Virginia Readers’ Choice

Click HERE to vote for the 2017-2018 Primary winner!

What is the Virginia Readers’ Choice program?


* to encourage young readers to become better acquainted with contemporary books with outstanding literary appeal,

* to broaden students’ awareness of literature as a life-long pleasure,

* to encourage reading aloud in classrooms as a means of introducing reading for pleasure, and

* to honor favorite books and their authors.


* A winner will be announced for each level- Primary, Elementary, Middle, and High School. The winning book will have gathered the highest number of votes in their category. The winners will be announced in the Spring of each year.


To become a qualified voter, a participant must be exposed to at least four of the nominated books at each level in their entirety by reading them himself, having them read aloud to him, or a combination of the two.

Students may participate in the Virginia Readers’ Choice program through a public library, school library, or classroom.

Each qualified voter has one vote for his/her favorite book at each level. A participant may vote at more than one level – for instance an elementary student may choose to vote for an elementary level title and a primary level title.  The window for voting at Shady Grove this year will open March 1st, 2018 and close on April 1st, 2018.  During this window, a survey on this page will be open for voting.

A responsible adult in a classroom or library setting must monitor the voting, and only one official tally sheet per program level (Primary, Elementary, etc.) may be submitted from each public library or school regardless of how many individual groups within that school/library take part in the program. The total number of votes submitted from a school/library may not exceed the number of students qualified to vote from that school/library.

The winning book for each level is selected by popular vote of the participating students evaluating the books. Votes must meet the deadline date to be included in the popular vote.

Primary Candidates  2017-2018

Glow: Animals with Their Own Night-Lights by W.H. Beck

Yard Sale by Eve Bunting

Chuck and Woodchuck by CeCe Bell

Mango, Abuela, and Me by Meg Medina and Angela Dominguez

You Must Be This Tall by Steven Weinberg

Job Wanted by Teresa Bateman

The Skunk by Mac Barnett

Flutter and Hum: Animal Poems by Julie Paschkis

Nerdy Birdy by Aaron Reynolds

Thunder Boy Jr. by Sherman Alexie



Elementary Candidates  2017-2018

Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate

A Whole New Ballgame by Phil Bildner

Class Dismissed by Allan Woodrow

A Handful of Stars by Cynthia Lord

In the Footsteps of Crazy Horse by Joseph Marshall

The Remembering Day/El Dia de los Muertos by Pat Mora

Lucky Strike by Bobbie Pyron

Wet Cement: A Mix of Concrete Poems by Bob Raczka

Fuzzy Mud by Louis Sachar

Save Me A Seat by Sarah Weeks