Nominating and Voting Procedures
New This Year!
Beginning with this award year, the nominations period will be extended to a year-round schedule. Nominations for the 2015 award are now open; nominations for 2015 will end on March 10, 2015. On March 15, nominations for the 2016 award will become open and run through March 10, 2016. From then on, nominations will run from March 15 to March 10 every year. To be eligible, a book must have been published within the previous two years of the award. With this change, students will be able to nominate a new book as soon as they’ve read it, including during the voting period.
The top five nominations in each category will then be announced by April 1, so that teachers, librarians and students can become familiar with the nominated books and read them over the summer. During the summer, students can nominate any new books for the upcoming award year too.
Voting will take place between September 1 and November 10, and the winner will be announced in December.
Students may only nominate books published in the previous 2 years (for paperbacks, check the original hardcover publication date), and the book must be originally published in the United States. Books in a series that has previously won the award, such as Heroes of Olympus, are not eligible for nomination. Check the winners page for past year winners.