The Children’s Book Council announced the winners of the 2009 Children’s Choice Book Awards yesterday.
The Children’s Choice Book Awards program was launched last year with the announcement of 25 finalists in 5 categories. The Teen Choice Book Award was added this year. The Children’s Choice Book Awards 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.
Award winners were determined this year by over 220,000 online votes by kids across the country. Voting was open from March 16 through May 3 on the Children’s Book Week Website.
The Children’s Choice Book Awards were announced live at the awards gala held yesterday in New York City as part of Children’s Book Week (May 11-17, 2009), the oldest national literacy event in the United States. This year marks the 90th observance of Book Week.
The awards ceremony, hosted by National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Jon Scieszka, included the presentation of the Impact Award to Whoopi Goldberg in recognition of her vast contribution to the promotion of literacy and the love of reading among young people. Last year’s Impact Award recipient, Al Roker, presented the award.
This year’s winners are as follows:
Kindergarten to 2nd Grade Book of the Year:
The Pigeon Wants a Puppy written and illustrated by Mo Willems
3rd Grade to 4th Grade Book of the Year:
Spooky Cemeteries, (Scary Places) by Dinah Williams
5th Grade to 6th Grade Book of the Year:
Thirteen by Lauren Myracle
Teen Choice Book of the Year:
Breaking Dawn (The Twilight Saga, Book 4) by Stephenie Meyer
Author of the Year:
Stephenie Meyer for Breaking Dawn (The Twilight Saga, Book 4)
Illustrator of the Year:
Jon J Muth for Zen Ties
Congratulations to all of the winners.
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