Children’s Book Award 2017

The Children’s Book Award is the only national award for children’s books that is voted for entirely by children. It is owned and co-ordinated by the Federation of Children’s Book Groups and is highly respected by teachers, parents and librarians.

Children who are part of the nationwide network of the FCBG across the country have been reviewing and rating books from more than 110 publishing imprints! Our testing groups 2017 are: NW London, Harrogate, Herts, Southampton, Plymouth, Lincs, Dundee, West Wales, Solihull, Oxted, Ipswich and Reading.

Any child across the UK is eligible to vote.


The overall winner of our 2017 CBA Book Award is An Eagle in the Snow by Michael Morpurgo and Michael Foreman. It also wins the Books for Younger Readers Category. 

One by Carnegie Medal-winning author Sarah Crossan wins the Books for Older Readers category and Oi Dog!, written by Kes and Claire Gray and illustrated by Jim Field is named the Books for Younger Children’s category winner.

Follow us on Twitter #FCBGCBA17 to be the first to hear our news and to see images from the winners’ ceremony.



The full shortlist for the Children’s Book Award 2017 was as follows:

Books for Younger Children

Chicken Nugget
Michelle Robinson, illustrated by Tom McLaughlin, published by Puffin
Oi Dog, Kes Gray and Claire Gray and illustrated by Jim Field, published by Hodder
Grandad’s Island
, Benji Davies, published by Simon and Schuster
Gracie Grabbit and the Tiger, Helen Stephens, published by Scholastic

Books for Younger Readers

The Accidental Pirates (Voyage to Magical North), Claire Fayer, published by Macmillan
An Eagle in the Snow Michael Morpurgo, illustrated by Michael Foreman, published by Harper Collins
The Jam Doughnut that Ruined my Life Mark Lowery, illustrated by Hannah Shaw, published by Piccadilly

Books for Older Readers

One Sarah Crossan, published by Bloomsbury
Car-Jacked Ali Sparkes
Mistletoe and Murder, Robin Stevens, published by Penguin Random House

You can download the Top Ten 2017 Poster here Top Ten
and our 2017 Pick of the Year poster here CBA 2017 Pick of the Year

To see updates, you can follow us on twitter @CBACoordinator hashtag #FBCGCBA17

The category winners and overall winner were announced at a glittering awards ceremony, which took place in Central London on Saturday 10th June 2017. 

See our blog archive for guest posts from the shortlisted authors/illustrators. 

We were very excited this year to have an online voting survey especially hosted by our friends Toppsta. You can read an account of the award ceremony on Toppsta here