Calling All Children and Teens! Looking for a Good Book to Read This Summer?

Summer is a time children and teens can choose to read whatever they like. A bonus is the reading they do in the summer helps them retain what they have learned over the past school year. The Children and Teen Choice Awards sponsored by the Children's Book Council  are chosen by children and teens themselves. They were announced March 14 in New York.

There was a controversy this year when Rush Limbaugh’s Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims: Time-Travel Adventures with Exceptional Americans made the list for Author of the Year and won. The award is for popularity. Limbaugh was able to promote the purchase of and voting for his book on his show. Your child will have to read it for himself or herself to decide if it is truly a winner.

Book of the Year, kindergarten through second grade
Winner: The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt, illustrated by Oliver Jeffers
Alphabet Trucks by Samantha R. Vamos, illustrated by Ryan O'Rourke
Mustache Baby by Bridget Heos, illustrated by Joy Ang
Bear and Bee by Sergio Ruzzier

Book of the Year, third through fourth grade
Winner: Bugs in My Hair! by David Shannon
Bean Dog and Nugget: The Ball by Charise Mericle Harper
Cougar: A Cat With Many Names by Stephen Person
The Matchbox Diary by Paul Fleischman, illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline
Book of the Year, fifth through sixth grade
Winner: Myths Busted! : Just When You Thought You Knew What You Knew -- by Emily Krieger, illustrated by Tom Nick Cocotos
Hokey Pokey by Jerry Spinelli
Prince Puggly of Spud by Robert Paul Weston
Lawless: Book 1 by Jeffrey Salane
Battling Boy by Paul Pope

Book of the Year, teens
Winner: Allegiant by Veronica Roth
Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
Smoke by Ellen Hopkins
The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

Illustrator of the Year
Winner: Grace Lee, Sofia the First: The FloatingPalace
Victoria Kann, Emeraldalicious
Oliver Jeffers, The Day the Crayons Quit

Author of the Year
Veronica Roth, Allegiant
Rick Riordan, The House of Hades
Jeff Kinney, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck