Morpurgo, Simon and Ross make 2016 Children’s Book shortlist

Morpurgo, Simon and Ross make 2016 Children’s Book shortlist

Books by Michael Morpugo, Francesca Simon and Tony Ross have been shortlisted for this year's Children's Book Awards.

The awards are divided into three categories: books for younger children, books for younger readers and books for older readers.

Is There a Dog in This Book (Walker) by Viviane Schwarz, Ready, Steady, Jump (Anderson) by Jeanne Willis and Adrian Reynolds, This Book Just Ate My Dog (Oxford) by Richard Byrne and Fabulous Pie (Scholastic) by Gareth Edwards and Guy Parker-Rees were shortlisted in the first category, books for younger children.

The shortlist for the second category, books for younger readers, consists of Boy in the Tower (Doubleday) by Polly Ho-Yen, Horrid Henry’s Krazy Ketchup (Orion) by Francesca Simon, illustrated by Tony Ross, My Headteacher is a Vampire Rat (Nosy Crow) by Pamela Butchart, illustrated by Thomas Flintham.

Listen to the Moon (HarperCollins) by Michael Morpurgo, Apple and Rain (Bloomsbury) by Sarah Crossan, and Smart (Macmillan) by Kim Slater conclude the books in the final category, books for older readers.

Wendy Gilham, Children’s Book Award co-ordinator, said: “It is always fascinating to see what the children from the Federation of Children’s Book Groups have enjoyed reading and this year they have chosen a truly great shortlist. It is an exciting combination of favourite authors, characters and the latest debut novels.”

The award is the only national award for children’s books that is voted for entirely by children. The 10 titles on the shortlists were chosen by children who read and voted for the books at events organised nationwide by the Federation of Children’s Book Groups.

Past winners have included JK Rowling, Patrick Ness, Malorie Blackman and Michael Morpurgo.

Children will vote for their favourite of the 10 shortlisted titles. The category winners and the author of the best children’s book published in 2015 will be announced at an awards ceremony on Saturday 28th May 2016.