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West Virginia Children’s Choice Book Awards

About the West Virginia Children’s Choice Book Award

The West Virginia Children’s Choice Book Award’s purpose is to “enrich the lives of children grades three through six by encouraging reading books of literary quality.” Established in 1981 by teachers Joyce Lang and Patty Benedum, the program was administered through the West Virginia Children’s Book Award Committee until 2007. It is now hosted by the West Virginia Center for the Book at the West Virginia Library Commission, located in Charleston.  

The 2013-2014 award nominees are available at right and in a detailed research guide that includes past winners and the nominee selection criteria.

Children from across the state read books from the nominees list then voted for their favorite book. The award is based solely on the children’s votes and thereby allows young readers to have a voice about the types of books they enjoy and would read more often.  

The West Virginia Center for the Book at the West Virginia Library Commission invites children grades three through six to read books from the WVCCBA Nominees list, then to vote for their favorite.

In August, West Virginia teachers will begin receiving official ballots and tally sheets to submit on behalf of students, however, any child studying at these grade levels in the fall is eligible to vote. 

The West Virginia Center for the Book at the West Virginia Library Commission was established in 2001 and is the state’s affiliate of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress.  A unit of the West Virginia Library Commission, the center receives support from the West Virginia Humanities Council and the Department of Education and the Arts.

The West Virginia Center for the Book brings the national Center’s message of the importance of books and reading to audiences statewide. The center actively works within West Virginia to highlight the unique literary heritage that abounds from the earliest story tellers to the recent novelists. The center celebrates all West Virginia writers and place related books. West Virginia Center for the Book sponsors book festivals, author readings and other events that celebrate books and libraries.

For more information about these outstanding children’s books, visit your local library or Contact Suzy McGinley, Youth Services Consultant.



2013-2014 Award Nominees

This list of nominees is also available as a research guide.

  • The One and Only Ivan - Katherine Applegate; Patricia Castelao (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 9780061992254
    Publication Date: 2012-01-17
    When Ivan, a gorilla who has lived for years in a down-and-out circus-themed mall, meets Ruby, a baby elephant that has been added to the mall, he decides that he must find her a better life. Newbery Award Winner, 2013

  • The Wikkeling - Steven Arntson
    ISBN: 9780762439034
    Publication Date: 2011-06-14
    Henrietta and her pals Gary and Rose all have headaches with an unknown cause and experience other strange incidents--including the appearance of a threatening creature called the Wikkeling--and are hopeful that an ancient bestiary can help solve these mysteries.

  • Malcolm at Midnight - W. H. Beck; Brian Lies (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 9780547681009
    Publication Date: 2012-09-04
    Malcolm, a smaller than average rat, loves life at McKenna School and the secret society of classroom pets that keep children out of trouble, but when Aggy the iguana disappears Malcolm must use all of his ratty persistence to prove his innocence and save her.

  • Emma Dilemma - Kristine O'Connell George; Nancy Carpenter (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 9780618428427
    Publication Date: 2011-02-22
    Emma is Jess's little sister ... and her dilemma. How can one small girl be sweet, funny, imaginative, playful, and affectionate as well as a clinging vine, brat, tattletale, and nuisance-all at the same time? The highlights and low points of this sibling relationship are insightfully evoked in short and simple poems. Nancy Carpenter's graceful illustrations perceptively complement Kristine O'Connell George's agile poems

  • Son - Lois Lowry
    ISBN: 9780547887203
    Publication Date: 2012-10-02
    Unlike the other Birthmothers in her utopian community, teenaged Claire forms an attachment to her baby, feeling a great loss when he is taken to the Nurturing Center to be adopted by a family unit. This is the final book in The Giver Quartet.

  • Lulu and the Duck in the Park - Hilary McKay; Priscilla Lamont (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 9780807548080
    Publication Date: 2012-09-01
    Lulu, who loves animals, brings an abandoned duck egg to school, even though her teacher has banned Lulu from bringing animals to school ever again.

  • Twelve Kinds of Ice - Ellen Bryan Obed; Barbara Mcclintock (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 9780618891290
    Publication Date: 2012-11-06
    From the first ice, a thin skin on a bucket of water, through thickly-iced fields, streams, and gardens, a girl, her family, and friends anticipate and enjoy a winter of skating, ending with an ice show complete with costumes, refreshments, and clowns.

  • May B. - Caroline Starr Rose
    ISBN: 9781582464121
    Publication Date: 2012-01-10
    When a failed wheat crop nearly bankrupts the Betterly family, Pa pulls twelve-year-old May from school and hires her out to a couple new to the Kansas frontier.

  • Canary in the Coal Mine - Madelyn Rosenberg; Chris Sheban (Cover Design by)
    ISBN: 9780823426003
    Publication Date: 2013-04-01
    Tired of his twelve-hour shifts and facing danger daily, Bitty, a canary whose courage more than makes up for his small size, treks to the state capital in Charleston to try to improve working conditions in coal mines.

  • Liar and Spy - Rebecca Stead
    ISBN: 9780385737432
    Publication Date: 2012-08-07
    Seventh-grader Georges adjusts to moving from a house to an apartment, his father's efforts to start a new business, his mother's extra shifts as a nurse, being picked on at school, and Safer, a boy who wants his help spying on another resident of their building.

  • Three Times Lucky - Sheila Turnage
    ISBN: 9780803736702
    Publication Date: 2012-05-10
    Washed ashore as a baby in tiny Tupelo Landing, North Carolina, Mo LoBeau, now eleven, and her best friend Dale turn detective when the amnesiac Colonel, owner of a cafe and co-parent of Mo with his cook, Miss Lana, seems implicated in a murder.

  • Each Kindness - Jacqueline Woodson; E. B. Lewis (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 9780399246524
    Publication Date: 2012-10-02
    When Ms. Albert teaches a lesson on kindness, Chloe realizes that she and her friends have been wrong in making fun of new student Maya's shabby clothes and refusing to play with her.