Jeffers, Walliams and Blackman on Red House Children's Book Awards shortlists

Jeffers, Walliams and Blackman on Red House Children's Book Awards shortlists

Oliver Jeffers, David Walliams and Malorie Blackman are some of the big-name authors on the shortlists for the 2015 Red House Children’s Book Awards.
 
The shortlist is divided into three categories and in the youngest group - books for younger children - the nominations are Dragon Loves Penguin by Debi Gliori (Bloomsbury), The Day the Crayons Quit by Oliver Jeffers and Drew Daywalt (HarperCollins), Go to Sleep or I Let Loose The Leopard by Steve Cole and Bruce Ingman (Jonathan Cape), and That Is Not a Good Idea by Mo Willems (Walker).
 
In the books for younger readers category, Baby Aliens Got My Teacher by Pamela Butchart (Nosy Crow), The Bomber Dog by Megan Rix (Puffin) and Demon Dentist by David Walliams (HarperCollins) are on the shortlist, and in books for older readers group, Noble Conflict by Malorie Blackman (Doubleday) Prince of the Icemark by Stuart Hill (Chicken House) and Split Second by Sophie McKenzie (Simon & Schuster) are shortlisted.
 
The Red House awards are coordinated by the Federation of Children’s Book Groups (FCBG) and are the only national book award voted for solely by children, who can make their choices until 15th January on the www.rhcba.co.uk website.
 
Seni Glaister, CEO of the Book People, which owns the Red House brand, said: ‘As ever, it’s children that have come up with this truly excellent shortlist – and it’s the nation's children that will decide the winners. Any child is eligible to vote and experience has taught me to have every faith in them and their decisions. They unerringly spot great writing talent and, often, they spot it first.”
 
The category winners and one overall winner of the best children’s book published will be announced at an awards ceremony at the Southbank centre in London on the 21st February 2015.
 
The winner of the overall 2014 Red House Children’s Book Award was Rick Yancey for The 5th Wave, a YA science fiction thriller about a teenage girl on the run from alien killers.
 
Yancey’s title was also the winner in the books for older readers category, while Atticus Claw Breaks The Law by Jennifer Gray was announced as the best book for younger readers. In the books for younger children category, Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s Superworm won the award.