2017 OTTER Award nominees

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The nominated titles for WA State’s first annual OTTER Award!

  • The Haunted Library by Dori Hillestad Butler
  • Jelly Bean: Shelter Pet Squad #1 by Cynthia Lord
  • Let’s Get Cracking! by Cyndi Marko
  • Rescue on the Oregon Trail by Kate Messner
  • Rise of the Earth Dragon by Tracey West
  • Hilo: Book 1 by Judd Winick

The OTTER Award is intended to support children as they transition into chapter books. As this happens at differing ages/grades, we have chosen not to limit its eligibility to specific elementary ages/grade levels.

Voting will happen in April. We expect nominees to be announced in late March/early April in the future. For more info, please visit the official OTTER website!

A huge THANK YOU to my OTTER Award co-chair Monica Hodges and the four committee members from across WA State. With flexibility and determination, we met via Google Hangouts to deliberate over the best books for all young readers.  Because this is the OTTER goal: to be a nominee, it must be a book KIDS like, not a book adults think kids like.  And if my children (grades 1&3) are any reflection of the students in WA State, our young readers will find something to love in this nominee list.

As you – and your children/students – read the nominees, let me/the committee know what you think. We love feedback!  🙂

3 thoughts on “2017 OTTER Award nominees

  1. Pingback: 2017 OTTER Award nominees — Librarian Arika | SCHOOL LIBRARY RESOURCES

  2. Sarah Logan

    I just want you to know that today, the mom of a now-4th grade boy stopped by. I showed 3rd grade book trailers for OTTER nominees in June & gave out bookmarks. Something clicked in him & he read more this summer than ever before. This program is filling a very real need for our kids. I can’t wait to see him in library class and watch him be the “expert” on these books!

    1. ajdickens Post author

      Thank you SO MUCH for sharing! How wonderful to hear that OTTER titles are inspiring kids to read ontheir own…and during summer, no less. Let me know if you come across any titles that you think should be considered for next year’s award…or if any of this year’s nominees stand out as excellent kid-friendly choices. Cheers, and happy reading! 🙂 arika


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