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2018-2019 Iowa Children’s Choice Titles - see below!

2019-2020 Nominated titles are announced! See order form for all IASL Award Lists: go to this link and choose your AEA

Congratulations to the 2017 Iowa Children’s Choice

with 222 schools reporting, and tallying 450 total votes:

Top 8 titles by vote:

2018-19 List of Titles

2018-19 Bookmark

Another 2018-19 Bookmark-thanks Keri Weston-Stoll!

RIGHT-CLICK for book trailers of 2018-19 titles-thank you, Miranda Kral!

2018-19 Book Ordering Information

Posters, Stickers, and Supplies Order

Coming in Spring 2019:

2018 VOTING BALLOT TO PRINT - we suggest that kids have read at least

 two titles to vote.

Coming in Spring 2019:


You MUST right-click in order for the form to open correctly.

Vote totals are only collected online. Email brown@rvmt.org if you have problems

using the form.

Past Winners

Past Winners 2003-2013

2017 Winner-

Ellie’s Story:

A Dog’s Purpose Novel

By W. Bruce Cameron

2016 Winner -

Message from Lauren Tarshis!

Voting deadline end of March 2019

Committee and Nominations Information: contact Jenifer Leistikow at  jenkurt@cfu.net if interested in being a summer reader/rater!

Committee Chair Contacts:

Shalar (Brown) Knupp: brown@rvmt.org

Jenifer Leistikow (summer reading questions) jenkurt@cfu.net


Shalar Knupp

Diane Fight

Kristi Harper

Jenifer Leistikow



Iowa Children's Choice Award: Grades 3-6

The purpose of the Iowa Children's Choice Award is:

The Iowa book awards are unique in that they give children an opportunity to choose the book to receive the award and to suggest books for the yearly reading list.

In the spring, 3rd through 6th grade students across Iowa take part in the nomination of books for the Iowa Children's Choice Award.  The nominations may come exclusively from these students so that it is ensured that these are the favorites of students in this age group. Nominations are not allowed from authors or publishers. After the suggestions are submitted, these books are reviewed by the committee and volunteer readers and the list is narrowed.  During the summer, the adult readers read and rate the titles.  The committee members finalize the list a year ahead of time.

Selection Criteria

Publishers and authors please note:

The way all of the Iowa state book awards work is that the nominations come directly from readers. The best way to get the kids to nominate your book at the time of nominations (spring, when they vote for their favorite of the current year), is to get it into readers’ hands or on their radar – teacher read-alouds, author visits, in library and classroom library collections, etc. If the kids enjoy it, they nominate it. Good luck!