Daily Archives: May 11, 2009

Children’s Book Week

Children's Book Week

There are a number of ways to celebrate Children’s Books Week, no matter if you are a parent, teacher or librarian. If you already read to your child, then you’re on the right path to promoting literacy and instilling a love of knowledge. This year the winners of the Children’s Choice Awards and the Teen’s Choice Awards will be announced May 13th. Although the voting period has already ended, there are still a lot of ways to participate next week.

Book Week Online has some amazing resources and ideas for celebrating this week.

Some ideas are:

– Make your own bookmarks

– Stage a read-in

– Donate books to a local family shelter or children’s hospital

– Go to Book Week Online to find some awesome children’s puzzles to work on in the classroom or at home

Just remember to making reading fun and not a chore. This year’s Children’s Choice Book Award finalists are as follows:

Kindergarten to Second Grade Book of the Year:
The Donut Chef written and illustrated by Bob Staake (Golden Books/Random House Children’s Books)
Katie Loves the Kittens written and illustrated by John Himmelman (Henry Holt Books for Young Readers/Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group)
The Pigeon Wants a Puppy! written and illustrated by Mo Willems (Hyperion Books for Children/Disney Book Group)
Sort It Out! written by Barbara Mariconda, illustrated by Sherry Rogers (Sylvan Dell Publishing)
Those Darn Squirrels written by Adam Rubin, illustrated by Daniel Salmieri (Clarion)

Third Grade to Fourth Grade Book of the Year
Babymouse: Puppy Love by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm (Random House Children’s Books)
One Million Things by Peter Chrisp (DK Publishing)
Spooky Cemeteries by Dinah Williams (Bearport Publishing)
Underwear: What We Wear Under There by Ruth Freeman Swain (Holiday House)
Willow written by Denise Brennan-Nelson and Rosemarie Brennan, illustrated by Cyd Moore (Sleeping Bear Press)

Fifth Grade to Sixth Grade Book of the Year
100 Most Dangerous Things On the Planet by Anna Claybourne (Scholastic Reference)
Amulet, Book One: The Stonekeeper by Kazu Kibuishi (Graphix/Scholastic)
The Big Field by Mike Lupica (Philomel/Penguin Young Readers Group)
Swords: An Artist’s Devotion by Ben Boos (Candlewick Press)
Thirteen by Lauren Myracle (Dutton/Penguin Young Readers Group)

Teen Choice Book Award
Airhead by Meg Cabot (Point/Scholastic)
Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer (Little, Brown and Company)
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (Scholastic Press)
Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen (Viking/Penguin Young Readers Group)
Paper Towns by John Green (Dutton/Penguin Young Readers Group)

Author of the Year
Jeff Kinney, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules (Amulet Books/Abrams)
Stephenie Meyer, Breaking Dawn (Little, Brown and Company)
Christopher Paolini, Brisingr (Knopf Books for Young Readers/Random House Children’s Books)
James Patterson, Maximum Ride: The Final Warning (Little, Brown and Company)
Rick Riordan, Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Battle of the Labyrinth (Disney- Hyperion Books)

Illustrator of the Year
Laura Cornell, Big Words for Little People (Joanna Cotler Books/HarperCollins Children’s Books)
Robin Preiss Glasser, Fancy Nancy: Bonjour Butterfly! (HarperCollins Children’s Books)
Mo Willems, The Pigeon Wants a Puppy! (Hyperion Books for Children/Disney Book Group)
David Shannon, Loren Long and David Gordon, Smash! Crash! (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers/Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing)
Jon J Muth, Zen Ties (Scholastic Press)

The finalists for Book of the Year in the Kindergarten to Second Grade, Third Grade to Fourth Grade, and Fifth Grade to Sixth Grade categories were the books that received the highest number of votes in the IRA-CBC Children’s Choices program. This joint project of the International Reading Association (IRA) and the CBC began in 1975. Publishers submit hundreds of titles, all published in 2008, to be evaluated and voted on by 12,500 children.

For the Teen Choice Book Award, the CBC and the CBC Foundation enlisted the help of TeenReads.com to select the finalists. More than 2,200 teens voted for their favorite book of 2008 on the TeenReads website, part of The Book Report Network. The five books that received the highest number of votes are finalists for the Teen Choice Book Award.

The Author and Illustrator of the Year finalists were selected by the CBC and CBC Foundation from a review of bestseller lists. Only authors and illustrators associated with books published in 2008 were considered.

The Children’s Choice Book Awards program was launched last year with the announcement of 25 finalists in 5 categories. The Teen Choice Book Award was added this year. The Children’s Choice Book Awards program was created to provide young readers with an opportunity to voice their opinions about the books being written for them and to help develop a reading list that will motivate children to read more and cultivate a love of reading. (CBC Books)