Monday, May 19, 2008

J.K. Rowling, 2007 Author of the Year

CBC Invites Kids to Vote for Children's Choice Book Awards

SLJ Staff -- School Library Journal, 3/24/2008 10:43:00 AM

The Children’s Book Council (CBC) is inviting kids to help select their favorite book, author, and illustrator as part of the organization’s first "Children's Choice Book Awards."

The CBC, a trade association for children’s book publishers, has released a list of 25 nominees in five categories. Students can cast their ballots at a special online site through May 4, and the winners will be announced at a Children's Book Week (May 12-18) gala on May 13.

The event is a new feature of Children's Book Week, which was recent moved from November to May. The CBC also just named Jon Scieszka the inaugural National Ambassador for Young People's Literature , as part of a program sponsored by the CBC and the Library of Congress.

"The program will allow children from across the country to discover what other children like to read," says Robin Adelson, executive director of the CBC, says of the choice awards. "We believe that by empowering children to express their opinions, it will positively impact their perspective and interest in books and bring a renewed excitement to reading."

2007 Author of the Year

J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Scholastic)

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