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Christian Book Award® | Childrens Criteria

Category Description

This award category accepts nominations for fiction and nonfiction material for audience ages 0-8 (preschool and elementary) to include:

 

  • Children's picture books
  • Early readers and chapter books
  • Non-fictional material for children

 

Judging Criteria - children’s picture books (fiction or nonfiction)*

1. Characterization
Do the author and illustrator create convincing, memorable characters to which the child can relate?

2. Content
Do the story and illustrations appeal to the intended audience, holding a child’s interest and/or encouraging him/her to continue looking at or reading the book?
Is the approach original and creative?
Is there a logical sequence of events?
Is the material consistent with a Christian worldview?

3. Theme
Is the title appropriate and engaging?
Does the message overpower the story or is it a natural, well-integrated component of the story?
Is the theme age-appropriate and well-developed?

4. Writing Style
Is the vocabulary age-appropriate?
Do specific and concrete details appeal to the senses?
Do the rhythm and word choice engage the audience?

Are there errors in spelling, grammar, paragraphing, and punctuation? Are words used incorrectly?

5. Illustration / Design
Does the cover of the book make the audience want to look at it/read it?
Do the illustrations correspond to text, enhance characterizations, and inspire the imagination of a child?
Does the type and format contribute to the overall design and readability of the book?

6. Impact
Does the story respond to a need, fulfill an interest, or imaginatively engage the intended audience?
Do all the elements of the book contribute harmoniously to a total impact of excellence?

 

Judging Criteria - early readers and chapter books (fiction)*

1. Characterization
Does the author create convincing, memorable characters to which the child can relate?
If there is dialogue, does it contribute to the characterization and flow naturally?

2. Content
Does the content/story appeal to the intended audience; does it hold a child’s interest or encourage him/her to continue looking at or reading the book?
Is the approach child-friendly, original and creative?
Is there a logical sequence of events?
Is the content consistent with a Christian worldview?

3. Theme
Is the title appropriate and engaging?
Does the message overpower the story or is it a natural, well-integrated component of the story?
Is the theme age-appropriate and well-developed?

4. Writing Style
Is the vocabulary age-appropriate?
Do specific and concrete details appeal to the senses?
Do the rhythm and word choice engage the audience?
Are there errors in spelling, grammar, paragraphing, and punctuation? Are words used incorrectly?

5. Design
Does the cover of the book make the audience want to look at it/read it?
If illustrated, do the illustrations correspond to text, enhance characterizations, and inspire the imagination?
Does the type and format contribute to the overall design and readability of the book?

6. Impact
Does the story respond to a need, fulfill an interest, or imaginatively engage the intended audience?
Do all the elements of the book contribute harmoniously to a total impact of excellence?

Judging Criteria - all nonfiction material for children *

1. Audience
Is the audience clearly defined from the title, presentation and content of the book?

2. Content
Is the perspective and reading level consistent with the purpose of the book?

Is this approach a child-friendly tone?
Is the information appropriate to the audience?
Is the content well-developed and organized logically?
Are the main points presented in a clear, engaging manner?

3. Writing Style / Mechanics
Does the style of writing make it accessible to the intended audience?
Are there errors in spelling, grammar, paragraphing, and punctuation?
Are the word choices correct and engaging?

4. Author

          Based on their writing, does the author appear to have sufficient experience/credibility to write such a

          work?

          If not, is the work itself strong enough to give the author credibility?

          Is the author able to communicate to a child’s heart through their words?



5. Design / Format
Do the cover, color, layout, and text size enhance the reading experience?
Does the format of the book facilitate the purpose of the book?

6. Impact
Does the work meet a need in the intended audience and/or fulfill a need in the marketplace?
Is the presentation fresh and compelling in nature?
Does the book have the potential to make an impact on the worldview or lifestyle of the audience?

 

 

* using a scale of 1-10

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