Children’s Book Picks

hugo.jpgI always like to give kids books. But which books? It’s tough. In a year, two years, their reading ability changes so much. Then it’s difficult to know which are the best books period.

That’s why I found a new award so interesting. The little people’s choice awards, if you will. The Children’s Book Council has announced 25 finalists of first Children’s Choice Book Awards. Until Sunday, May 4, children may cast votes for their favorite authors, illustrators and books at bookstores, school libraries and BookWeekOnline.com. The winners will be announced at the Children’s Choice Book Award gala on May 13 during Children’s Book Week (May 12-18).

Here is the ballot:

Favorite Book for Grades K-2 Finalists

Dino Dinners by Mick Manning and Brita Granstrom (Holiday House)

Five Little Monkeys Go Shopping by Eileen Christelow (Clarion)

“Frankie Stein” written by Lola M. Schaefer, illustrated by Kevan Atteberry (Marshall Cavendish Corporation)

Three Little Fish and the Big Bad Shark written by Ken Geist, illustrated by Julia Gorton (Cartwheel Books/Scholastic)

“Tucker’s Spooky Halloween” by Leslie McGuirk (Candlewick Press)

Favorite Book for Grades 3-4 Finalists

Babymouse: Camp Babymouse by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm (Random House for Young Readers)

“Big Cats” by Elaine Landau (Enslow Publishers)

Monday With a Mad Genius written by Mary Pope Osborne, illustrated by Sal Murdocca (Random House for Young Readers)

“The Richest Poor Kid” written by Carl Sommer, illustrated by Jorge Martinez (Advance Publishing)

Wolves by Duncan Searl (Bearport Publishing)

Favorite Book for Grades 5-6 Finalists

Beowulf: Monster Slayer written by Paul D. Storrie, illustrated by Ron Randall (Lerner Publishing Group)

Encyclopedia Horrifica by Joshua Gee (Scholastic Paperbacks)

“Ghosts” by Stephen Krensky (Lerner Publishing Group)

The Short and Incredibly Happy Life of Riley by Amy Lissiat and Colin Thompson (Kane/Miller Book Publishers)

When the Shadbush Blooms written by Carla Messinger with Susan Katz, illustrated by David Kanietakeron Fadden (Tricycle Press)

2007 Author of the Year Finalists

Anthony Horowitz for “Snakehead” (Penguin)

Erin Hunter for “Warriors, Powers of Three: The Sight” (HarperCollins)

Jeff Kinney for “Diary of Wimpy Kid” (Abrams)

Rick Riordan for “Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Titan’s Curse” (Disney Book Group)

J.K. Rowling for “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” (Scholastic)

2007 Illustrator of the Year Finalists

Jan Brett for Three Snow Bears (Putnam/Penguin)

Ian Falconer for Olivia Helps with Christmas (Simon & Schuster)

Robin Preiss Glasser for Fancy Nancy and the Posh Puppy (HarperCollins)

Brian Selznick for The Invention of Hugo Cabret (Scholastic)

Mo Willems for Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity (Disney Book Group)

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