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Black-Eyed Susan Reading Program Print Page

Grades 6-9 Novel Nominees


See all the nominees here! Video trailers and summaries too!

Click here!




 Voting for the 2017-2018 nominees will open in 2018. Remember to also fill out the reading record for at least three nominees from one list so that you can celebrate at the BES party in the spring. (Look to the right on this webpage for the reading record info.)


Click on the link to vote for your favorite book.


The Black-Eyed Susan Reading Program

The Black-Eyed Susan Book Award is a children’s choice award for the state of Maryland. The award is given to authors and/or illustrators of outstanding books chosen by Maryland students. The award seeks to promote literacy and lifelong reading habits by encouraging students to read quality, contemporary literature.

Reading committees of school and public librarians, and other interested members of the Maryland Association of School Librarians (MASL), meet to determine which books will be nominated and placed on student reading lists. Tilden has books from four different reading lists: books for students in Grades 4-6, Graphic Novels for students in Gradess 4-6, books for students in Grades 6-9, and books for High School students. The nominated books are outstanding books that can broaden the human experience and provide students with new insights into their own lives. Books may be suggested for consideration by students, teachers, parents, or other interested readers.

Following are some of the criteria which are used in determining the nominated books:

  • Books may be fiction or nonfiction.
  • Books must have a copyright date of the current year or one of the preceding three years and be readily available.
  • Each title selected will have received positive reviews from appropriate professional journals.
  • Books must have been read, discussed, and voted upon by the appropriate Black-Eyed Susan reading committee before being placed on the appropriate list.

Students must have read a minimum of 3 books on one list and submit a BES reading record to be eligible to vote for a title. Students may cast one vote for the book they consider to be the most outstanding book in each of the categories. All votes from schools across the state of Maryland are submitted to the Black-Eyed Susan Book Award committee to be tallied in order to determine the winners. The winning authors and/or illustrators receive an award engraved with the book title, the year, and the Black-Eyed Susan Book Award logo. Authors, illustrators, and publishers recognize the Maryland Black-Eyed Susan Book Award as an honor bestowed by Maryland student readers.


    Black-Eyed Susan Reading Record

    Record that you have read a 2017-2018 BES book by clicking HERE, at any time. Complete a total of three BES Reading Record forms (for three books from the same category, with the same color sticker) so that we will know who is eligible to attend the Black-Eyed Susan voting party in the spring.

    (Note: You must be signed into your MCPS Google Chrome account)



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