The 2014 Louisiana Readers’ Choice Award winners are in, with students in grades nine through 12 selecting Divergent by Veronica Roth for this year’s Teen Readers’ Choice Award. The State Library of Louisiana hosts the Louisiana Reader’s Choice Awards, a program that strives to foster a love of reading in young Louisianians. Ten Rules You Absolutely Must Not Break if You Want to Survive the School Busby John Granditswasthe top choice among third through fifth graders, while Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25 by Richard Paul Evansreceived the most votes among middle school students.
More than 20,000 students throughout the state voted for the 2014 Louisiana Young Readers’ Choice Award and Louisiana Teen Readers’ Choice Award. Some students cast their votes using voting machines supplied by the Secretary of State’s Voter Outreach Division.
“Children who read tend to achieve more in school and learn the value of literacy as a result,” State Librarian Rebecca Hamilton said. “The Louisiana Young Readers’ Choice program encourages reading by motivating students to participate in the recognition of outstanding books.”
For information about the program, previous winners, this year’s second place finishers or the list of books nominated for next year’s awards, visit www.state.lib.la.us.