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Buckeye Children's and Teen Book Awards Nominees

The Buckeye Children’s and Teen Book Award program (http://www.bcbookaward.info/) is designed to encourage children in Ohio to read literature critically, to promote teacher and librarian involvement in children's literature programs, and to commend authors of such literature. It was established in 1981 through a collaborative effort of the Ohio Council of the International Reading Association, Ohio Educational Library Media Association, Ohio Council of Teachers of English and Language Arts, Ohio Library Council, and State Library of Ohio.

It is one of the few statewide readers’ choice awards in which students nominate titles as well as vote for the winners.

The Buckeye Children’s Book Award Council announces the nominees for the 2013 Buckeye Children’s Book Award and the 2013 Buckeye Teen Book Award.  The following titles were chosen in an online nomination process by young readers all across the state of Ohio.

For Grades K-2         

This Is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen (Candlewick Press, 2012)

Creepy Carrots! by Aaron Reynolds, illus. by Peter Brown (Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers, 2012)

Mitchell’s License by Hallie Durand, illus. by Tony Fucile (Candlewick Press, 2011)

Friends: True Stories Of Extraordinary Animal Friendships by Catherine Thimmesh (Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, 2011)

Robot Zombie Frankenstein by Annette Simon (Candlewick Press, 2012)


For Grades 3-5

Wonder by R. J. Palacio (Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2012)

Chomp by Carl Hiaasen (Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2012)

Ten Rules You Absolutely Must Not Break If You Want To Survive the School Bus by John Grandits, illus. by Michael Allen Austin (Clarion Books, 2011)

Big Nate Goes For Broke by Lincoln Peirce (HarperCollins, 2012)

Lulu Walks the Dogs by Judith Viorst, illus. by Lane Smith (Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2012)


For Grades 6-8

Liar and Spy by Rebecca Stead (Wendy Lamb Books, 2012)

Okay For Now by Gary Schmidt (Clarion Books, 2011)

Beauty and the Beast: The Only One Who Didn’t Run Away (Twice Upon a Time #3) by Wendy Mass (Scholastic, 2012)

Tales From a Not-So-Talented Pop Star (Dork Diaries, #3) by Rachel Renee Russell (Aladdin, 2011)

The Death Cure (Maze Runner series #3) by James Dashner (Delacorte Books for Young Readers, 2011)


The Teen Buckeye Book Award nominees (for grades 9-12):

Insurgent (Divergent #2) by Veronica Roth (Katherine Tegen Books, 2012)

Beautiful Chaos (Beautiful Creatures, book 3) by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2011)

The Mark of Athena (Heroes of Olympus #3)  by Rick Riordan (Hyperion, 2012)

Goliath (Leviathan #3) by Scott Westerfeld (Simon Pulse, 2011)

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green (Dutton Juvenile, 2012)


To be eligible for nomination for the 2013 award, a book must have been published in the United States in either 2011 or 2012.  Voting is open to any student in Ohio, and will begin on September 1, 2013 on the BCTBA website:  www.bcbookaward.info.  Voting ends on November 10, 2013, and the winners will be announced after December 1, 2013.   Ohio’s reader’s choice book award is among the few state book award programs in which the nominated and winning titles are entirely selected by children.  Teachers and librarians who encourage their students to participate in the Buckeye Children’s and Teen Book Award nominating and voting process report an enthusiastic response.  More information is available at www.bcbookaward.info or by contacting the BCTBA Council President, Liz Deskins, at  liz4lib2000@yahoo.com or the BCTBA Council Vice President, Christina Getrost, at teenlibrarian@smfpl.org.

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