We are absolutely delighted to be hosting Owen and the Soldier by Lisa Thompson on the FCBG Children's Book Award Blog Tour, one of the three books for younger readers on the FCBG 2020 shortlist.
It's our third year on this tour and we love supporting these awards. There are lots of other children's book awards (you can see all the Children's Book Awards 2020 Shortlists and Winners here) but the FCBG Children’s Book Award is the only national award voted for solely by children from start to finish. Members of the Federation of Children's Book Groups vote on the Longlist and then any children can vote on the Shortlist.
So like Toppsta, it recommends books which children truly enjoy, rather than those books which adults THINK children should be reading. And the great news is, thanks to the generosity of the publishers, nearly 12,000 books are donated to hospitals, women’s refuges, nurseries and disadvantaged schools by the voting groups at the end of the process. The overall winner of last year’s CBA Book Award was a picture book - Mixed by Arree Chung.
Scroll to the bottom of the page for information on how you can vote and a run down of this year's blog tour.
Discover more about Owen and the Soldier below including a very special Q&A with the author and a sneak peek inside the book itself.