After months of reading by children across the country, and particularly by children in the local book groups run by the Federation of Children’s Book Groups, the winners of the Red House Children’s Book Awards were announced this afternoon at a wonderfully exciting award ceremony at the Southbank Centre as part of the Imagine Children’s Festival.
Former Children’s Laureate Julia Donaldson and Gruffalo co-creator Axel Scheffler won the Books for Younger Children category at the Red House Children’s Book Award 2014 with Superworm.
Atticus Claw Breaks The Law by Jennifer Gray won the Books for Younger Readers category
The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey was named the Books for Older Readers category winner.
The award for the overall winner went to The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey – a thrillingly popular choice among older voters. It’s been described as ‘The next HIT’ by the Daily Mail, ‘Chilling’ by the Sun and ‘Wildly Entertaining’ by the New York Times. Variety.com stated Sony are currently developing a film adaptation of The 5th Wave, to be produced by Tobey Maguire.
Sarah Stuffins, FCBG Vice-Chair and RHCBA coordinator said: “It has been another exciting year for the award with a record number of votes from FCBG children around the country. Online voting has also increased showing the award’s popularity among the nation’s children. The 5th Wave is truly the children’s choice.”
The Red House Children’s Book Award is the only national award for children’s books that is voted for entirely by children. It is owned and coordinated by the Federation of Children’s Book Groups and is highly respected by teachers, parents and librarians. It and has brought acclaim and strong sales to past winners such as J.K. Rowling, Patrick Ness, Andy Stanton, Malorie Blackman, Anthony Horowitz and Michael Morpurgo, who has won a record three times. 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.