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

Publicity Committee Chair: Molly Moore

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.


Voting for Volunteer State Book Award

Follett School Solutions has agreed to sponsor a drawing for four sets (that’s twenty books in each division) of 2018-2019 VSBA nominated titles. Follett will donate a set of twenty VSBA titles in each division—Primary, Intermediate, Middle School, and High School--to four lucky libraries. What do you need to do for your library to be eligible to win? Submit your ballots for the 2017-2018 VSBA on or before Wednesday, May 2. We hope that this giveaway will increase participation in voting, especially at the middle and high school levels. It does not matter if your library has five or five hundred students who participate in the VSBA. If you submit your ballot, your library will have a chance to win twenty free books from Follett. Remember that your library cannot win if you do not submit your ballot. We would especially like to thank Tennessee’s two Follett representatives—Jon Duncan and Richie Gibson—for their support with this new initiative.
The deadline for submitting ballots for the 2017-2018 VSBA is Wednesday, May 2. All ballots must be submitted online; there will be no paper ballots. The links to the ballots are below:


Primary: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/VSBAPrimary1718


Intermediate: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/VSBAINT1718


Middle School: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/VSBAMiddle1718


High School: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/VSBAHigh1718



2017 Winners


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


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

Middle School:

Winner: Sisters by Raina Telgemeier. (Graphix 2014)

High School:

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



2017-2018 Volunteer State Book Award Nominee List

2018-2019 Volunteer State Book Award Nominee List



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