Black-Eyed Susan Book Awards
WES is very excited to participate in the Black-Eyed Susan Book Awards for the 2016-17 school year. 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.
Learn about the Books!
Preview the 2017-18 Books
Grade 4-6 Books
Grade 6-9 Books
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.
Barton, Chris - Whoosh!: Lonnie Johnson’s Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions
Campoy, F. Isabel - Maybe Something Beautiful
Ferry, Beth - Land Shark
Higgins, Ryan - Mother Bruce
Hood, Susan - Ada’s Violin: the Story of the Recycled Orchestra of Paraguay
Levis, Caron - Ida, always
Levy, Debbie - I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark
Litchfield, David - The Bear and the Piano
Macy, Sue - Miss Mary Reporting: the True Story of Sportswriter Mary Garber
Nolan, Janet - Seven and a Half Tons of Steel
Portis, Annette - Best Frints in the Whole Universe
Raczka, Bob - Wet Cement: a Mix of Concrete Poems
Santat, Dan - Are We There Yet?
Smith, Alex - Little Red and the Very Hungry Lion
Wenzel, Brendan - They All Saw a Cat
Brown, Peter - The Wild Robot
Creech, Sharon - Moo
Fantaskey, Beth - Isabel Feeney, Star Reporter
Gibbs, Stuart - Space Case: A Moon Base Alpha Novel
Grimes, Nikki - Garvey's Choice
Hilton, Marilyn - Full Cicada Moon
Jones, Kelly - Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer
Pennypacker, Sara - Pax
Rhodes, Jewell Parker - Towers Falling
Weeks, Sarah - Save Me a Seat
Colossal, Eric - Rutabaga, the Adventure Chef 1
Flores, Madeleine - Help Us! Great Warrior
Hatke, Ben - Mighty Jack: Book One
Pittman, Eddie - Red's Planet
Reed, M. K. - Dinosaurs: Fossils and Feathers
Riess, Natalie - Space Battle Lunchtime: Lights, Camera, Snacktion
Reynolds, Aaron - Caveboy Dave: More Scrawny Than Brawny
Telgemeier, Raina - Ghosts
Weing, Drew - The Creepy Case Files of Margo Maloo
Winick, Judd - Hilo: Saving the Whole Wide World
Auxier, Jonathan - Sophie Quire and the Last Storyguard
Bauer, Joan - Soar
Griffin, Paul - When Friendship Followed Me Home
Key, Watt - Terror at Bottle Creek
Nielsen, Jennifer A - A Night Divided
Reynolds, Jason - Ghost
Smith, Roland - Beneath
Sonnenblick, Jordan - Falling Over Sideways
VandeVelde, Vivian - 23 Minutes
Wolk, Lauren - Wolf Hollow
Cliff, Tony - Delilah Dirk and the King's Shilling
Cloonan, Becky - Gotham Academy: Welcome to Gotham Academy
Corona, Jorge - Feathers
Deacon, Alexis - Geis: A Matter of Life and Death
Gownley, Jimmy - The Dumbest Idea Ever!
Hicks, Faith Erin - The Nameless City: Volume 1
Larson, Hope - Four Points: Compass South
Phelan, Matt - Snow White
Prince, Liz - Tomboy
Takano, Ichigo - Orange: The Complete Collection, 1