2019-20 Louisiana Young Readers’ Choice winners announced

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La. schoolchildren in grades 3-12 name their favorite books of the year

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The State Library of Louisiana is excited to announce the winners of the 2019-2020 Louisiana Young Readers’ Choice Awards. With the program in its 21st year, Louisiana’s young people read more than 68,350 books and cast 22,269 votes this year alone.

The 2019-2020 Louisiana Young Readers’ Choice winners are:

Grade 3-5:

Imagine That!: How Dr. Seuss Wrote the Cat in the Hat (Penguin Random House) by Judy Sierra, illustrated by Kevin Hawkes

Grades 6-8:

Clayton Byrd Goes Underground (HarperCollins) by Rita Williams-Garcia

Grades 9-12:

The Hate U Give (Balzer + Bray) by Angie Thomas

Honor titles include Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut (Agate Bolden) by Derrick Barnes, illustrated by Gordon C. James for the grade 3-5 list; Refugee (Scholastic) by Alan Gratz for the grade 6-8 list; and, One of Us is Lying (Delacorte Press) by Karen M. McManus for the teen (grade 9-12) list. Winners are selected from diverse booklists carefully chosen by committees of school and public librarians from across the state, and many students cast their ballots on voting machines supplied by the Secretary of State’s Voter Outreach Division.

“Now in its 20th year, the Louisiana Young Readers’ Choice program is not only a great way to introduce students to some fantastic reads, but encourages an interest in the democratic process by allowing them the opportunity to vote on actual voting machines,” said Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser.

“The State Library of Louisiana is a driving force for the development of literacy among Louisianans, especially our young people,” said State Librarian Rebecca Hamilton. “By leveraging the collective expertise of our public and school librarians statewide, titles are selected that are of high-interest to students and that foster a love of reading that contributes to their lifelong development as skilled readers.”

An awards ceremony for honored book authors will be held at the Louisiana Book Festival on Saturday, October 31. For more information about the program, including previous winners, how to participate, and additional resources such as free bookmarks, posters, study guides, etc., please visit http://www.state.lib.la.us/literacy-and-reading/louisiana-young-readers-choice