Volunteer State Book Award

Scot Smith, Oak Ridge Schools: ssmith40@utk.edu
Patricia Rua-Bashir, Nashville Public LIbrary: Pat.Bashir@nashville.gov
Amy Dye-Reeves, Jefferson County Schools: amydyereeves@gmail.com     

Primary Committee Chair: Piper Nyman, Metro Nashville Public Schools: piper.nyman@mnps.org
Intermediate Chair: Jamie Bevins, Knox County Schools: jbevins.tasl@gmail.com
Young Adult Chair:
Karla Keesecker, Unicoi County Schools: keeseckerk@unicoischools.com

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.  The Volunteer State Book Award has four divisions--Primary (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.

2017 Winners


Winner: The Book with No Pictures by B.J. Novak. (Dial Books 2014)

Second: A Perfectly Messed Up-Story by Patrick McDonnell. (Little Brown Books 2014)

Third: Ninja by Arree Chung. (Henry Holt and Company 2014)


Winner: The Terrible Two by Mac Barnett. Illustrated by Kevin Cornell. (Amulet Books 2015)

Second: El Deafo by CeCe Bell. (Amulet Books 2014)


Third: Loot: How to Steal a Fortune by Jude Watson. (Scholastic 2014)


Middle School:

Winner: Sisters by Raina Telgemeier. (Graphix 2014)

Second: The Crossover by Kwame Alexander. (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2014)

Third: Space Case by Stuart Gibbs. (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers 2014)

High School:

Winner: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart. (Delacorte Press 2013)

Second: I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson. (Dial Books 2014)

Third: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. (St. Martin's Griffin 2014)



2017-2018 Volunteer State Book Award Nominee List

2018-2019 Volunteer State Book Award Nominee List


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