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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Iowa State Award Book Winners Announced

Recently Iowa librarians met at a conference, where one of the activities was announcing the winners of the Iowa Goldfinch and Iowa Children's Choice Award.

Earlier in the year, DC Elementary students browsed this year's Goldfinch titles and predicted which book would win. 

After several weeks of activities and discussions about the nominated Goldfinch books, students voted. At DC Elementary, the winner with 35% of the vote turned out to be Nubs: The True Story of a Mutt, a Marine, and a Miracle by Major Brian Dennis, Kirby Larson, and Mary Nethery.

So which book was the statewide winner? We nailed it! It was also Nubs! More than 25,000 Iowa children in grades K - 2 voted this year, a new record!

Elementary students in grades 3 - 5 also participated in the state award book process by reading and participating in lessons related to Iowa Children's Choice Award books. Third graders listened to Ghost Dog Secrets by Peg Kehret, fourth graders listened to A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park or Abby Carnelia's One and Only Magical Power by David Pogue, and fifth graders listened to The Unwanteds by Lisa McMann.

With 23% of the vote, Dallas Center Elementary students chose The Unwanteds as the building winner.  So they did also choose the state-wide winner? Nope--more than 21,000 Iowa students selected Because of Mr. Terupt to be the 2013 - 2014 winner.

Stay tuned--next year's lists have been announced, and we librarians will be book talking them ahead of  the summer break to encourage some summertime reading!

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