Book Scouts: Volunteer State Book Award Nominees (Grades 3-8)

This month for Book Scouts we’re highlighting books for grades 3-8 that have been nominated for the Volunteer State Book Awards (VSBA). Tennessee librarians and educators choose the initial VSBA nominations and divide them into four age categories. From those nominations, kids get to vote on their top choice in their age group!

Kids can cast their vote after they’ve read at lease three books from the nominee list in their age group. All they have to do is sign up for our Volunteer State Book Awards (VSBA) Reading Challenge, read books, and choose their favorite!

School Age Program Coordinator Jennifer Johnson shares some of her favorite VSBA nominees in the video below; in the list that follows the video you’ll find even more VSBA titles. These books are intended for kids in grades 3-8. If you’d like to browse the nominees in other age categories, click here.

Click the titles in the list to browse and put them on hold for curbside pickup. If you don’t know where to start, request a Book Bundle of VSBA books and we’ll pick some for you! Call (423) 434-4458 for more information.

Intermediate (Grades 3-5)

Small Spaces by Katherine Arden
Sweep: The Story of a Girl and Her Monster by Jonathan Auxier
Lions and Liars by Kate Beasley
Marcus Vega Doesn’t Speak Spanish by Pablo Cartaya
Me, Frida, and the Secret of the Peacock Ring by Angela Cervantes
New Kid by Jerry Craft
Louisiana’s Way Home by Kate DiCamillo
Ruby in the Sky by Jeanne Zulick Ferrulolo
Journey of the Pale Bear by Susan Fletcher
The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise by Dan Gemeinhart
The Remarkables by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Sal & Gabi Break the Universe by Carlos Alberto Hernandez
The Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani
The Eleventh Trade by Alyssa Hollingsworth
Lifeboat 12 by Susan Hood
You Go First by Erin Entrada Kelly
Song for a Whale by Lynne Kelly
Over the Moon by Natalie Lloyd
Bob by Wendy Mass and Rebecca Stead
The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl by Stacy McAnulty
The Brilliant Deep: Rebuilding the World’s Coral Reefs by Kate Messner
The Train of Lost Things by Ammi-Joan Paquette
Captain Superlative by J.S. Puller
A Pup Called Trouble by Bobbie Pyron
Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed
The Griffins of Castle Cary by Heather Shumaker
Guts by Raina Telgemeier
A Dog Like Daisy by Kristen O’Donnell Tubb
Harbor Me by Jaqueline Woodson
Front Desk by Kelly Yang


Middle School (Grades 6-8)

The Line Tender by Kate Allen
Where the Watermelons Grow by Cindy Baldwin
Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World by Ashley Herring Blake
This Promise of Change: One Girl’s Story in the Fight for School Equality by Jo Ann Allen Boyce and Debbie Levy
The Usual Suspects by Maurice Broaddus
Charlie Hernàndez and the League of Shadows by Ryan Calejo
Hurricane Child by Kacen Callender
Marcus Vega Doesn’t Speak Spanish by Pablo Cartaya
Like Vanessa by Tami Charles
So Done by Paula Chase
The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle by Leslie Connor
New Kid by Jerry Craft
Stepsister by Jennifer Donnelly
The Faithful Spy: Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the Plot to Kill Hitler by John Hendrix
Door to the Lost by Jaleigh Johnson
A Place to Belong by Cynthia Kadohata
Song for a Whale by Lynne Kelly
Tight by Torrey Maldonado
The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl by Stacy McAnulty
Merci Suàrez Changes Gears by Meg Medina
White Bird by R.J. Palacio
Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes
We’re Not From Here by Geoff Rodkey
Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed
City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab
Chasing King’s Killer: The Hunt for Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Assassin by James L. Swanson
Hope in the Holler by Lisa Lewis Tyre
The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang
Other Words for Home by Jasmine Warga
Front Desk by Kelly Yang

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