Posted on February 15, 2018 at 6:00 am
It’s award season again, and not just for movies and music. Here in Washington state, kids and teens have the opportunity to vote in five different readers’ choice book awards, starting in March through May 1. At Spokane County Library District, we think that letting kids have a voice in selecting the best books written for them is a win-win. Kids win because they are the intended audience for these titles, so why should a committee of adults tell them what book is “the best” of the year? Parents and teachers win because they have a list of proven favorites to offer kids. Research has demonstrated that kids are much more motivated and invested in reading when they get to choose books themselves. So, read and vote!
Here’s a quick run-down of the awards.
Nominees for this award must be in picture book format (fiction or non-fiction), a great read-aloud for kids in grades K–3, and published within the current year or previous two years. The voting deadline is April 28, 2018.
Nominees are transitional chapter books (including traits that support transitional readers like font size, line spacing, white space, and meaningful illustrations, etc.), must be of interest to students in grades 1–3 and published two to three years before the award year. The voting deadline is May 1, 2018.
Nominees are fiction written for an audience in grades 4–6 with a copyright year of 2016 or 2017. The voting deadline is April 15, 2018.
Nominees are outstanding non-fiction for grades 2–6. Each year a slate of ten books will be selected. The voting deadline is April 30, 2018.
Books are nominated by librarians, teachers and students each year, representing a mix of titles with teen (students in grades 7–12) appeal, and narrowed down to short list of ten. The voting deadline is April 1, 2018.
You can also find a complete list of the nominated books for these readers’ choice awards in the most recent copy of our program guide, Engage, online at www.scld.org/engage or at your local library. We have plenty of copies of each of the nominated titles, so that kids can read and vote on their favorites!
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