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Kids can vote for the Children's & Teen Choice Book Awards

One nominated book.
One nominated book.

Started in 2008 by the Children's Book Council and Every Child a Reader, The Children’s & Teen Choice Book Awards program is the only national award voted on by children and teens. Publishers submit hundreds of titles to be evaluated and voted on by children in classrooms across the country--the most popular of these titles are chosen as finalists. With the list of finalists determined, the voting opens to all children and teens to determine the winner in each category: K-Grade 2 | Grades 3-4 | Grades 5-6 | Teen Choice at the Children’s Choice Book Awards gala as part of Children’s Book Week, the oldest national literacy event in the United States.

In 2013, young readers across the country voted in record numbers for their favorite books, author, and illustrator at bookstores, school libraries, and at, casting more than 1,000,000 votes.

The winner of the 2013 Teen Choice Book Award was The Fault in our Stars by John Green. The story is about a girl with cancer. Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel is still terminal. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.

2014 Teen Book of the Year nominations are:

* Allegiant by Veronica Roth (Katherine Tegen/HarperCollins)

* Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell (St. Martin’s Press)

* Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices) by Cassandra Clare (Margaret K. McElderry/S&S)

* Smoke by Ellen Hopkins (Margaret K. McElderry/S&S)

* The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey (Putnam)

The Children’s Choice Book Awards program is based on Children's Choices, a joint project of the International Reading Association (IRA) and the Children's Book Council since 1975. Winners are announced at the Children’s Choice Book Awards gala as part of Children’s Book Week. The 2013 winner for grades K-2 was Nighttime Ninja, by Barbara DaCosta. The winner for grades 3-4 was Bad Kitty for President by Nick Bruel. The winner for grades 5-6 was Tales from a Not-So-Graceful Ice Princess (Dork Diaries, No. 4) by Rachel Renee Russell.

The 2014 finalists are:

Grades K-2:

The Day the Crayons Quit by Oliver Jeffers

Mustache Baby by Bridget Heos

Alphabet Trucks by Samantha R. Vamos

Bear and Bee Too Busy by Sergio Ruzzier

Chamelia and the New Kid in Class by Ethan Long

Grades 3-4:

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

Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote: A Migrant’s Tale by Duncan Tonatiuh

Bugs in My Hair by David Shannon

Grades 5-6:

* Prince Puggly of Spud and the Kingdom of Spiff by Robert Paul Weston

* Lawless: Book 1 by Jeffrey Salane

* National Geographic Kids Myths Busted!: Just When You Thought You Knew What You Knew... by Emily Krieger

* Hokey Pokey by Jerry Spinelli

* Battling Boy by Paul Pope

All the nominees can be viewed here. Voting is open March 25, 2014 and runs through May 12. Click here for more information and an online voting link.

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