The Children’s Book Award is owned and coordinated by the charity the Federation of Children’s Book Groups. Inaugurated in 1980, it is the only national award voted for solely by children from start to finish.

Here are some of our 2018 top ten authors and illustrators at the awards’ ceremony. (copyright Ed Thompson)

And here are the books the children voted as their winners in 2018!!

Click here for exclusive interviews with them all.

Overall Winner and Winner of the Younger Readers Category

The Explorer, written by Katherine Rundell and illustrated by Hannah Horn, published by Bloomsbury.

Winner of the Younger Childrens Category

I Dare You written and illustrated by Reece Wykes and published by Andersen Press.

Winner of our Older Readers Category

I Have No Secrets written by Penny Joelson and published byEgmont (Electric Monkey).

Congratulations to them all.


Why join in with the Children’s Book Award?

Overall Winner 2017 An Eagle in the Snow: Michael Morpurgo and Michael Foreman (pictured)

It is highly regarded by parents, teachers, librarians, publishers and children’s authors and illustrators as it truly represents the children’s choice.

Thanks to the support of the publishers, over 1,000 new books are donated to be read and reviewed by our Testing Groups across the country every year, with over 150,000 total votes being cast in the process. At the end of each testing year, nearly 12,000 books are donated to hospitals, women’s refuges, nurseries and disadvantaged schools by our groups.

Headline Sponsor 2019

Want to get involved in voting for the children's choice?

Sign up here to receive the latest news from the FCBG Children’s Book Award

Download a presentation on the Children’s Book Award and its outreach work.

I am message box. Click edit button to change this text.