Sponsored by THE VIRGINIA STATE READING ASSOCIATION in association with THE VIRGINIA ASSOCIATION OF SCHOOL LIBRARIANS, THE VIRGINIA LIBRARY ASSOCIATION, & THE LIBRARY OF VIRGINIA YOUTH SERVICES.
To encourage young readers to become better acquainted with contemporary books with outstanding literary appeal, to broaden students’ awareness of literature as a life-long pleasure, to encourage reading aloud in classrooms as a means of introducing reading for pleasure, and to honor favorite books and their authors.
2013-14 Virginia Readers’ Choice Lists:
NOTE: Books are selected based on literary merit. Since censorship is not part of this committee’s function, there may be isolated words in some books that may be found objectionable to certain members of your community. Those people should select alternate books on the list.
Primary: I Need My Monster by Amanda Noll (Flashlight Press)
Elementary: Frankie Pickle and the Closet of Doom by Eric Wight (Simon & Schuster)
Middle: Powerless by Matthew Cody (Random House)
High: Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan (Random House)
To become a qualified voter, a participant must be exposed to at least four of the nominated books at each level in their entirety by reading them himself, having them read aloud to him, or a combination of the two.
Students may participate in the Virginia Readers’ Choice Program through a public library, school library, or classroom.
Each qualified voter has one vote for his/her favorite book at each level. A participant may vote at more than one level – for instance an elementary student may choose to vote for an elementary level title and a primary level title.
A responsible adult in a classroom or library setting must monitor the voting, and only one official tally sheet per program level (Primary, Elementary, etc.) may be submitted from each public library or school regardless of how many individual groups within that school/library take part in the program. The total number of votes submitted from a school/library may not exceed the number of students qualified to vote from that school/library.
The winning book for each level is selected by popular vote of the participating students evaluating the books. Votes must meet the deadline date to be included in the popular vote.
Want to join the VRC Committee? Fill out a membership application!