Do your kids have favorite books? Would they like to vote for their favorite to win an award? Tennessee gives kids and teens the chance to choose their favorite books every year with the Volunteer State Book Awards!
Jennifer Johnson, your Library’s school age program coordinator, says, “The really great thing about these awards is that kids from kindergarten through grade 12 get to select the winners.”
Tennessee librarians and educators choose the initial book nominations and divide them into four age categories: kindergarten-grade 2, grades 3-5, grades 6-8, and grades 9-12. From those nominations, kids get to vote on their top choice in their age group.
Kids and teens 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 some books, and choose their favorites! The reading challenge runs from Monday, January 3 through Friday, May 6. You can sign up at any point during that timeframe.
Everything for this reading challenge can be found at the link above. This includes book lists, virtual activity badges, and a place to log reading progress and write reviews. Beanstack (the name of the reading challenge portal linked above) is the same online platform we’ve used for our summer, fall, and winter reading challenges. If you’ve participated in any of those challenges in the last year, there’s no need to create another account. Just click the link and sign in with your existing login information.
If you have questions about the VSBA Reading Challenge, call (423) 434-4458. Click here for more information about the Volunteer State Book Awards.
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