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Children’s & Teen Book Award 2020 Announced

December 10, 2020


Every Child a Reader, a nonprofit literacy organization dedicated to inspiring a love of reading in children and teens, is pleased to announce the winners and honor books in the four categories of the 13th Annual Children’s & Teen Choice Book Awards.

These awards, the one national book awards chosen only by kids and teens, provide young readers with an opportunity to voice their choice about new books that they read and loved this year. Voting was conducted in person and virtually in classrooms, libraries, bookstores, and at home, from September 14 until November 15, the last day of fall Children’s Book Week.

Shaina Birkhead, Associate Executive Director for Children’s Book Council and Every Child a Reader, stated: “Each year we love providing the opportunity for kids to make their voices heard. It is an honor to work with the teachers, librarians, and booksellers who connect with kids every day. We like to introduce new aspects to the awards each year, from voting ballots to creator videos. We also moved the voting this year to the fall to coincide with our fall celebration of Children’s Book Week.”

For the first time, short videos by the finalists were produced in conjunction with KidLitTV and made available to everyone. If you missed them or want to watch them again, check them out here.


The winners are….

The K – 2nd Grade Children’s Choice Book Award:  

Winner: THE GOOD EGG, by Jory John. Illus. Pete Oswald (HarperCollins)

Honor: BABYSITTER FROM ANOTHER PLANET, written and illustrated by Stephen Savage (Holiday House / Neal Porter Books)  


The 3rd – 4th Grade Children’s Choice Book Award:  

Winner: UNDEFEATED, by Kwame Alexander. Illus. Kadir Nelson (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt / Versify)

Honor: MR. POSEY’S NEW GLASSES, by Ted Kooser. Illus. Daniel Duncan (Candlewick Press)  


The 5th – 6th Grade Children’s Choice Book Award:  

Winner: GUTS, by Raina Telgemeier (Scholastic / Graphix)

Honor: PANDORA’S LEGACY, by Bones Leopard. Illus. Kelly Matthews and Nichole Matthews (BOOM! Studios / KaBOOM!)  


The Teen Choice Book Award:  

Winner: MIRROR, MIRROR: A TWISTED TALE, by Jen Calonita (Disney Book Group / Hyperion)

Honor: WATCH US RISE, by Renée Watson and Ellen Hagan (Bloomsbury YA)  


About the Childrens & Teen Choice Book Awards Launched in 2008 by Every Child a Reader and the Childrens Book Council, the awards are the sole national book awards chosen only by kids and teens. The seven finalists in each of the Childrens & Teen Choice Book Awards categories were chosen in pre-reading and voting by children from different regions of the U.S., with supervision by the International Literacy Association.   

About Every Child a Reader & the Childrens Book Council Every Child a Reader is a 501(c)(3) literacy charity dedicated to inspiring a lifelong love of reading in children and teens. Every Child a Readers national programs include Childrens Book Week (celebrating its 101st anniversary this year), Get Caught Reading, the National Ambassador for Young Peoples Literature program (in conjunction with the Library of Congress), and the Childrens & Teen Choice Book Awards. Every Child a Reader is managed by the Childrens Book Council, the nonprofit trade association for childrens book publishers in North America, partnering with national organizations on reading lists, educational programming, and diversity initiatives.

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