Wednesday, April 9, 2014

2014 Children's Book Week: Vote for Your Picks!


     From May 12-18, 2014, schools and libraries across America will celebrate Children's Book Week! It is sponsored by the Children's Book Council, who is a "national nonprofit trade association of children’s book publishers, dedicated to supporting and informing the industry and fostering literacy." (You can find out more about the CBC and its mission at its official website: This year, Children's Book Week is celebrating its 95th year. Ever since 1919, this special event has highlighted the magic of children's books and reading with boys and girls. That's quite a feat of achievement to continually recognize the importance and influence of children's literature!   

 Children's Book Week features its own stand alone website at: Also, the actual voting website is, where you can find the link to vote as an individual or as a group consensus from a short list of finalists for these six categories:


Illustrator of the Year
The Day The Crayons Quit - Illustrated by Oliver Jeffers
Emeraldalicious - Illustrated by Victoria Kann
Pete the Cat: The Wheels on the Bus - Illustrated by James Dean
Llama Llama and the Bully Goat - Illustrated by Anna Dewdney
Sofia the First: The Floating Palace - Illustrated by Grace Lee

Author of the Year
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck - by Jeff Kinney
Heroes of Olympics: The House of Hades - by Rick Riordan
Allegiant - by Veronica Roth
Rush Revere and The Brave Pilgrims: Time-Travel Adventures with Exceptional Americans - by Rush Limbaugh
Dork Diaries 6: Tales from a Not-So-Happy Heartbreaker - by Rachel Renee Russell

Kindergarten to Second Grade Book of the Year
The Day the Crayons Quit - by Drew Daywalt, illustrated by Oliver Jeffers
Mustache Baby - by Bridget Heos, illustrated by Joy Ang
Alphabet Trucks - by Samantha R. Vamos, illustrated by Ryan O’Rourke
Bear and Bee - by Sergio Ruzzier (Disney/Hyperion) Chamelia and the New Kid in Class by Ethan Long

Third to Fourth Grade Book of the Year
Bean Dog and Nugget: The Ball - by Charise Mericle Harper
Cougar - 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
Bugs in My Hair! - by David Shannon

Fifth to Sixth Grade Book of the Year
Prince Puggly of Spud - by Robert Paul Weston
Lawless: Book 1 - by Jeffrey Salane
National Geographic Kids Myths Busted! - by Emily Krieger, illustrated by Tom Nick Cocotos
Hokey Pokey - by Jerry Spinelli
Battling Boy - by Paul Pope

Teen Book of the Year
Allegiant - by Veronica Roth 

 Eleanor & Park - by Rainbow Rowell 
 Clockwork Princess - by Cassandra Clare
Smoke - by Ellen Hopkins
The 5th Wave - by Rick Yancey

    Children's Book Week is featured on the Children's Book Council's YouTube page. Specifically, you can follow the "Children's Book Week Champions 2014" playlist, where you can watch new videos that are posted each week. Here's a peek at the first YouTube video for 2014 from author and illustrator Jarrett Krosoczka: 

   You can follow the Children's Book Council on Facebook to find out the most up-to-date information on this year's event. Also, you can follow the CBC on Twitter, Pinterest, and their CBC website

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