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Volunteer State Book Award

This page was designed to provide you with information on the Volunteer State Book Award -

what it is and how you can become involved.

The Volunteer State Book Award is sponsored annually by the Tennessee Library Association and the

Tennessee Association of School Librarians. Each year, students across Tennessee are asked to read books

from a list of nominated titles. The Volunteer State Book Award has 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 read or listened to at least three of the titles from the list will be eligible to

vote for their favorite titles. These votes will be tabulated and sent to the state organization. The book with

the most votes state-wide will win the award. The author of the book receives a plaque and will be invited to

Tennessee to receive the award.


Here are this year's titles:

2018-2019 VSBA Nomination List Middle Grades (grades 6-8)

  • Barton, Chris. Whoosh: Lonnie Johnsons' Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions. Illustrated by Don Tate. Charlesbridge, 2016.

  • Bauer, Joan. Soar. Viking, 2016.

  • Beckhorn, Susan. The Wolf’s Boy. Disney Hyperion, 2016.

  • Bowman, Donna Janell. Step Right Up: How Doc and Jim Key Taught the World about Kindness. Illustrated by Daniel Minter. Lee & Low Books, 2016.

  • Brown, Peter. The Wild Robot. Little Brown and Company, 2016.

  • Creech, Sharon. Moo. Joanna Cotler Books, 2016.

  • Davis, Jacqueline. Nothing But Trouble. Katherine Tegen Books, 2016.

  • Dicamillo, Kate. Raymie Nightingale. Candlewick Press, 2016.

  • Jacobson, Jennifer. Paper Things. Candlewick Press, 2015.

  • Kelly, Jacqueline. Skunked! Henry Holt and Company, 2016.

  • Korman, Gordon. Slacker. Scholastic, 2016.

  • MacHale, D.J. Curse of the Boggin. Random House, 2016.

  • Nobelman, Marc Tyler. Brave like My Brother. Scholastic, 2016.

  • Paulsen, Gary. Six Kids and a Stuffed Cat. S & S Books for Young Readers, 2016.

  • Ray, Delia. Finding Fortune. Farrar Strauss Giroux, 2015.

  • Rhodes, Jewel Parker. Towers Falling. Little, Brown and Company, 2016.

  • Sachar, Louis. Fuzzy Mud. Delacorte Press, 2015.

  • Shepherd, Megan. The Secret Horses of Briar Hill. Delacorte Press, 2016.

  • Telgemeier, Raina. Ghosts. Graphix, 2016.

  • Weeks, Sarah and Gita Varadarajan. Save Me a Seat. Scholastic, 2016.

2018-2019 VSBA Nomination List Intermediate (grades 3-5)


  • Alexander, Kwame. Booked. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016.

  • Anderson, Laurie Halse. Ashes. Antheneum Books for Young Readers, 2016.

  • Barnhill, Kelly. The Girl Who Drank the Moon. Algonquin, 2016.

  • Cameron, Sharon. The Forgetting. Scholastic, 2016.

  • Crowder, Melanie. Audacity. Philomel, 2015.

  • Freedman, Russell. We Will Not Be Silent: The White Rose Student Resistance Movement that Defied Adolf Hitler. Clarion Books, 2016.

  • Gemeinhart, Dan. Scar Island. Scholastic, 2017.

  • Grimes, Nikki. Garvey’s Choice. Wordsong, 2016.

  • Harrington, Karen. Mayday. Little Brown & Company, 2016.

  • Jarrow, Gail. Bubonic Panic: When the Plague Invaded America. Calkins Creek, 2016.

  • Kidd, Ronald. Night on Fire. Albert Whitman and Company, 2015.

  • Maraniss, Andrew. Strong Inside (Young Readers Edition): The True Story of How Perry Wallace Broke College Basketball’s Color Line. Philomel, 2017.

  • Meyer, Marissa. Wires & Nerve. Feiwel and Friends, 2017.

  • Pearsall, Shelley. The Seventh Most Important Thing. Alfred A. Knopf, 2015.

  • Reynolds, Jason. Ghost. Antheneum Books for Young Readers, 2016.

  • Shetterly, Margot Lee. Hidden Figures (Young Readers Edition): The Untold True Story of Four African-American Women Who Helped Launch Our Nation into Space. HarperCollins, 2016.

  • Shusterman, Neal. Scythe. Simon & Schuster, 2016.

  • Vaught, Susan. Things Too Huge to Fix by Saying Sorry. Simon & Schuster, 2016.

  • Weeks, Sarah and Gita Varadarajan. Save Me a Seat. Scholastic, 2016.

  • Wolk, Lauren. Wolf Hollow. Dutton’s Children’s Books, 2016.

To find out more information on VSBA, click on the TASL icon to be routed to their official website!

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