Unlike other book awards, the Children’s and Teen Choice Book Awards are selected and voted on exclusively by young readers. Isn’t that amazing? The winners in all four categories were announced last week. So without further ado:
In Kindergarten–2nd Grade, the winner is I Say Ooh You Say Aah by John Kane (Kane Miller). The honor book is There’s a Dragon in Your Book by Tom Fletcher, illus. by Greg Abbott (Random House).
The three other books that were finalists in this category were Day at the Beach by Tom Booth (S&S/Aladdin), Julián Is a Mermaid by Jessica Love (Candlewick); and Grow Up, David! by David Shannon (Scholastic/Blue Sky).
My son was a huge David fan when he was in kindergarten and beyond. I have to admit, I hesitated to buy him No, David! in hardcover. I just didn’t get the appeal. I finally asked him why he wanted it. “Because it is so beautiful.” Hmm. I still didn’t agree but how could a mom say no to something there kiddo loved that much, especially when that something was a book? Suffice it to say, David won over my husband and I as well.
In 3rd–4th Grade, the winner is Back to the Future: The Classic Illustrated Storybook, based on the movie by Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale, illus. by Kim Smith (Quirk). The honor book is Safari Pug by Laura James, illus. by Églantine Ceulemans (Bloomsbury).
The three other finalists included The Mushroom Fan Club by Elise Gravel (Drawn & Quarterly/Enfant), School People by Lee Bennett Hopkins, illus. by Ellen Shih (Boyds Mills/WordSong), and Down by the River by Andrew Weiner, illus. by April Chu (Abrams).
I’m curious about a movie adaptation that entranced so many young readers. I also really like Lee Bennett Hopkins books so I’m looking forward to reading all five books in this category.