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2017 Sasquatch Award nominees

It’s a sunny Sunday in Seattle, but that didn’t stop my friends on the Sasquatch committee! They met today and have announced the dozen nominees for the 2016-2017 school year.

The 2017 Sasquatch Award Nominees

  • The Iron Trial by Holly Black & Cassandra Clare
  • Kinda Like Brothers by Coe Booth
  • Gaby Lost and Found by Angela Cervantes
  • Mountain Dog by Margarita Engle
  • A Song for Bijou by Josh Farrar
  • Space Case by Stuart Gibbs
  • The Vine Basket by Josanne La Valley
  • Dash by Kirby Larson
  • The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher by Dana Alison Levy
  • Zane and the Hurricane by Rodman Philbrick
  • Eddie Red Undercover: Mystery on Museum Mile by Marcia Wells
  • The Forbidden Library by Django Wexler

For more on the Sasquatch Award, visit their official website.

AND! Please comment on any nominated title you love, your students love, or one that you’re curious about. Me? I LOVED The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher. My students adore Stuart Gibbs and will like that Space Case is on the list.  And I can’t wait to read A Song for Bijou and The Forbidden Library, among others.

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!  🙂