crossan (Bloomsbury)

Smart by Kim Slater (Macmillan)


Wendy Gilham, Children’s Book Award coordinator says ‘It is always fascinating to see what the children from the Federation of Children’s Book Groups have enjoyed reading and this year they have chosen a truly great shortlist. It is an exciting combination of favourite authors, characters and the latest debut novels.

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