Costa award winning author Katherine Rundell and US YA writer Susan Nielsen are amongst those shortlisted for the Children’s Book Award 2018, organised by the Federation of Children’s Book Groups (FCBG).
Rundell’s novel The Explorer (Bloomsbury Children’s), which won the Costa Children's Award, is shortlisted in the ‘books for younger readers’ category alongside The Goldfish Boy by Lisa Thompson (Scholastic) and The Island at the End of Everything by Kiran Millwood Hargrave (Chicken House).
Nielsen is in the running for the ‘books for older readers’ prize with Optimists Die First (Andersen Prize) and is up against Ink by Alice Broadway (Scholastic) and I Have No Secrets by Penny Joelson (Electric Monkey/Egmont).
Four further books are shortlisted for the ‘books for younger children’ award: Edgar and the Sausage Inspector by Jan Fearnley (Nosy Crow), Mrs Mole, I’m Home! by Jarvis (Walker), The Secret of Black Rock by Joe Todd-Stanton (Flying Eye Books), and I Dare You by Reece Wykes (Andersen Press).
The category winners and one overall winner will be announced at a ceremony in central London on 9th June.