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Volunteer State Book Award 2017—2020

The Volunteer State Book Award is sponsored annually by the Tennessee Library Association and the Tennessee Association of School Librarians. Each year, children across Tennessee are asked to read books from a list of nominated titles. Starting in 2012-2013, the Volunteer State Book Award will have four divisions--Primary (Pre-K-2nd Grade), Intermediate (Grades 3rd-5th), Middle School (Grades 6-8), and high school (Grades 9-12). In the spring, those students who have read or listened to at least three of the titles from the list are eligible to vote for their favorite titles. These votes are tabulated and sent to the state organization. The book with the most votes statewide wins the award. The author of the book receives a plaque and is invited to Tennessee to receive the award.

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      Quizás algo hermoso: Cómo el arte transformó un barrio (Maybe Something Beautiful: How Art Transformed a Neighborhood)

      by F. Isabel Campoy

      Apr 2018

      Primary Spanish

      2018-2019 Final Nominee, Primary Nominee
      What good can a splash of color do in a community of gray? As Mira and her neighbors discover, more than you might ever imagine! Note from the authors. Full-color illustrations created with a combination of acrylic on wood, original photography, and digital art.

      Far from the Tree

      by Robin Benway

      Mar 2018

      Young Adults Plus

      2019-2020 Final Nominee, High School Nominee
      In this National Book Award-winning novel about the meaning of family, adopted teen Grace seeks out her biological siblings after giving up her own baby.

      Jack and the Beanstalk and the French Fries

      by Mark Teague

      Feb 2018

      Humor Elementary Plus

      2019-2020 Final Nominee, Primary Nominee
      A deliciously zany retelling of Jack and the Beanstalk ends with one happy boy, a satisfied giant, and a large plate of French fries.

      Greetings from Witness Protection!

      by Jake Burt

      Jan 2018

      Advanced Readers

      2019-2020 Final Nominee, Middle School Nominee
      The marshals are looking for the perfect girl to join a mother, father, and son on the run from the nation's most notorious criminals.

      When Dimple Met Rishi

      by Sandhya Menon

      Jul 2017

      Young Adults

      2019-2020 Final Nominee, High School Nominee
      This is a laugh-out-loud, heartfelt romantic comedy, told in alternating perspectives, about two Indian-American teens whose parents have arranged for them to be married.

      Strong Inside: The True Story of How Perry Wallace Broke College Basketball’s Color Line: Young Readers’ Edition

      by Andrew Maraniss

      Jun 2017

      Sports Middle Plus

      2018-2019 Final Nominee, Middle School Nominee
      This thought-provoking biography digs deep beneath the surface to reveal a complicated, profound, and inspiring story of an athlete turned civil-rights trailblazer. Author's note. Bibliography. Index. Black-and-white photographs.


      by Laurie Halse Anderson

      Feb 2017

      Advanced Readers

      2018-2019 Final Nominee, Middle School Nominee
      $12.75  $9.75  Member Price
      Heroism and heartbreak pave their path, but Isabel and Curzon won't stop until they reach Ruth, and then freedom, in this finale to the Seeds of America trilogy. Appendix including Q & A and recommended reading. Vocabulary words.

      School’s First Day of School

      by Adam Rex

      Nov 2016


      2018-2019 Final Nominee, Primary Nominee
      It’s the first day of school at Frederick Douglass Elementary, and everyone’s just a little bit nervous, especially the school itself. Full-color illustrations.

      The Wild Robot

      by Peter Brown

      Jul 2016

      Intermediate Readers

      2018-2019 Final Nominee, Intermediate Nominee
      Roz is a lone robot on a remote island, and the island’s inhabitants think she’s a monster. But when Roz adopts a gosling who calls her “mama,” she gradually wins over the rest of the animals. Black-and-white illustrations.

      Written in the Stars

      by Aisha Saeed

      May 2015

      Young Adults

      2018-2019 Final Nominee, High School Nominee
      $12.75  $6.75  Member Price
      Naila's immigrant Pakistani parents have made it clear: they will choose the man she marries. So when she's caught at prom with her secret boyfriend, Naila's whole future changes. Author's note. Resources. Glossary.
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