Children choose their favourite book

Posted on Sunday, February 19, 2017

Children have voted Pamela Butchart's My Teacher is a Vampire Rat, illustrated by Thomas Flintham, as the winner of the The Children's Book Award 2016.

Pamela and Thomas have already won the Blue Peter Best Story Award in 2015 for The Spy Who Loved School Dinners. Both books are published by Nosy Crow. Apple and Rain by Sarah Crossan won the Books for Older Readers category and Is There A Dog In This Book? by Viviane Schwarz won the Books for Younger Children category. The Children's Book Award is the only national award for children's books that is voted for entirely by children. Previous winners have included J.K. Rowling, Patrick Ness, Andy Stanton, Malorie Blackman, Anthony Horowitz and Michael Morpurgo, who has won a record three times. The award is run by the Federation of Children's Book Groups. These are the titles that were shortlisted for The Children's Book Award 2016: Books for Younger Children Is There a Dog in This Book? by Viviane Schwarz (Walker) Read, Steady, Jump by Jeanne Willis and Adrian Reynolds (Anderson) This Book Just Ate My Dog by Richard Byrne (Oxford) Fabulous Pie by Gareth Edwards and Guy Parker-Rees (Scholastic) Books for Younger Readers Boy in the Tower by Polly Ho-Yen (Doubleday) Horrid Henrys Krazy Ketchup by Francesca Simon, illustrated by Tony Ross (Orion) My Headteacher is a Vampire Rat by Pamela Butchart, illustrated by Thomas Flintham (Nosy Crow) Books for Older Readers Listen to the Moon by Michael Morpurgo (Harper Collins) Apple and Rain by Sarah Crossan (Bloomsbury) Smart by Kim Slater (Macmillan) Jane Etheridge, the FCBG chair, said, "We are thrilled with the children's choices this year. This award shows what the children of Britain love to read."

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