Nick’s Pick’s: Popular books for young readers’ choice awards

This post was originally published in Nick Glass’ monthly column for Curriculum Connections, an e-newsletter published by School Library Journal in partnership with Subscribe to this free newsletter here.

Did you know that nearly every U.S. state and Canadian province has a young readers’ choice award that allows students to vote for their favorite book? These tremendously successful reading programs lead thousands of children and teens to innumerable quality books each year. supports these reading incentive programs by enabling students to learn about a particular author’s works and writing process directly from the author. Recently we analyzed each state list and identified the writers that appear on a number of them.  We asked these authors to record an introduction and read a paragraph from one of their popular books.

Below is a sampling of recordings we produced. Use these original Book Readings with students as you introduce them to books that they will soon be voting on.

When You Reach Me cover When You Reach Me (Random, 2009) by Rebecca Stead

Chains cover Chains (S&S, 2008) by Laurie Halse Anderson

Savvy cover Savvy (Dial, 2008) by Ingrid Law

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon cover Where the Mountain Meets the Moon (Little, Brown, 2009) by Grace Lin

Found cover Found (S&S, 2008) by Margaret Peterson Haddix

11 Birthdays cover 11 Birthdays (Scholastic, 2009) by Wendy Mass

Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks cover The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks (Hyperion, 2008) by E. Lockhart

Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice cover Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice (Farrar, 2009) by Phillip Hoose

Marcelo in the Real World cover Marcelo in the Real World (Scholastic, 2009) by Francisco X. Stork

If you would like to learn more about your own state or provincial book award and the online resources that has assembled to support them, sign into (and make sure to identify your state or province if asked).

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