There’s a fantastic group of titles nominated for the Black-Eyed Susan Book Award this year. For those unfamiliar with the award, it’s the only kids’ book award that’s awarded by, well, kids. Students across Maryland have the opportunity to vote for their favorite if they have read at least 3 of the 10 nominees at the level they’ve chosen. Nominees must be books published in the past 3 years, and are chosen by Maryland school librarians who are also avid readers. Recent winners include Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper, Wonder by R. J. Palacio, and One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia – just to name a few!
This year’s list includes some familiar authors like Kenneth Oppel, Jacqueline Woodson, Doug TenNapel, and Jennifer Holm, but there are also some exciting first novels like The Crossover by Kwame Alexander and Malala Yousafzai’s autobiography, I am Malala. It looks like a great set of books at all 3 levels for which AMS students can choose to vote – that’s Grades 4-6, Grades 6-9, or Graphic Novels Grades 4-6. You can download the PDF with all the levels right here!