Volunteer State Book Award

Scot Smith, Oak Ridge Schools: [email protected]
Patricia Rua-Bashir, Nashville Public LIbrary: [email protected]

Primary Committee Chair: Piper Nyman, Metro Nashville Public Schools: [email protected]
Intermediate Chair: Jamie Kelly, Knox County Schools: [email protected]
Young Adult Chair:
 Emily Farmer, Nashville Public Library: [email protected]

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.


2018-2019 VSBA Winners   

Grade K-2

I  Yam a Donkey

written by Cece Bell

Clarion Books, 2015

Intermediate Division:
Grades 3-5


written by Raina Telgemeier

Graphix, 2016

Middle School Division:
Grades 6-8.


written by Neal Shusterman

Simon & Shuster, 2016

High School:
Grades 9-12


written by Neal Shusterman

Simon & Shuster, 2016

2nd Place--
Ida, Always
by Caron Levis

3rd Place--
Bob, Not Bob! 
by Liz Garton Scanlon and Audrey Vernick

4th Place--
Madeline Finn and the Library Dog

by Lisa Papp

5th Place--
The Blobfish Book 
by Jessica Olien

2nd Place-- 
The Wild Robot
by Peter Brown

3rd Place--
Save Me a Seat
by Sarah Weeks and Gita Varadarajan

4th Place-- 
by Gordon Korman

5th Place-- 
Fuzzy Mud
by Louis Sachar

2nd Place-- 
by Jason Reynolds

3rd Place-- 
Scar Island 
by Dan Gemeinhart

4th Place-- 
by Kwame Alexander

5th Place-- 
The Forgetting 
by Sharon Cameron

2nd Place-- 
The Diabolic 
by S.J. Kincaid

3rd Place-- 
The Sun Is Also a Star 
by Nicola Yoon

4th Place-- (TIE)
Written in the Stars 
by Aisha Saeed

by Stephanie Garver

We would like to thank every librarian, student, and patron who participated in voting for the 2018-2019 Volunteer State Book Award. We had excellent participation in the Primary and Intermediate divisions. A special thanks goes to the chairs and members of the three nominating committees for developing such wonderful lists for children and teens of Tennessee. 


2019-2020 Volunteer State Book Award Nominee List 

2020-2021 Volunteer State Book Award Nominee List  


VSBA PowerPoints

2019-2020 VSBA Primary PowerPoint 

2019-2020 VSBA Intermediate PowerPoint 

2019-2020 VSBA Middle School PowerPoint 

2019-2020 VSBA High School PowerPoint 



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