Did you know that Tennessee has its own award for books? It’s called the Volunteer State Book Award, and kids choose the winner!
This award is given annually in four different categories - Primary (Grades K-2), Intermediate (Grades 3-5), Middle School (Grades 6-8), and High School (Grades 9-12). Each category has its own list of twenty* nominated titles chosen by librarians and teachers from around the state.
Last year’s winners were:
For the Primary (Grades K-2) Division
The Legend of Rock, Paper, Scissors by Drew Daywalt
Intermediate (Grades 3-5) Division
Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus by Dusti Bowling
Middle School (Grades 6-8) Division
Refugee by Alan Gratz
High School (Grades 9-12) Division
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Who can vote?
Children who have read at least three titles from the list of their corresponding grade level are eligible to vote for their favorite in the spring, and the book with the most votes statewide wins! Check out this year’s nominations below, and keep an eye on the Volunteer State Book Award website for when voting goes live. And, don’t forget to vote for your favorite!!
*This year, 2021, there are thirty titles on each nomination list.