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2011 Children’s Choice Book Awards

The Children’s Book Review
Published: March 25, 2010

May 2-8, 2011, is Children’s Book Week. Each year, during this week, The Children’s Book Council hosts the Children’s Choice Book Awards. These are the best awards because the children are given a voice! I highly recommend checking out the thirty books that have been nominated for the six categories: k-2nd, 3rd-4th, 5th-6th, Teens, and author of the year. Then, along with your kids or classroom, go and vote for their favorite(s)—you have until April 29. The winners will be announced on May 2 at the Children’s Choice Book Awards Gala.

This year’s Children’s Choice Book Award finalists are as follows:

Kindergarten to Second Grade Book of the Year

Shark vs. Train

by Chris Barton (Author), Tom Lichtenheld (Illustrator)

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (April 1, 2010)

Publisher’s synopsis: Shark VS. Train! WHO WILL WIN?!

If you think Superman vs. Batman would be an exciting matchup, wait until you see Shark vs. Train. In this hilarious and wacky picture book, Shark and Train egg each other on for one competition after another, including burping, bowling, Ping Pong, piano playing, pie eating, and many more! Who do YOU think will win, Shark or Train?

Add this book to your collection: Shark vs. Train

How Rocket Learned to Read

by Tad Hills

Publisher: Schwartz & Wade; 1 edition (July 27, 2010)

Publisher’s synopsis: Learn to read with this New York Times-bestselling picture book, starring an irresistible dog named Rocket and his teacher, a little yellow bird. Follow along as Rocket masters the alphabet, sounds out words, and finally . . . learns to read all on his own!

With a story that makes reading fun—and will even help listeners learn to read—this book is ideal for kindergarten classrooms and story hour or as a gift for that beginning reader. Fresh, charming art by Tad Hills, the New York Times bestselling author/illustrator of Duck & Goose, will make this a favorite.

Add this book to your collection: How Rocket Learned to Read

Little Pink Pup

by Johanna Kerby

Publisher: Putnam Juvenile (June 10, 2010)

Publisher’s synopsis: Pink was the runt of the pig litter. He was so small that the Kerby family didn’t think he would survive– so they brought him into the house where he met Tink, a new dachshund mom. When Tink saw Pink, she immediately adopted him into her family, and helped nurse him back to health. Pink thrived in his new family: the puppies didn’t mind that Pink looked nothing like them—he was just their size.

This remarkable story has already garnered a great deal of media attention: the irresistible photographs documenting Pink and Tink’s relationship have appeared on Good Morning America and The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Readers of all ages will be captivated by these adorable animals and the amazing bond that they share.

Add this book to your collection: Little Pink Pup

Hot Rod Hamster

by Cynthia Lord (Author), Derek Anderson (Illustrator)

Publisher: Scholastic Press (February 1, 2010)

Publisher’s synopsis: Old car, new car, shiny painted blue car

Rust car, clean car, itty-bitty green car.


Newbery Honor-author Cynthia Lord and New York Times bestselling illustrator Derek Anderson put the pedal to the metal in this endearing, rhythmic, rip-roaring race to the finish line where a hamster creates a sizzling hot rod with a little help from his new furry friends and YOU!

Add this book to your collection: Hot Rod Hamster

Even Monsters Need Haircuts

by Matthew McElligott

Publisher: Walker Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (July 20, 2010)

Publisher’s synopsis: Just before midnight, on the night of a full moon, a young barber stays out past his bedtime to go to work. Although his customers are mostly regulars, they are anything but normal–after all, even monsters need haircuts. Business is steady all night, and this barber is prepared for anything with his scissors, rotting tonic, horn polish, and stink wax. It’s a tough job, but someone’s got to help these creatures maintain their ghoulish good looks.

Perfect for any season, this is a hilarious story about a boy who follows in his father’s footsteps . . . in his own monstrously unique way.

Add this book to your collection: Even Monsters Need Haircuts

Third Grade to Fourth Grade Book of the Year

Bad Kitty vs. Uncle Murray: The Uproar at the Front Door

by Nick Bruel

Publisher: Scholastic (2010)

Publisher’s synopsis: Kitty’s owners are taking a week off and leaving Kitty and Puppy at home. So who’s going to watch them? Good ol’ Uncle Murray, star of the Fun Facts feature of previous Kitty books—the guy you thought knew everything about cats. Think again! It isn’t long before Uncle Murray is driven to near madness by shenanigans of epic proportions.

Add this book to your collection: Bad Kitty vs. Uncle Murray: The Uproar at the Front Door

Babymouse # 12: Burns Rubber

by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm

Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (January 12, 2010)

Publisher’s synopsis: Babymouse’s big dreams of becoming a race car driver come true when she and her best pal, Wilson, enter the Race of the Century (or at least the school year). But will she and Wilson crash and burn? Or will they cruise to the Winners’ Circle? Find out in Babymouse #12: Burns Rubber. Breaking records this spring!

Add this book to your collection: Babymouse # 12: Burns Rubber

Lunch Lady and the Summer Camp Shakedown

by Jarrett J. Krosoczka

Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (May 11, 2010)

Publisher’s synopsis: Lunch Lady and the Breakfast Bunch kids are looking forward to a relaxing summer vacation with no funny business. What evils could befall them at summer camp?
Of course, there is the legendary swamp monster. Stories say he haunts the camp at night. But that’s just a legend. Or is it?
Once again, Dee, Hector, and Terrence must help Lunch Lady prevail against a secret enemy!

Add this book to your collection: Lunch Lady and the Summer Camp Shakedown


by Wendy Mass

Publisher: Scholastic Press; 1 edition (March 1, 2010)

Publisher’s synopsis: You can pierce your ears when you’re twelve. You can go to the mall with your friends when you’re twelve. You can babysit little Timmy next door when you’re twelve. You can get a cell phone when you’re twelve. Hey, you can even ride in the front passenger-side seat when you’re twelve.

When you’re twelve, when you’re twelve, when you’re twelve . . .

My name is Rory Swenson, and I’ve been waiting to turn twelve my whole life. In exactly 18 hours, 36 minutes, and 52 seconds, it will finally happen.

My life will officially begin.

Add this book to your collection: Finally

Encyclopedia Mythologica: Gods & Heroes

by Matthew Reinhart and Robert Sabuda

Publisher: Candlewick; Pop edition (January 4, 2010)

Publisher’s synopsis: The creators of the New York Times best-selling Encyclopedia Prehistorica series offer a mythic look at the mysteries of the past with an entire pantheon of remarkable pop-ups.

For all of recorded history, humans have sought to understand Earth’s mysteries in the realm of the divine — and aspired to conduct themselves as heroes. Only gods, of course, could push the sun across the sky,forge entire continents, and impel mountains to touch the clouds. In this stunning volume, the incomparable team of Matthew Reinhart and Robert Sabuda take us to Ra-Atum’s land in Ancient Egypt; above the Grecian clouds to Zeus’s Mount Olympus; up to Norse god Odin’s frozen north; to the Far East, where the Jade Emperor sits in the heavens; into the wilds of Oceania, where Pele’s volcanic rage simmers below the earth; and to many more lands and times, all rich with sacred myths and legends.

Add this book to your collection: Encyclopedia Mythologica: Gods & Heroes

Fifth Grade to Sixth Grade Book of the Year

Big Nate: In a Class by Himself

by Lincoln Peirce

Publisher: HarperCollins; 1 edition (March 23, 2010)

Publisher’s synsopsis: Big Nate is in a class by himself!

But things don’t always go your way just because you’re awesome.

  • Nate barely survives his dad’s toxic oatmeal before rushing off to school—minus his lunch.
  • He body slams the no-nonsense principal.
  • He accidentally insults his least favorite teacher, the horrifying Mrs. Godfrey (aka Godzilla).
  • And school has barely started!

Nate keeps his cool. He knows he’s destined for greatness. A fortune cookie told him so.

For fans of the ever popular, ever hilarious Diary of a Wimpy Kid series: Get ready to meet Big Nate!

Add this book to your collection: Big Nate: In a Class by Himself


by Peter H. Reynolds and FableVision

Publisher: Atheneum (May 4, 2010)

Publisher’s synsopsis: Zebrafish will ROCK YOUR WORLD!

Add this book to your collection: Zebrafish

The Red Pyramid (The Kane Chronicles, Book 1)

by Rick Riordan

Publisher: Hyperion Book CH (May 4, 2010)

Publisher’s synsopsis: Since their mother’s death, Carter and Sadie have become near strangers. Sadie lived with her grandparents in London while her brother traveled the world with their father, Egyptologist Dr. Julius Kane. One night, Dr. Kane brings the siblings together for a “research experiment” at the British Museum, where he hopes to set things right with his family. Instead, he unleashes the Egyptian god Set, who banishes him to oblivion and forces the children to flee for their lives.

Add this book to your collection: The Red Pyramid

It’s a Book

by Lane Smith

Publisher: Roaring Brook Press; First Edition edition (August 17, 2010)

Publisher’s synopsis: A wry exchange between an IT-savvy donkey, a book-loving ape and a mouse forms this playful and lighthearted examination of print as a medium in the digital age. With a subversive and signature Lane Smith twist, this satisfying, perfectly executed picture book has something to say about the importance of reading to children and adults alike.

Add this book to your collection: It’s a Book


by Raina Telgemeier

Publisher: GRAPHIX (February 1, 2010)

Publisher’s synsopsis: Raina just wants to be a normal sixth grader. But one night after Girl Scouts she trips and falls, severely injuring her two front teeth, and what follows is a long and frustrating journey with on-again, off-again braces, surgery, embarrassing headgear, and even a retainer with fake teeth attached. And on top of all that, there’s still more to deal with: a major earthquake, boy confusion, and friends who turn out to be not so friendly.

This coming-of-age true story is sure to resonate with anyone who has ever been in middle school, and especially those who have ever had a bit of their own dental drama.

Add this book to your collection: Smile

Teen Choice Book of the Year

Burned (House of Night, Book 7)

by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast

Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin; First Edition edition (April 27, 2010)

Publisher’s synsopsis: When friends stop trusting each other, Darkness is there to fan the flames….

Things have turned black at the House of Night. Zoey Redbird’s soul has shattered. With everything she’s ever stood for falling apart, and a broken heart making her want to stay in the Otherworld forever, Zoey’s fading fast. It’s seeming more and more doubtful that she will be able pull herself back together in time to rejoin her friends and set the world to rights. As the only living person who can reach her, Stark must find a way to get to her.  But how?  He will have to die to do so, the Vampyre High Council stipulates.  And then Zoey will give up for sure. There are only 7 days left…

Add this book to your collection: Burned

Mockingjay (The Final Book of The Hunger Games)

by Suzanne Collins

Publisher: Scholastic Press; 1 edition (August 24, 2010)

Publisher’s synsopsis: Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she’s made it out of the bloody arena alive, she’s still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge. Who do they think should pay for the unrest? Katniss. And what’s worse, President Snow has made it clear that no one else is safe either. Not Katniss’s family, not her friends, not the people of District 12. Powerful and haunting, this thrilling final installment of Suzanne Collins’s groundbreaking The Hunger Games trilogy promises to be one of the most talked about books of the year.

Add this book to your collection: Mockingjay

Will Grayson, Will Grayson

by John Green and David Levithan

Publisher: Speak; Reprint edition (April 5, 2011)

Publisher’s synsopsis: One cold night, in a most unlikely corner of Chicago, Will Grayson crosses paths with . . . Will Grayson. Two teens with the same name, running in two very different circles, suddenly find their lives going in new and unexpected directions, and culminating in epic turns-of-heart and the most fabulous musical ever to grace the high school stage. Told in alternating voices from two YA superstars, this collaborative novel features a double helping of the heart and humor that have won them both legions of fans.

Add this book to your collection: Will Grayson, Will Grayson

Spirit Bound (Vampire Academy, Book 5)

by Richelle Mead

Publisher: Razorbill; 1 edition (February 22, 2011)

Publisher’s synsopsis: After a long and heartbreaking journey to Dimitri’s birthplace in Siberia, Rose Hathaway has finally returned to St. Vladimir’s – and to her best friend, Lissa. It is at long last graduation, and the girls can’t wait for their real lives beyond the Academy’s iron gates to begin. But Rose’s heart still aches for Dimitri, and she knows he’s out there, somewhere.

She failed to kill him when she had the chance. And now her worst fears are about to come true. Dimitri has tasted her blood, and now he is hunting her. And this time he won’t rest until Rose joins him . . . forever.

Add this book to your collection: Spirit Bound

Fang (A Maximum Ride Novel)

by James Patterson

Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; Reprint edition (January 4, 2011)

Publisher’s synsopsis: Angel says that Fang will be the first to die, and Angel is never wrong. Maximum Ride is used to living desperately on the run from evil forces sabotaging her quest to save the world–but nothing has ever come as close to destroying her as this horrifying prophetic message. Fang is Max’s best friend, her soul mate, her partner in the leadership of her flock of winged children. A life without Fang is a life unimaginable.

When a newly created winged boy, the magnificent Dylan, is introduced into the flock, their world is upended yet again. Raised in a lab like the others, Dylan exists for only one reason: he was designed to be Max’s perfect other half. Thus unfolds a battle of perfection versus passion that terrifies, twists, and turns . . . and meanwhile, the apocalypse is coming.

Add this book to your collection: Fang

Author of the Year

Cassandra Clare for Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, Book 1)

Suzanne Collins for Mockingjay (The Final Book of The Hunger Games)

Jeff Kinney for Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth

Stephenie Meyer for The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner

Rick Riordan for The Lost Hero (The Heroes of Olympus, Book 1)

Illustrator of the Year

Robin Preiss Glasser for Fancy Nancy and the Fabulous Fashion Boutique

Loren Long for Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters

Nancy Tillman for Wherever You Are: My Love Will Find You

David Wiesner for Art & Max

Mo Willems for Knuffle Bunny Free: An Unexpected Diversion

TCBR’s Votes Go To …

How Rocket Learned to Read by Tad Hills

Lunch Lady and the Summer Camp Shakedown by Jarrett J. Krosoczka

Big Nate: In a Class by Himself by Lincoln Peirce

Mockingjay (The Final Book of The Hunger Games) by Suzanne Collins

Rick Riordan for The Lost Hero (The Heroes of Olympus, Book 1)

David Wiesner for Art & Max

Give the power to your kids. Which book(s), author and illustrator are they going to vote for?

Bianca Schulze is the founder of The Children’s Book Review. She is a reader, reviewer, mother and children’s book lover. She also has a decade’s worth of experience working with children in the great outdoors. Combined with her love of books and experience as a children’s specialist bookseller, the goal is to share her passion for children’s literature to grow readers. Born and raised in Sydney, Australia, she now lives with her husband and three children near Boulder, Colorado.

  • I am the pre-reader story lady at our library and I am including one book a week from the K-2nd grade finalists in my storytime program. These are all wonderful books. It will be interesting to see which books the children select as their personal favorite.

    March 31, 2011
    • I know, I find it so fun to see which books the children REALLY relate to.

      March 31, 2011

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