Children’s Book Week, Day Four: Children’s Choice Book Awards – Winner’s List

2014 Children’s Choice Book Award Winners

Last night marked the 7th annual unveiling of the winners of the Children’s and Teen Choice Book Awards. These are unique awards that are nationally voted by kids who get to pick what they like!

“Each year, about 13,000 children across the United States read newly published children and young adult books within their classes through the International Reading Association, in partnership with the Children’s Book Council.” 

(Quoted from a CBC News Release)

I’m going to leave the Teen Choices out because that’s its own animal.

Book of the Year, Kindergarten through Second Grade

Winner: The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt, illustrated by Oliver Jeffers

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In this delightfully imaginative take on a beloved childhood activity, a young boy’s crayons have had enough. Fed up with their workload and eager to voice their grievances, they pen letters to Duncan detailing their frustrations. Energetic and off-the-wall, the complaints are always wildly funny, from the neurotically neat Purple (“If you DON’T START COLORING INSIDE the lines soon… I’m going to COMPLETELY LOSE IT”) to the underappreciated White (“If I didn’t have a black outline, you wouldn’t even know I was THERE!”). Daywalt has an instinctive understanding of the kind of humor that will resonate with young children, such as Orange and Yellow duking it out over which of them represents the true color of the sun or Peach’s lament that ever since its wrapper has fallen off, it feels naked. Though Jeffers’s messily scrawled crayon illustrations are appropriately childlike, they’re also infused with a sophisticated wit that perfectly accompanies the laugh-out-loud text; for example, a letter from Beige, in which he bemoans being tasked with drawing dull items like turkey dinners, is paired with an image of the crestfallen crayon drooping over beside a blade of wheat. Later on, Pink grumbles about constantly being passed over for less-feminine colors while the opposite page depicts a discomfited-looking pink monster and cowboy being derided by a similarly hued dinosaur. This colorful title should make for an uproarious storytime and may even inspire some equally creative art projects. — Mahnaz Dar (School Library Journal )

Finalists:

Alphabet Trucks by Samantha R. Vamos, illustrated by Ryan O’Rourke

Chamelia and the New Kid in Class by Ethan Long

Mustache Baby by Bridget Heos, illustrated by Joy Ang

Bear and Bee by Sergio Ruzzier

Book of the Year, Third through Fourth Grade

Winner: Bugs in My Hair! by David Shannon

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There’s a Lice-a-Palooza going on-right on top of the narrator’s head. Our hero (he appears to be a slightly more mature David) has head lice. His ever-attentive mother is on the attack, with stinky stuff and a nit comb. Head lice may have taken over the boy’s life, but his mom can conquer just about anything. Shannon’s wry sense of humor makes a sticky subject easier to talk about, and although funny, the book imparts quite a bit of information while revealing the humiliation, embarrassment, frustration, and downright itchiness of these little nasties. Shannon’s signature cartoon illustrations step the book up a level. The narrator’s imagination runs wild-what is going on up there on his head? Cleverly designed spreads depict the lice having a party, hanging out on the couch watching TV, and dancing. But wait…they are actually vampire bugs feasting on his blood. Libraries everywhere should have this book, as this perennial problem crops up in just about every community. The book even comes with its own warning: “This book will make you itchy!” — Angela J. Reynolds, Annapolis Valley Regional Library, Bridgetown, NS, Canada (School Library Journal)

Finalists:

Bean Dog and Nugget: The Ball by Charise Mericle Harper

Cougar: A Cat With Many Names by Stephen Person

The Matchbox Diary by Paul Fleischman, illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline

Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote: A Migrant’s Tale by Duncan Tonatiuh

Book of the Year, Fifth through Sixth Grade

Winner: National Geographic Kids Myths Busted! by Emily Krieger, illustrated by Tom Nick Cocotos

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Some myths take on a life of their own after they are repeated over and over and over. This book encourages readers to “unthink” more than 100 facts that they took as truth and dispels age-old truisms, such as George Washington’s wooden teeth, the five-second rule, and the full moon’s effects on human behavior. Krieger includes the origins of each untruth, giving readers insight into how mistaken beliefs come into being, become popular knowledge, and persist over time. The text is punctuated by relevant statistics from actual scientific studies and quips from experts. Cocotos’ artwork, in the form of photographic collages, enlivens each two-page spread of quick and portable knowledge, such as seven things dirtier than your toilet and six human-built objects you can see from space. The book’s thesis encourages healthy skepticism and discourages taking facts as truth without verification. This unlearning results in some serious learning. Grades 3-6. — Erin Anderson (Booklist)

Finalists:

Hokey Pokey by Jerry Spinelli

Prince Puggly of Spud by Robert Paul Weston

Lawless: Book 1 by Jeffrey Salane

Battling Boy by Paul Pope

To see a full of winners and categories, go to CNN.


Please join me again tomorrow as my celebration of Children’s Book Week continues!

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