The Federation of Children's Book Groups in the UK has published the authors shortlisted for the annual awards, founded in 1980. Now it's up to kids to vote for their favorites in three categories, as well as an overall winner.
In all, ten writers/illustrators' books have been nominated for the Children's Book Award 2017. The awards are considered unique in that they claim to be the only national award for children's books voted for by children themselves. Previous winners include JK Rowling, Malorie Blackman, Anthony Horowitz and Michael Morpurgo (who has already won three times, and is nominated once again this year.)
Favorites for the top prize are the best-selling authors Robin Stevens ("A Murder Most Unladylike" series) and Mark Lowery ("Socks Are Not enough", "Pants Are Everything".) Illustrators Jim Field and Benji Davies are also popular choices.
Voting closes on May 12. The results will be revealed at a ceremony in London on June 10, 2017, and posted simultaneously on Twitter @FCBGNews #FCBGCBA17. The full list of nominations can be found below.
Books for Younger Children
"Chicken Nugget," Michelle Robinson, illustrated by Tom McLaughlin, published by Puffin
"Oi Dog," Kes Gray and Claire Gray and illustrated by Jim Field, published by Hodder
"Grandad's Island," Benji Davies, published by Simon and Schuster
"Gracie Grabbit and the Tiger," Helen Stephens, published by Scholastic
Books for Younger Readers
"The Accidental Pirates (Voyage to Magical North)," Claire Fayer, published by Macmillan
"An Eagle in the Snow," Michael Morpurgo, illustrated by Michael Foreman, published by Harper Collins
"The Jam Doughnut that Ruined my Life," Mark Lowery, illustrated by Hannah Shaw, published by Piccadilly
Books for Older Readers
"One," Sarah Crossan, published by Bloomsbury
"Car-Jacked," Ali Sparkes
"Mistletoe and Murder," Robin Stevens, published by Penguin Random House