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In 1999 my picture book Man on the Moon was on the Florida Reading Association Children’s Book Award reading list.

When you take a writing workshop with a critique I will ask you to find book comps, books that compete with yours. To find out what the educators and students like, I highly recommend reading the books on these state best book lists for children and teens.

In almost every state in the United States, teachers and librarians assemble a best books list each year for students to read. In many of these states, the students vote for their favorite book on the list.

To allow every child in the state to read and vote, classrooms and libraries order multiple copies of each title. It usually takes 2 years for a book to be added to a state list, so the books on these lists will probably be on the shelves in your local library for you to check out and read as possible book comps.

The books on these state lists have been chosen by educators and the winners have been selected by students. All of these books are highly recommended!

Alabama
Alabama Camellia Children’s Choice Book Award

Alaska
Alaska Battle of the Books Award
Pacific Northwest Library Association’s Young Reader’s Choice Award

Arizona
Grand Canyon Reader Award

Arkansas
Arkansas Diamond Primary Book Award (K-3)
Charlie May Simon Award (Grades 4-6)

California
California Eureka! Excellence in Nonfiction Awards
California Young Reader Medal

Colorado
Colorado Children’s Book Award
Colorado Blue Spruce Book Award

Connecticut
Connecticut’s Nutmeg Book Award

Delaware
Blue Hen Book Award

Florida
Florida Reading Association Children’s Book Award
Florida Teens Read Award
Florida Sunshine State Young Reader’s Award

Georgia
Georgia Children’s Book Award
Georgia Children’s Picturebook Award
Georgia Peach Book Award for Teen Readers

Hawaii
Nene Award

Idaho
Pacific Northwest Library Association’s Young Reader’s Choice Award

Illinois
Abraham Lincoln Readers’ Choice Award
Bluestem Book Award
Monarch K-3 Children’s Choice Book Award
Rebecca Caudill Young Readers’ Book Award

Indiana
Indiana Eliot Rosewater High School Book Award
Young Hoosier Book Award

Iowa
Iowa Children’s Choice Award
Iowa Goldfinch Award
Iowa Teen Award
Iowa High School Battle of the Books Award

Kansas
Bill Martin Jr Picture Book Award

Kentucky
Kentucky Bluegrass Book Award

Louisiana
Louisiana Young Readers’ Choice Award

Maine
Maine Chickadee Award for Picture Books
Maine Lupine Award
Maine Regional Library System Cream of the Crop List
Maine Student Book Awards

Maryland
Black-Eyed Susan Book Awards
Maryland Blue Crab Young Reader Awards

Massachusetts
Massachusetts Children’s Book Award

Michigan
Michigan Great Lakes’ Great Books Award
The Mitten Award
Thumbs Up! Award
YouPer (Young Person) Award

Minnesota
Comstock Book Award
Maud Hart Lovelace Book Award
Wanda Gág Book Award

Mississippi
Magnolia Award

Missouri
Building Block Picture Book Award
Missouri Show Me Readers Award
Missouri Mark Twain Readers Award
Missouri Truman Readers Award
Missouri Gateway Book Awards

Montana
Treasure State Award

Nebraska
Nebraska Golden Sower Award

Nevada
Nevada Young Readers’ Award

North Carolina
North Carolina Young Adult Book Award

New Hampshire
New Hampshire Cochecho Readers’ Award
New Hampshire Gate City Book Award
New Hampshire Ladybug Picture Book Award
The Flume: NH Teen Readers’ Choice

New York
New York Charlotte Book Award

North Carolina
North Carolina Children’s Book Award
North Carolina Young Adult Book Award

North Dakota
Flicker Tale Children’s Book Award

Ohio
Ohio Buckeye Teen Book Award

Oklahoma
Oklahoma Sequoyah Book Awards

Oregon
Beverly Cleary Children’s Choice Award
ORCA Oregon Reader’s Choice Awards
Oregon Battle of the Books Award

Pennsylvania
Keystone to Reading Award
Pennsylvania Young Reader’s Choice Award

Rhode Island
Rhode Island Children’s Book Award
Rhode Island Teen Book Award

South Carolina
Picture Book Award
Children’s Book Award
Junior Book Award
Young Adult Book Award

South Dakota
Prairie Bud Book Award
Prairie Pasque Book Award
Young Adult Reading Program

Tennessee
Volunteer State Book Award

Texas
Tejas Star Reading List
Texas 2 x 2 Award
Texas Bluebonnet Award
Texas Lone Star Reading List
Texas Little Maverick Graphic Novels
Texas Maverick Graphic Novels Reading List
Spirit of Texas Reading Program – Middle School List
Spirit of Texas Reading Program – High School List
Tayshas High School Reading List

Utah
Beehive Award
Utah Kiss The Book

Vermont
Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children’s Book Award
Green Mountain Book Award
Red Clover Book Award

Virginia
Jefferson Cup Award
Virginia Readers’ Choice Awards

Washington
Evergreen Young Adult Book Award
Sasquatch Reading Award
Washington Children’s Choice Picture Book Award
Washington State Book Award
Washington State Towner Award

Wisconsin
Elizabeth Burr / Worzalla Book Award
Golden Archer Award
Wisconsin Battle of the Books Award

Wyoming
Wyoming Soaring Eagle Book Award
Wyoming Buckaroo Book Award
Wyoming Indian Paintbrush Book Award

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