Thursday, May 13, 2010

Previously on Bound: Children's Choice Book Award Winners

Happy Children's Book Week! A lovely celebration since 1919. It used to be in the Fall, but I'm cool with the move to May. A few nights ago, there was a gala award dinner where, after oodles of children voted online, some big book winners were announced for 2010. The Children's Book Council is responsible for all the fun associated with Children's Book Week. I love this bit from their website:

" 2008, the Children's Book Council created the Children's Choice Book Awards, the only national child-chosen book awards program, giving young readers a powerful voice in their own reading choices.
The need for Children’s Book Week today is as essential as it was in 1919, and the task remains the realization of Frederic Melcher’s fundamental declaration: “A great nation is a reading nation.”

Here are the awesome award-winning Books of the Year:

Kindergarten - 2nd Grade
"Lulu the Big Little Chick"
by Paulette Bogan

Lulu  Little Big Chick
3rd Grade - 4th Grade
"Lunch Lady and the Cyborg Substitute"
by Jarrett J. Krosoczka
Lunch Lady
5th Grade - 6th Grade
"Dork Diaries: Tales from a Not-So-Fabulous Life"
by Rachel Renée Russell
Dork Diaries
"Catching Fire"
by Suzanne Collins
Catching Fire
Author of the Year
James Patterson for "Max"
Illustrator of the Year
Peter Brown for "The Curious Garden"
The Curious Garden

Children's Book 
Week posterAs Illustrator of the Year, Peter Brown gets to make next year's Book Week poster. As Author of the Year, James Patterson gets a yacht and Kleenex made of dollar bills.

Really, the poster thing is the prize of all prizes. This year's poster was done by Jon J. Muth. All the great illustrators end up doing a Book Week poster. See "75 Years of Children's Book Week Posters" by CBC and Leonard Marcus.

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