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Black-Eyed Susan Book Awards

WES is very excited to participate in the Black-Eyed Susan Book Awards again. The Black-Eyed Susan Book Award is a children’s choice award for the state of Maryland. Each year since 1992, the Black-Eyed Susan Book Award has been given to authors and/or illustrators of outstanding books chosen for the award by Maryland students. Students may cast one vote for the book they consider to be the most outstanding book in each of the categories. There are five different reading lists: Picture Books, books for students in Grades 4-6, books for students in Grades 6-9, graphic novels for students in Grades 4-6,and graphic novels for students in Grades 6-9.


Eligible students will vote for the winning book(s) in the Spring and we will submit the school's votes to Black-Eyed Susan committee. All votes from schools across the state of Maryland are submitted to the Black-Eyed Susan Book Award committee to be tallied in order to determine the winners. The winning authors and/or illustrators receive an award engraved with the book title, the year, and the Black-Eyed Susan Book Award logo. Authors, illustrators, and publishers recognize the Maryland Black-Eyed Susan Book Award as an honor bestowed by Maryland student readers.

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Guidelines for Participation

1.    To participate, students must read, or have read to them, a minimum of 8 of the 15 picture books nominated. Based on the premise that picture books are for everybody, there are no grade level restrictions.
2.     To participate in Grades 4 through 6, students must read, or have read to them, a minimum of three of the nominated books.
3.     To participate in Graphic Novels – Grades 4 through 6, students must read, or have read to them, a minimum of three of the nominated books.
4.     To participate in Grades 6 through 9, students must read, or have read to them, a minimum of three of the nominated books.
5.     To participate in Graphic Novels – Grades 6 through 9, students must read, or have read to them, a minimum of three of the nominated books.

Picture Books

Ben-Barak, Idan – Do Not Lick This Book: *It’s Full of Germs
de la Pena, Matt – Carmela Full of Wishes
Doerrfeld, Cori – The Rabbit Listened
Fogliano, Julie – A House That Once Was
Higgins, Ryan T – We Don’t Eat Our Classmates!
Kerascoet – I Walk with Vanessa: a Story About a Simple Act of Kindness
Le, Minh – Drawn Together
Lilly, Elizabeth – Geraldine
Messner, Kate – The Brilliant Deep: Rebuilding the World’s Coral Reefs
Montgomery, Sy – Inky’s Amazing Escape: How a Very Smart Octopus Found His Way Home
Pimentel, Annette Bay – Girl Running: Bobbi Gibb and the Boston Marathon
Rex, Adam – Are You Scared, Darth Vader?
Wade Stef – A Place for Pluto
Wallace, Sandra Neil – Between the Lines: How Ernie Barnes Went from the Football Field to the Art Gallery
Woodson, Jacqueline – The Day You Begin

Grade 4-6

Auxier, Jonathan – Sweep: The Story of a Girl and Her Monster
Bowling, Dusti – 24 Hours in Nowhere
Connor, Leslie – The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle
Creech, Sharon – Saving Winslow
Fleming, Candace – Strongheart: Wonder Dog of the Silver Screen
Magoon, Kekla – The Season of Styx Malone
Mass, Wendy & Rebecca Stead – Bob
Oppel, Kenneth – Inkling
Swanson, Matthew & Robbi Behr – The Real McCoys
Yang, Kelly – Front Desk

Grade 4-6 - Graphic Novels

Boothby, Ian – Sparks!
Breach, Jen – Clem Hetherington and the Ironwood Race
Brooks, Molly – Sanity & Tallulah
Hernandez, Jaime – The Dragon Slayer: Folktales from Latin America
Jun, Nie – My Beijing: Four Stories of Everyday Wonder
Marsden, Mariah – Anne of Green Gables: A Graphic Novel
Mercado, Yehudi – Sci-Fu: Kick It Off
Scott, Mirghread – The City on the Other Side
Tatulli, Mark – Short and Skinny
Utkin, Alexander – Gamayun Tales: The King of Birds

Grade 6-9

Alexander, Kwame – Rebound
Dee, Barbara – Halfway Normal
Greenwald, Tommy – Game Changer
Hood, Susan – Lifeboat 12
Key, Watt – Deep Water
McAnulty, Stacy – The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl
Rhodes, Jewell Parker – Ghost Boys
Saeed, Aisha – Amal Unbound
Stone, Tamara Ireland – Click’d
Swanson, James L. – Chasing King’s Killer: The Hunt for Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Assassin

Grade 6-9 - Graphic Novels

Aldridge, Ethan – Estranged
Anderson, Laurie Halse – Speak: The Graphic Novel
Bowen, Carl – Gods and Thunder: A Graphic Novel of Old Norse Myths
Castellucci, Cecil – Soupy Leaves Home
Chmakova, Svetlana – Crush
Colfer, Eoin & Andrew Donkin – Illegal
McCranie, Stephen – Space Boy: Book 1
Osborne, Melissa – The Wendy Project
Walz, Jason – Last Pick
Wang, Jen – The Prince and the Dressmaker

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