Red House Children’s Book Award – The Shortlist for 2014 and a blog tour to celebrate!

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A former Children’s Laureate, a Superworm, a Hippospotamus and a young adult, sci-fi dystopian novel are shortlisted for the Red House Children’s Book Award 2014 – chosen and voted for entirely by children.

Yes, the Red House Children’s Book Award 2014 shortlist has been announced! Among those shortlisted are former Children’s Laureate and Gruffalo author, Julia Donaldson, previous winner and award veteran, Eoin Colfer and winner of the 2010 Younger Children Category, Jeanne Willis. In a year during which literacy has been such a key issue, what could be a better indicator of the books likely tempt children away from computer games and DVDs than a list drawn up by young people across the country?

shortlistblogtour2014Who will win? Children nationwide are now invited to vote for their favourite of the ten shortlisted books. The category winners and the author of the best children’s book published in the 2014 nomination period will be announced at a glittering awards ceremony which takes place in the Queen Elizabeth Hall at the Southbank Centre in London on Saturday 22nd February 2014.

The Red House Children’s Book Award, the only national award for children’s books that is voted for entirely by children themselves, is highly respected by teachers, parents and librarians, and has brought acclaim and strong sales to past winners such as J.K. Rowling, Patrick Ness, Michael Morpurgo, Andy Stanton, Malorie Blackman and Anthony Horowitz. 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. It is now in its 34th year and is owned and run by the Federation of Children’s Book Groups.

A dedicated website showcases all the shortlisted titles and featured authors. Any child can vote here for their favourite book until mid-January 2014.

The full shortlist for the Red House Children’s Book Award 2014 is as follows:

Books for Younger Children
Superworm – Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler (Scholastic)
Walter and The No Need To Worry Suit – Rachel Bright (HarperCollins)
How To Hide A Lion – Helen Stephens (Alison Green Books)
Hippospotamus – Jeanne Willis and Tony Ross (Andersen)

Books for Younger Readers
The Land of Neverbelieve – Norman Messenger (Walker)
Atticus Claw Breaks The Law – Jennifer Gray (Faber & Faber)
Claude In The Country – Alex T Smith (Hodder Children’s Books)

Books for Older Readers
Killing Rachel – Anne Cassidy (Bloomsbury)
The 5th Wave – Rick Yancey (Penguin)
W.A.R.P.: The Reluctant Assassin – Eoin Colfer (Puffin)

Sarah Stuffins, the Federation of Children’s Book Groups’ Co-ordinator for the award said ‘The announcement of the Red House Children’s Book Award shortlist is always an exciting day as this is the only national award chosen entirely by children. The young readers of the Federation of Children’s Book Groups have been busy reading hundreds of books over the last year and voting for their favourites. Today is the day we all find out which books have been the most popular. They have produced a really varied Top Ten this year and I’m really looking forward to finding out which of these books will win in February.

Seni Glaister, CEO of The Book People said ‘The shortlist has been announced and now it’s all in the hands of the nation’s children. Any child is eligible to vote and I have every faith in them – they’ve chosen some truly amazing winners in the past, including Michael Morpurgo, J.K. Rowling, Patrick Ness and Malorie Blackman. And they’ve often chosen them first! This award has a real reputation for discovering great writing talent and one look at the list of previous winners will tell you they pick the future bestsellers.

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You can find out more about all the shortlisted books each day over the next couple of weeks; we’ll be featuring one per day as part of a very special blog tour. We’ll also be sharing all the Books for Younger Children at special storytelling events as part of our Festival of Children’s Literature on November 9 in Birmingham.

Now let the voting begin!

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