Almost 23,000 students throughout the state voted to choose the winners of the 2015 Louisiana Young Readers’ Choice Award and Louisiana Teen Readers’ Choice Award. Wonder by R. J. Palacio was the top choice among third through fifth graders while False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen received the most votes among middle school students. The Louisiana Teen Readers’ Choice Award for students in grades nine through 12 goes to The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.
Voting day is an exciting time in many schools and libraries throughout Louisiana as some students cast their votes using voting machines supplied by the Secretary of State’s Voter Outreach Division.
The Louisiana Readers’ Choice program is an important element of one of the core missions of the State Library of Louisiana—to foster a love of reading in Louisianans.
“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 Readers’ Choice program encourages reading by motivating students to participate in the recognition of outstanding books, and often the young readers are able to meet winning authors at the recognition ceremony held at the Louisiana Book Festival.” For information about the program including previous winners, this year’s second place finishers and the list of books nominated for next year’s awards, visit www.state.lib.la.us
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