Children’s book awards - vote now!

Horrid Henry, Michael Morpurgo, a Fabulous Pie and a vampire rat are all shortlisted for the Children’s Book Award 2016 – chosen and voted for entirely by children.

The Children’s Book Award 2016 shortlist has been announced. Among those shortlisted are bestselling children’s author Francesca Simon, Pamela Butchart and Thomas Flintham - who were shortlisted last year - and debut author Kim Slater.

Children nationwide are now invited to vote for their favourite of the ten shortlisted books here –

The Children’s Book Award, the only national award for children’s books that is voted for entirely by children. It is owned and coordinated by the Federation of Children’s Book Groups and is highly respected by teachers, parents and librarians. It has brought acclaim and strong sales to past winners such as J.K. Rowling, Patrick Ness, Andy Stanton, Malorie Blackman, Anthony Horowitz and Michael Morpurgo, who has won a record three times. The award has often been the first to recognise the future stars of children’s fiction and has the ability to turn popular authors into bestsellers.

The full shortlist for the Children’s Book Award 2016 is as follows:

Books for Younger Children

Is There a Dog in This Book by Viviane Schwarz (Walker)

Read, Steady, Jump by Jeanne Willis and Adrian Reynolds (Anderson)

This Book Just Ate My Dog by Richard Byrne (Oxford)

Fabulous Pie by Gareth Edwards and Guy Parker-Rees (Scholastic)

Books for Younger Readers

Boy in the Tower by Polly Ho-Yen (Doubleday)

Horrid Henry’s Krazy Ketchup by Francesca Simon, illustrated by Tony Ross (Orion)

My Headteacher is a Vampire Rat by Pamela Butchart, illustrated by Thomas Flintham (Nosy Crow)

Books for Older Readers

Listen to the Moon by Michael Morpurgo (Harper Collins)

Apple and Rain by Sarah Crossan (Bloomsbury)

Smart by Kim Slater (Macmillan)