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Children's Book Council Book Week

Children's Book Week 2015

The Children's and Teen Choice Book Awards are the only national book awards programs where the winning author, illustrator, and books of the year are selected by young readers of all ages.

The finalists and winners (in bold) for the 2015 awards are listed below:

    Number

  • Children's Choice Illustrator of the Year
    • CHRIS APPELHANS, Sparky, by Jenny Offill (Schwartz & Wade, an imprint of Random House Children's Books)
    • STEVE LIGHT, Have You Seen My Dragon? (Candlewick Press)
    • YUYI MORALES, with photography by TIM O'MEARA, Viva Frida (Roaring Brook Press, an imprint of Macmillan Children's Publishing Group)
    • CHRISTIAN ROBINSON, Gaston, by Kelly DiPucchio (Atheneum Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing)
    • BRIAN WON, Hooray for Hat! (HMH Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children's Book Group)

  • Number

  • Children's Choice Debut Author of the Year
    • CECE BELL, El Deafo (Amulet Books, an imprint of Abrams)
    • NATALIE LLOYD, A Snicker of Magic (Scholastic Press)
    • KATHERINE ROY, Neighborhood Sharks: Hunting with the Great Whites of California's Farallon Islands (David Macaulay Studios/Roaring Brook Press, an imprint of Macmillan Children's Publishing Group)
    • PIERS TORDAY, The Last Wild (Viking Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers Group)
    • J.A. WHITE, The Thickety: A Path Begins (Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Children's Books)

  • Number

  • Kindergarten to Second Grade Book of the Year
    • DUCK, DUCK, MOOSE! by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen, illustrated by Noah Z. Jones (Disney-Hyperion, an imprint of Disney Book Group)
    • EVA AND SADIE AND THE WORST HAIRCUT EVER! by Jeff Cohen, illustrated by Ellana Allen (HarperCollins Children's Books)
    • FRANCES DEAN WHO LOVED TO DANCE AND DANCE by Birgitta Sif (Candlewick Press)
    • HOW TO BABYSIT A GRANDMA by Jean Reagan, illustrated by Lee Wildish (Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Random House)
    • A PET FOR FLY GUY by Tedd Arnold (Orchard Books, an imprint of Scholastic)

  • Number

  • Third to Fourth Grade Book of the Year
    • CLAUDE AT THE BEACH by Alex T. Smith (Peachtree Publishers)
    • THE GLORKIAN WARRIOR DELIVERS A PIZZA by James Kochalka (First Second Books, an imprint of Macmillan Children's Publishing Group)
    • HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BABYMOUSE by Jennifer L. Holm, illustrated by Matt Holm (Random House Books for Young Readers)
    • KALI'S STORY: AN ORPHANED POLAR BEAR RESCUE by Jennifer Keats Curtis, illustrated by John Gomes (Arbordale Publishing)
    • SISTERS by Raina Telgemeier (Graphix, an imprint of Scholastic)

  • Number

  • Fifth to Sixth Grade Book of the Year
    • ICE DOGS by Terry Lynn Johnson (HMH Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children's Book Group)
    • PERCY JACKSON'S GREEK GODS by Rick Riordan, illustrated by John Rocco (Disney-Hyperion, an imprint of Disney Book Group)
    • TEMPLE RUN: RACE THROUGH TIME TO UNLOCK SECRETS OF ANCIENT WORLDS by Tracey West (National Geographic Children's Books)
    • THE DUMBEST IDEA EVER! by Jimmy Gownley (Graphix, an imprint of Scholastic)
    • THE RETURN OF ZITA THE SPACEGIRL by Ben Hatke (First Second Books, an imprint of Macmillan Children's Publishing Group)

  • Number

  • Teen Book of the Year
    • CITY OF HEAVENLY FIRE by Cassandra Clare (Margaret K. McElderry, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing)
    • CRESS by Marissa Meyer (Feiwel & Friends, an imprint of Macmillan Children's Publishing Group)
    • I AM MALALA: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World by Malala Yousafzai, co-written by Patricia McCormick (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers/Hachette Book Group)
    • THE ONE by Kiera Cass (HarperTeen)
    • WE WERE LIARS by E. Lockhart (Delacorte Press, an imprint of Random House Children's Books)

  • Number

  • Teen's Choice Debut Author of the Year
    • SALLY GREEN, Half Bad (Viking Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers Group)
    • JENNIFER MATHIEU, The Truth About Alice (Roaring Brook Press, an imprint of Macmillan Children's Publishing Group)
    • DON MITCHELL, The Freedom Summer Murders (Scholastic Press)
    • JASON REYNOLDS, When I Was the Greatest (Atheneum Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster)
    • LESLYE WALTON, The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender (Candlewick Press)


  • Children's Book Week

    Books are an important part of the classroom and of students' lives, and they hold a special place in our hearts as teachers. Children's Book Week has been a part of this culture for decades.

    Celebrate our favorite authors and illustrators with inspiring and nostalgic Children's Book Week posters. Their posters, apparel, and other novelties make perfect gifts, and the purchases benefit the Every Child a Reader organization, a non-profit dedicated to instilling a life-long love of reading in children. The 2015 Children's Book Week poster is also available to order online, free of charge (just pay shipping).


    Children's Book Week Store

    Activities and Worksheets

    In celebration of these great works of art, we've gathered activities, worksheets, and teaching guides for some of the books featured in the Children's Book Week posters. Inspire your students with the artwork and teach them about these books with these resources.

    • Eric Carle
      Grades PreK-1

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    • Ezra Jack Keats
      Grades PreK-3

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    • Kevin Henkes
      Grades PreK-3

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    • Rosemary Wells
      Grades PreK-K

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    • James Marshall
      Grades PreK-K

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    • Maurice Sendak
      Grades 5-8

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    • Tomi dePaola
      Grades 1-5

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    • Paul O. Zelinsky
      Grades PreK-6

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