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.


2016-2017 VSBA Ballots

The ballots for the 2016-2017 VSBA Award are due on Monday, May 1, 2017. All ballots must be submitted online via the links below; there will be no paper ballots this year. If you have questions about voting, please contact any of the three co-chairs at the email addresses listed above.

Primary Ballot

Intermediate Ballot

Middle School Ballot

High School Ballot



2016-2017 Volunteer State Book Award Nominee List

2017-2018 Volunteer State Book Award Nominee List


2016-2017 VSBA PowerPoint Presentations



Middle School

High School  



2016 Winners

Primary (K-2):
The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt and Illustrated by Oliver Jeffers. Philomel Books, 2013.

  Intermediate (3-5):
Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein.Random House, 2013.


Middle School (6-8):
Prisoner B-3087 by Alan Gratz.Scholastic, 2013.


High School (9-12):
 The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey. G.P. Putman's Sons, 2013.



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