Toppsta is hugely excited to be working with The Children’s Book Award, the only national UK children’s book award to be voted for entirely by children. It is highly regarded by parents, teachers, librarians, publishers and children’s authors and illustrators as it truly represents the children’s choice.
Thanks to the support of the publishers, over 1,000 new books are donated to be read and reviewed by their testinggGroups across the country every year, with over 150,000 total votes being cast in the process. At the end of each testing year, nearly 12,000 books are donated to hospitals, women’s refuges, nurseries and disadvantaged schools by their groups.
There are two voting stages: Full testing and Top Ten testing. At the end of the calendar year the Top 50 are finalised and the shortlist Top Ten is chosen. The full testing involves the reading, reviewing and rating of over 1,100 books published each calendar year in the UK. Twelve of the Federation Children’s Book Groups participate, managed nationally by the volunteer Children’s Book Award Co-ordinator. The volunteer group coordinators take the books in to member schools, member families and to libraries within their communities for the children and young people to read, review and rate.
The Top Ten comprises 3 Categories:
- Younger Children books - Picture books (4 titles)
- Younger Reader books - Ages 6-11 (3 titles)
- Older Reader books - Ages 10-18 (3 titles)
Any child or young person within the UK can vote in the Top Ten to choose the Category Winners and the Overall Winner. The Children's Book Award receives the highest number of votes of any national children’s book award in the UK, with nearly 150,000 votes cast each year. Only the children’s votes count. The focus of the Children’s Book Award is solely on reading for pleasure, providing children with the excitement and satisfaction that comes with becoming truly engrossed in reading. Participating in the award empowers children, helping them to develop their critical skills and their confidence.
Voting for the 2018 Children’s Book Award Top Ten starts on Monday 26th February 2018 and closes midday on Friday 18th May 2018. Make sure to visit their website to get your vote in.
Find below the 2017 Winners and Shortlist for each category.