The Children’s Book Council and Every Child a Reader announced the winners of the seventh annual Children’s Choice Book Awards (CCBA) at a charity gala benefitting Every Child a Reader in New York City May 19. In the only national book awards program where the winning titles are selected by kids and teens, Rush Limbaugh won Author of the Year for his book, Rush Revere and The Brave Pilgrims: Time-Travel Adventures With Exceptional Americans (Threshold Editions/Simon & Schuster).
The announcement is an annual highlight of Children’s Book Week (May 12-18, 2014). Young readers across the country voted in record numbers for their favorite books, author, and illustrator at bookstores, school libraries, and at ccbookawards.com, casting more than 1,261,000 votes.
The 2014 Children’s Choice Book Awards winners are:
KINDERGARTEN TO SECOND GRADE BOOK OF THE YEAR
The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt, illustrated by Oliver Jeffers (Philomel)
THIRD GRADE TO FOURTH GRADE BOOK OF THE YEAR
Bugs in My Hair! by David Shannon (Blue Sky Press / Scholastic Inc)
FIFTH GRADE TO SIXTH GRADE BOOK OF THE YEAR
National Geographic Kids Myths Busted! by Emily Krieger, illustrated by Tom Nick Cocotos (National Geographic Children’s Books)
TEEN BOOK OF THE YEAR
Allegiant by Veronica Roth (Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Children’s Books)
AUTHOR OF THE YEAR
Rush Limbaugh, Rush Revere and The Brave Pilgrims: Time-Travel Adventures With Exceptional Americans (Threshold Editions/Simon & Schuster)
ILLUSTRATOR OF THE YEAR
Grace Lee, Sofia the First: The Floating Palace (Disney Press, an imprint of Disney Book Group)
IMPACT AWARD HONOREE
LeVar Burton, former host of the Peabody-Award winning PBS show Reading Rainbow and co-founder of RRKidz
About the Children’s Choice Book Awards (CCBA)
Launched in 2008 by the Children’s Book Council and Every Child a Reader, the CCBA program was created to provide young readers with an opportunity to voice their opinions about the books being written for them and to help develop a reading list that will motivate children to read more and cultivate a love of reading.