Dec 7, 2011

Garden State Book Awards

It's that time of year! Children and teens all around the state of New Jersey are choosing their favorite books for the 2012 Garden State Book Awards! The awards are divided into two major groups, one for teens and another for younger kids. Greenwich Township students are invited to vote for their favorites! The elementary ballot is available through the Greenwich Elementary Wiki. The middle school ballot can be found at the statewide voting site.

Teachers are encouraged to share, read, and booktalk as many titles as possible with their students. The Greenwich LMC has many of the Easy Reader and Nonfiction titles on reserve for teachers through December 16. Please stop by the Teacher Resource Corner to browse and borrow available titles.

Garden State Children's Book Awards
The Garden State Children's Book Awards were established in 1977 to honor books for younger readers. The Children's Services Section (CSS) of the New Jersey Library Association felt that books for the early and middle grades seldom received proper recognition. Yet it is at this age, more than any other, that the potential reader needs to be encouraged, stimulated and captivated by the printed work and good illustration.

The winners are chosen by a committee of the Children's Services Section of the New Jersey Library Association on the basis of literary merit and popularity with readers. The awards are given to both author and illustrator in four categories: "Easy to Read" as specifically designated by the publisher, "Easy to Read Series", Fiction and Non-fiction for younger children in grades 2-5. Because children vote for their favorite books, the committee works with titles published three years before the award.
For more on this award visit the NJLA wiki.

Voting is open now! Students may vote for their favorite title on the GS Wiki.

Garden State Teen Book Awards
The Garden State Teen Book Award is a project of the Young Adult Section of the New Jersey Library Association ( The section represents libraries from throughout the state, and selected nominees are based on teen appeal and quality of writing from the previous year’s “Best Books” list (i.e. the final 2013 GSTBA ballot is completed in early 2012 and contains titles published in 2010). Ballots are composed of 20 nominations in three categories: fiction for grades 6-8, fiction for grades 9-12, and nonfiction for grades 6-12. The section seeks to expose teens to books that are appealing and well written, and which accurately display the diversity found in the state of New Jersey.
For more about this award visit the NJLA wiki.