The Volunteer State Book Award is sponsored annually by the Tennessee Library Association and the Tennessee Association of School Librarians. Each year, children across Tennessee are asked to read books from a list of nominated titles. The Volunteer State Book Award hosts four divisions–Primary (Pre-K-2nd Grade), Intermediate (Grades 3rd-5th), Middle School (Grades 6-8), and high school (grades 9-12). In the spring, those students who have read or listened to at least three of the titles from the list are eligible to vote for their favorite titles. These votes are tabulated and sent to the state organization. The book with the most votes statewide wins the award. The author of the book receives a plaque and is invited to Tennessee to receive the award. Learn more @ http://www.tasltn.org/vsba .

Click the link to complete your three VSBA forms: Book Review Form

Deadline for Submission: April 2021

2020‐2021 VSBA High School List of Nominations

**Click this link to view a slideshow describing the books on the list: VSBA High School PPT 

 Acevedo, Elizabeth. The Poet X. Harperteen, 2018.

 Adeyemi, Tomi. Children of Blood and Bone. Henry Holt & Company, 2018.

 Anderson, Laurie Halse. Shout. Viking Books for Young Readers, 2019.

 Blake, Ashley Herring. Girl Made of Stars. Houghton Mifflin, 2018.

 Bowman, Erin. Contagion. Harperteen, 2018.

 Deaver, Mason. I Wish You All the Best. Push, 2019.

 Giles, Lamar. Spin. Scholastic Press, 2019.

 Ireland, Justina. Dread Nation. Balzer & Bray/Harperteen, 2018.

 Jackson, Tiffany D. Monday’s Not Coming. Katherine Tegen Books, 2018.

 Johnson, Maureen. Truly Devious. Katherine Tegen Books, 2018.

 Kemmerer, Brigid. More Than We Can Tell. Bloomsbury Children’s Books, 2018.

 Khorram, Adib. Darius the Great is Not Okay. Dial Books, 2018.

 King, A.S. Dig. Dutton Books for Young Readers, 2019.

 Krosoczka, Jarrett. Hey, Kiddo. Graphix, 2018.

 Lee, Mackenzi. The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy. Katherine Tegen Books,


 Mafi, Tahereh. A Very Large Expanse of Sea. HarperCollins, 2018.

 McCullough, Joy. Blood Water Paint. Dutton Books for Young Readers, 2018.

 McGinnis, Mindy. Heroine. Katherine Tegen Books, 2019.

 Nazemian, Abdi. Like a Love Story. Balzer + Bray, 2019.

 Pan, Emily X.R. The Astonishing Color of After. Little, Brown Books for Young

Readers, 2018.

 Ribay, Randy. Patron Saints of Nothing. Kokila, 2019.

 Rogerson, Margaret. Sorcery of Thorns. Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2019.

 Rowell, Rainbow and Faith Erin Hicks. Pumpkinheads. First Second, 2019.

 Sepetys, Ruta. The Fountains of Silence. Philomel Books, 2019.

 Stevenson, Bryan. Just Mercy (Adapted for Young Adults): A True Story of the Fight

for Justice. Delacorte Press, 2018.

 Shusterman, Neal & Jarrod Shusterman. Dry. Simon & Schuster Books for Young

Readers, 2018.

 Stevens, Courtney. Four Three Two One. Harperteen, 2018.

 Stamper, Vesper. What the Night Sings. Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers,


 Thomas, Angie. On the Come Up. Balzer & Bray/Harperteen, 2019.

 Yoon, David. Frankly in Love. G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers, 2019.

upcoming changes!!!

CavLibrary launches its annual VSBA program in September at the VSBA Literary Lunch PreviParty and concludes it in April with a pizza/voting party for all participating students. Throughout the program, CCHS students meet to discuss and booktalk titles. See Mrs. Nichols to sign up!


The Volunteer State Book Award nominees can be found at goodreads.com. After you register, search for Volunteer State Book Awards. You can rate and comment on the books, participate in discussions, and connect with other readers.

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