Volunteer State Book Award2021

Given by Tennessee Library Association

Other Names: TASL Volunteer State Book Children's Choice Award
114 Works / 120 Items 76,589 Books 3,820 Reviews 4.2
Purpose of the Award

The purpose of the Volunteer State Book Award is to promote awareness, interest, and enjoyment of recently published children's and young adult literature of high quality to show more the children and teens of Tennessee. The award also hopes to promote literacy and life‐long reading habits by encouraging students to read award‐worthy contemporary literature which broadens understanding of the human experience and provides accurate, factual information. This award will honor outstanding books chosen annually by Tennessee students.




Its Unique Feature

The Volunteer State Book Award differs from awards such as the Newbery and Caldecott Medals in that students choose the book which receives the award each year. Tennessee students from Kindergarten through Twelfth Grade read or have read to them at least three of the twenty titles on the annual master list. They then vote for their favorite book.





Who May Participate?

Any public or private school or public library in Tennessee is eligible to participate. It is not required that the entire school be involved. Each participating school or library system must have a minimum of twelve of the twenty titles per division available.




How Books are Chosen

Twenty books that appeal to students in each grade category are selected by professional librarians and educators who work continuously with students in grades K‐12. Four separate lists are compiled each year.

Books may be fiction or nonfiction.

Only one title of any one author will be included on that year's list.

Only titles published in the current year of voting will be eligible.

Only books by authors residing in the United States are eligible. Authors who reside part‐time in the US are also eligible to receive the award.

Textbooks, anthologies, translations, and books from foreign publishers are not eligible.

Titles from vanity publishers or that have been self‐published are not eligible. Titles that are available only in digital format are likewise not eligible.

All books on the final list will have been read by a minimum of five members of the committee.




How to Vote

Students who have read or had read to them a minimum of three of the twenty books will be allowed to vote.

The library media specialist or public librarian will conduct the voting.

Digital ballots will be posted on the VSBA website. There will be no paper ballots.

Voting opens March 1st and closes April 30th.
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Stages:
All, Winner (133), Nominee (1,204), No Stage (2)
Categories:
All, Grades 10-12 (4), Grades 4-6 (24), Grades 7-12 (3), Grades 7-9 (4), Grades K-3 (25), High School (250), Intermediate (262), Middle School (250), Primary (289), Young Adult (92), No Category (3)
Years:
All, 2024 (80), 2023 (80), 2022 (81), 2021 (120), 2020 (80), 2019 (80), 2018 (80), 2017 (80), 2016 (80), 2015 (80), 2014 (80), 2013 (81), 2012 (65), 2011 (29), 2010 (3), 2009 (4), 2008 (5), 2007 (3), 2006 (3), 2005 (4), 2004 (3), 2003 (27), 2002 (5), 2001 (3), 2000 (3), 1999 (3), 1998 (3), 1997 (3), 1996 (3), 1995 (3), 1994 (3), 1993 (3), 1992 (4), 1991 (4), 1990 (4), 1989 (4), 1988 (1), 1987 (1), 1986 (1), 1985 (1), 1984 (1), 1983 (1), 1982 (1), 1981 (1), 1980 (1), 1979 (1)

Winner 5

Nominee 120

WorkCategoryYear
Hey, Kiddo by Jarrett J. KrosoczkaHigh School2021
Just Mercy (Adapted for Young Adults): A True Story of the Fight for Justice by Bryan StevensonHigh School2021
The Poet X by Elizabeth AcevedoHigh School2021
Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi AdeyemiHigh School2021
SHOUT by Laurie Halse AndersonHigh School2021
Girl Made of Stars by Ashley Herring BlakeHigh School2021
Contagion by Erin BowmanHigh School2021
I Wish You All the Best by Mason DeaverHigh School2021
Spin by Lamar GilesHigh School2021
Dread Nation by Justina IrelandHigh School2021
Monday's Not Coming by Tiffany D. JacksonHigh School2021
Truly Devious by Maureen JohnsonHigh School2021
More Than We Can Tell by Brigid KemmererHigh School2021
Darius the Great Is Not Okay by Adib KhorramHigh School2021
Dig by A. S. KingHigh School2021
The Lady's Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi LeeHigh School2021
A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh MafiHigh School2021
Blood Water Paint by Joy McCulloughHigh School2021
Heroine by Mindy McGinnisHigh School2021
Like a Love Story by Abdi NazemianHigh School2021
The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X. R. PanHigh School2021
Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy RibayHigh School2021
Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret RogersonHigh School2021
Pumpkinheads by Rainbow RowellHigh School2021
The Fountains of Silence by Ruta SepetysHigh School2021
Dry by Neal ShustermanHigh School2021
What the Night Sings by Vesper StamperHigh School2021
Four Three Two One by Courtney StevensHigh School2021
On the Come Up by Angie ThomasHigh School2021
Frankly in Love by David YoonHigh School2021
Guts by Raina TelgemeierIntermediate2021
Small Spaces by Katherine ArdenIntermediate2021
Sweep: The Story of a Girl and Her Monster by Jonathan AuxierIntermediate2021
Lions & Liars by Kate BeasleyIntermediate2021
Marcus Vega Doesn't Speak Spanish by Pablo CartayaIntermediate2021
Me, Frida, and the Secret of the Peacock Ring by Angela CervantesIntermediate2021
New Kid by Jerry CraftIntermediate2021
Louisiana's Way Home by Kate DiCamilloIntermediate2021
Ruby in the Sky by Jeanne Zulick FerruoloIntermediate2021
Journey of the Pale Bear by Susan FletcherIntermediate2021
The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise by Dan GemeinhartIntermediate2021
Remarkables by Margaret Peterson HaddixIntermediate2021
Sal and Gabi Break the Universe by Carlos HernandezIntermediate2021
The Night Diary by Veera HiranandaniIntermediate2021
The Eleventh Trade by Alyssa HollingsworthIntermediate2021
Lifeboat 12 by Susan HoodIntermediate2021
You Go First by Erin Entrada KellyIntermediate2021
Song for a Whale by Lynne KellyIntermediate2021
Over the Moon by Natalie LloydIntermediate2021
Bob by Wendy MassIntermediate2021
The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl by Stacy McAnultyIntermediate2021
The Brilliant Deep: Rebuilding the World's Coral Reefs: The Story of Ken Nedimyer and the Coral Restoration Foundation by Kate MessnerIntermediate2021
The Train of Lost Things by Ammi-Joan PaquetteIntermediate2021
Captain Superlative by J. S. PullerIntermediate2021
A Pup Called Trouble by Bobbie PyronIntermediate2021
Amal Unbound by Aisha SaeedIntermediate2021
The Griffins of Castle Cary by Heather ShumakerIntermediate2021
A Dog Like Daisy by Kristin O'Donnell TubbIntermediate2021
Harbor Me by Jacqueline WoodsonIntermediate2021
Front Desk by Kelly YangIntermediate2021
New Kid by Jerry CraftMiddle School2021
The Line Tender by Kate AllenMiddle School2021
Where the Watermelons Grow by Cindy BaldwinMiddle School2021
Ivy Aberdeen's Letter to the World by Ashley Herring BlakeMiddle School2021
This Promise of Change: One Girl’s Story in the Fight for School Equality by Jo Ann Allen BoyceMiddle School2021
The Usual Suspects by Maurice BroaddusMiddle School2021
Charlie Hernández & the League of Shadows by Ryan CalejoMiddle School2021
Hurricane Child by Kacen CallenderMiddle School2021
Marcus Vega Doesn't Speak Spanish by Pablo CartayaMiddle School2021
Like Vanessa by Tami CharlesMiddle School2021
So Done by Paula ChaseMiddle School2021
The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle by Leslie ConnorMiddle School2021
Stepsister by Jennifer DonnellyMiddle School2021
The Faithful Spy: Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the Plot to Kill Hitler by John HendrixMiddle School2021
The Door to the Lost by Jaleigh JohnsonMiddle School2021
A Place to Belong by Cynthia KadohataMiddle School2021
Song for a Whale by Lynne KellyMiddle School2021
Tight by Torrey MaldonadoMiddle School2021
The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl by Stacy McAnultyMiddle School2021
Merci Suárez Changes Gears by Meg MedinaMiddle School2021
White Bird: A Wonder Story by R. J. PalacioMiddle School2021
Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker RhodesMiddle School2021
We're Not From Here by Geoff RodkeyMiddle School2021
Amal Unbound by Aisha SaeedMiddle School2021
City of Ghosts by V.E. SchwabMiddle School2021
Chasing King's Killer: The Hunt for Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Assassin by James L. SwansonMiddle School2021
Hope in The Holler by Lisa Lewis TyreMiddle School2021
The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen WangMiddle School2021
Other Words for Home by Jasmine WargaMiddle School2021
Front Desk by Kelly YangMiddle School2021
Can I Be Your Dog? by Troy CummingsPrimary2021
The Wall in the Middle of the Book by Jon AgeePrimary2021
I Will Be Fierce by Bea BirdsongPrimary2021
Hello Lighthouse by Sophie BlackallPrimary2021
Hair Love by Matthew A. CherryPrimary2021
Planting Stories: The Life of Librarian and Storyteller Pura Belpré by Anika Aldamuy DenisePrimary2021
The Rabbit Listened by Cori DoerrfeldPrimary2021
Inky the Octopus : Bound for Glory by Erin GuendelsbergerPrimary2021
We don't eat our classmates by Ryan T. HigginsPrimary2021
Rescue and Jessica: A Life-Changing Friendship by Jessica KenskyPrimary2021
Meet Miss Fancy by Irene LathamPrimary2021
The Rough Patch by Brian LiesPrimary2021
Drawn Together by Minh LêPrimary2021
The Dinosaur Expert by Margaret McNamaraPrimary2021
Rooster Wore Skinny Jeans by Jessie MillerPrimary2021
Saturday by Oge MoraPrimary2021
Bear Came Along by Richard T. MorrisPrimary2021
The Proudest Blue: A Story of Hijab and Family by Ibtihaj MuhammadPrimary2021
The Rabbit, the Dark, and the Cookie Tin by Nicola O'ByrnePrimary2021
All Are Welcome by Alexandra PenfoldPrimary2021
Hey, Water! by Antoinette PortisPrimary2021
Otis and Will Discover the Deep: The Record-Setting Dive of the Bathysphere by Barb RosenstockPrimary2021
Knock Knock by Tammi SauerPrimary2021
Lorraine by Ketch SecorPrimary2021
Just Ask!: Be Different, Be Brave, Be You by Sonia SotomayorPrimary2021
The Donkey Egg by Janet StevensPrimary2021
Snail Crossing by Corey R. TaborPrimary2021
Because by Mo WillemsPrimary2021
The Day You Begin by Jacqueline WoodsonPrimary2021
Misunderstood Shark by Ame Dyckman2021

Descriptions

Purpose of the Award

The purpose of the Volunteer State Book Award is to promote awareness, interest, and enjoyment of recently published children's and young adult literature of high quality to the children and teens of Tennessee. The award also hopes to promote literacy and life‐long reading habits by encouraging students to read award‐worthy contemporary literature which broadens understanding of the human experience and provides accurate, factual information. This award will honor outstanding books chosen annually by Tennessee students.


Its Unique Feature

The Volunteer State Book Award differs from awards such as the Newbery and Caldecott Medals in that students choose the book which receives the award each year. Tennessee students from Kindergarten through Twelfth Grade read or have read to them at least three of the twenty titles on the annual master list. They then vote for their favorite book.


Who May Participate?

Any public or private school or public library in Tennessee is eligible to participate. It is not required that the entire school be involved. Each participating school or library system must have a minimum of twelve of the twenty titles per division available.


How Books are Chosen

Twenty books that appeal to students in each grade category are selected by professional librarians and educators who work continuously with students in grades K‐12. Four separate lists are compiled each year.

Books may be fiction or nonfiction.

Only one title of any one author will be included on that year's list.

Only titles published in the current year of voting will be eligible.

Only books by authors residing in the United States are eligible. Authors who reside part‐time in the US are also eligible to receive the award.

Textbooks, anthologies, translations, and books from foreign publishers are not eligible.

Titles from vanity publishers or that have been self‐published are not eligible. Titles that are available only in digital format are likewise not eligible.

All books on the final list will have been read by a minimum of five members of the committee.


How to Vote

Students who have read or had read to them a minimum of three of the twenty books will be allowed to vote.

The library media specialist or public librarian will conduct the voting.

Digital ballots will be posted on the VSBA website. There will be no paper ballots.

Voting opens March 1st and closes April 30th.

(English, Award granter)
URL: https://sites.google.com/view/volunteer-state-book-award/resources/helpful-tools/vsba-guidelines
Sponsored by the Tennessee Library Association and the Tennessee Association of School Librarians. (English, Member-written)
The purpose of the Volunteer State Book Award is to promote awareness, interest, and enjoyment of good new children's and young adult literature. The award also hopes to promote literacy and life-long reading habits by encouraging students to read quality contemporary literature which broadens understanding of the human experience and provides accurate, factual information. This award will honor outstanding books chosen annually by Tennessee students.
http://www.discoveret.org/tasl/vsba.htm (English, Member-written)

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