It's no big surprise that J.K. Rowling has won the Children's Choice Book Award for Author of the Year. Who else has enjoyed a bigger following in kid lit this past decade? Her final installment in the Harry Potter series — Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — was the most anticipated children's book of last year.
Around 55,000 across the country voted online and at libraries and bookstores in this inaugural event sponsored by the Children's Book Council. The winners in the Book of the Year categories are:
Kindergarten to Second Grade: Frankie Stein by Lola M. Schaefer, illustrated by Kevan Atteberry
Third/Fourth Grade: Big Cats: Hunters of the Night by Elaine Landau
Fifth/Sixth Grade: Encyclopedia Horrifica: The Terrifying TRUTH! About Vampires, Ghosts, Monsters, and More by Joshua Gee
Illustrator of the Year was awarded to Ian Falconer for Olivia Helps With Christmas