The Children's Book Council's gala this past Monday announced the winners of the annual Children's Book Choice Awards - the only awards for kids' books chosen by kids themselves. Rick Riordan took Author of the Year for The Lost Hero, with David Wiesner as Illustrator of the Year, for Art & Max. The other awards were divided by grades as follows: kindergarten to second grade choice: Little Pink Pup by Johanna Kerby; third to fourth grade: Lunch Lady and the Summer Camp Shakedown by Jarrett Krosoczka; fifth to sixth grade The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan; and the teen choice Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan.
Aside from the awards, the most exciting part of the ceremony seems to have been a surprise visit from Jersey Shore star, Snooki! Jon Scieszka surprised the emcee Jarrett Krosoczka, (and probably most everyone in the audience, as well), and then had a sing-along with Levar Burton from Reading Rainbow. My goodness, don't you just love the people of the children's book world? No matter how the industry may change, I think at least our authors and illustrators will still be the same - merrymaking kids at heart.