Children’s and Teen Choice Book Awards Voting Is Open

The only national book awards voted on by kids and teens, this year’s finalists include Julian Is a Mermaid by Jessica Love, The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton, and The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo. Students can cast their vote until June 2.

Young readers can now vote in the Children’s and Teen Choice Book Awards, “the only national book awards voted on only by kids and teens” according to the award’s administrators, the Children’s Book Council (CBC) and Every Child a Reader. This year’s nominees include Julián Is a Mermaid by Jessica Love, Fakers by H. P. Wood, Pizzasaurus Rex by Justin Wagner, The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang, The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton, and The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo.Children's and Teen Choice Book Awards Logo

To determine the finalists, thousands of children in the U.S. pre-voted for their favorite titles of 2018, with coordination by the International Literacy Association. Teen books were nominated by readers at

The awards allow librarians and teachers to cast votes as a class or group at, from March 1–June 2. Students can also cast their vote individually on the website, which is COPA-compliant and will not request any personal information.

The site features downloadable resources to get students involved in the voting process, including ballots, coloring pages, shelf talkers, and instructions to construct a voting booth with 13-inch test-taking screens. As an added bonus, the CBC is offering four free books to schools and libraries that send in a receipt for their cardboard screen.

See below for the full list of finalists.


K–2nd Grade Book of the Year Finalists

Day at the Beach, written and illustrated by Tom Booth

Grow Up, David!, written and illustrated by David Shannon

I Say Ooh You Say Aah, written and illustrated By John Kane

Julián Is a Mermaid, written and illustrated by Jessica Love

There’s a Dragon in Your Book by Tom Fletcher; illustrated by Greg Abbott

3rd–4th Grade Book of the Year Finalists

Back to The Future: The Classic Illustrated Storybook by Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale;

illustrated by Kim Smith

Down by the River by Andrew Weiner; illustrated by April Chu

The Mushroom Fan Club, written and illustrated by Elise Gravel

Safari Pug by Laura James; illustrated By Églantine Ceulemans

School People by Lee Bennett Hopkins; illustrated by Ellen Shi

5th–6th Grade Book of the Year Finalists

Be the Change: The Future is In Your Hand by Eunice Moyle & Sabrina Moyle

Fakers: An Insider’s Guide to Cons, Hoaxes, and Scams by H. P. Wood; illustrated by David Clark

Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes

Pizzasaurus Rex by Justin Wagner and Warren Wucinich

Sewing the Rainbow: A Story About Gilbert Baker by Gayle E. Pitman; illustrated by Holly Clifton-Brown


The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton

Furyborn by Claire Legrand

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang

Wildcard by Marie Lu

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