The Children’s Book Award is the only national children’s book award voted for entirely by children. The award ceremony currently takes place annually in the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London during the Imagine Festival in February.
It was founded in 1980 as the Children’s Book Award by the FCBG’s Pat Thomson to celebrate the books that children themselves love reading, and each year since then children in Federation of Children's Book Group book groups around the UK and via the RHCBA website have been reading as many new books as they can and voting to pick both the shortlist and the eventual winners.
The West Wales Children's Book Group is one of the book groups which reads and votes for the Children's Book Award.
When you join, you get the chance to read the latest books for children and young people, completely free!
Schools are also welcome to join as members; the school then has the opportunity to offer pupils the chance to read and vote for the award. Ask if your school is a member and tests for the CBA.
Each time you read one of the books eligible for voting that year, have your say and give it a vote!
Place your votes by emailing votes[at]wwcbg.org.uk
Each year a group of young people from Pembrokeshire who have been taking part in the award voting are selected because of their love of reading to represent the county and the book group at the national award ceremony in London.
Four pupils from Roch Primary School took part in the 2014 book award ceremony, presenting a portfolio of letters and artwork to author and illustrator Alex T Smith, who was shortlisted for Claude in the Country.
They also had lunch with author and illustrator Rachel Bright who talked to them about her work and their favourite books.
This year's Overall Winner was Rick Yancey for The 5th Wave - the first book in his trilogy about an alien-occupied Earth.
Former children's laureate Julia Donaldson and Guffalo co-creator Axel Scheffler won the award for younger children category with Superworm, while Jennifer Gray's Atticus Claw Breaks the Law was the winner in the books for younger readers category.
In 2013, four pupils from Pembroke Dock Community School represented Pembrokeshire at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London. After a superb celebratory lunch, with author Caryl Hart on their table, they presented comedian, David Walliams, author of Gangsta Granny, with a portfolio of children’s letters and drawings.
The award for the overall winner went to Spooky Spooky House by Andrew Weale and Lee Wildish, who also won the Younger Children category. Gangsta Granny won the Younger Readers category, and TimeRiders by Alex Scarrow won the Older Readers category.
In 2012, five pupils represented Pembrokeshire at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London; two from Milford Haven School, one from Ysgol y Preseli and two from Fenton Primary School. They were chosen to announce the overall winner! The pupils were led on stage by author Michael Morpurgo and comedian James Campbell, before revealing Patrick Ness as the overall winner for his beautiful A Monster Calls.
They also attended the awards lunch with the shortlisted authors and illustrators, and sat next to winning illustrator of A Monster Calls, Jim Kay, who gave them a mention on his web site.
"It was a totally brilliant day and great to meet the authors and illustrators who were interested in hearing about us and what we thought," said one of the Pembrokeshire pupils.
Scruffy Bear and the Six White Mice by Chris Wormell won the Younger Children category, while The Brilliant World of Tom Gates by Liz Pichon came top in the Younger Readers poll.
Four avid readers, three pupils from Roch Primary School and one pupil from Pembroke School, were chosen to attend the 2011 award ceremony at the Botanical Gardens in Birmingham. After a wonderful celebratory lunch with shortlisted authors and illustrators, they presented their portfolio to Katie Davies, author shortlisted for The Great Hamster Massacre, and were lucky to meet overall winner Michael Morpurgo after the ceremony, clutching his beautiful book tree trophy!