Red House Children’s Book Award

The children of the Federation of Children’s Book Groups have chosen their favourites and the winners have been announced at an exciting ceremony at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London. Rick Yancey’s The 5th Wave was the overall winner, and winner of the older readers category. The other category winners were Superworm by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler (books for younger children) and Atticus Claw Breaks the Law by Jennifer Gray (books for younger readers).

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Sarah Stuffins, the Federation of Children’s Book Groups’ Co-ordinator for the award said: “Everyone had a great day at the Southbank Centre in London crowning Rick Yancey’s The 5th Wave as overall winner of the award for 2014. The children of the FCBG loved the pacy adventure and strong characters – a great winner for the children’s choice award.

The 2014 shortlisted books were:

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)

 

Here are some highlights from the 2014 ceremony:

And here is our 2014 winner’s acceptance speech:


You can see some images from the 2014 award ceremony here.

Some press coverage of the 2014 Award
Love and aliens conquer all as ‘The 5th Wave’ wins children’s book award – The Independent
Yancey wins Red House award – The Bookseller
The 5th Wave wins Red House children’s book award – The Guardian

The Red House Children’s Book Award is the only national children’s book award voted for entirely by children. The award ceremony takes place annually in the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London during the Imagine Festival in February.

It was founded in 1980 as the Children’s Book Award by the FCBG’s Pat Thomson to celebrate the books that children themselves love reading, and each year since then children in FCBG book groups around the UK and via the RHCBA website have been reading as many new books as they can and voting to pick both the shortlist and the eventual winners.

A dedicated website www.redhousechildrensbookaward.co.uk showcases the award including downloadable resources. Children who are not part of a participating FCBG group can also nominate books here.

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The Winners of the 2013 Red House Children’s Book Award were

  • Spooky Spooky House by Andrew Weale and Lee Wildish in the Younger Children category
  • Gangsta Granny by David Walliams, illustrated by Tony Ross in the Younger Readers category
  • The Medusa Project: Hit Squad by Sophie McKenzie in the Older Readers category

 

The award for the overall winner went to Spooky Spooky House by Andrew Weale and Lee Wildish!

Over 200 photos from the award ceremony are available to view here.

The 2013 Red House Children's Book Award Winners - Lee Wildish and Andrew Weale, for Spooky, Spooky House

The 2013 Red House Children’s Book Award Winners – Lee Wildish and Andrew Weale, for Spooky, Spooky House

You can see a gallery of images from the 2012 Red House Children’s Book Award Ceremony in our Photo Gallery.

Michael Morpurgo (centre) with Jim Kay (L), and Patrick Ness (R). A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness and Jim Kay won the Red House Children’s Book Award in 2012.

For more information about the award see the dedicated website http://www.redhousechildrensbookaward.co.uk/

If you have a question you can’t find an answer to on the website contact rhcba@fcbg.org.uk and we’ll try to help.

Some past press coverage
Children vote A Monster Calls best book of 2012 The Guardian 18 February 2012
Patrick Ness wins Red House book award The Telegraph 18 February 2012
Michael Morpurgo’s Shadow wins children’s book prize BBC News: Entertainment & Arts 11 June 2011
Sophie McKenzie wins Red House award The Bookseller 8 June 2009