To be eligible, a book must be published 3 years prior to the award year, and sequels are not eligible. Teachers, students, librarians, parents or any literature lover can nominate titles. Nominations are due by February 1st. The state representatives create the ballot, which has 6-8 titles for each division (age range). Only students can vote - the time frame is March 15 - April 15.
Parts of this program that could provide a challenge:
- The voting time frame is immediately after Battle of the Books
- I believe students might be confused that the books they spend the year nominating will not be the same ones they vote on in March and April. I believe I will focus on the voting participation for the first year, and nominate books based on circulation statistics.