The Children's Choice Book Awards have been announced for 2008. The books of the year by category are as follows.
Kindergarten to Second Grade
Frankie Stein by Lola M. Schaefer
Third to Fourth Grade
Big Cats by Elaine Landau
Fifth to Sixth Grade
Encyclopedia Horrifica by Joshua Gee
Illustrator of the Year
Ian Falconer for Olivia Helps With Christmas
Author of the Year
J. K. Rowling for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
The first annual Impact Award went to NBC's Al Roker for his work with kids and books via "Al's Book Club for Kids."
The awards were announced on Tuesday, May 13, at the Children's Choice Book Awards Gala in New York City. The gala was hosted by author Jon Scieszka (rhymes with "Fresca"), the National Ambassador of Young People's Literature and spokesperson for Children's Book Week.
The Children's Book Council, the official sponsor of the Children's Choice Book Awards, is a nonprofit trade association of publishers of children's and young adult trade books in the United States. Trade books are those published for general readership -- as opposed to specific readership, like a classroom -- and are available through book stores and major book clubs.