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The Blue Hen Book Award is a children’s choice award sponsored by the Youth Services Division of the Delaware Library Association. The award encourages literacy and library use by children and teens.
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Blue Hen Book Award

The Blue Hen Book Award is a children's choice award sponsored by the Children's Services Division of the Delaware Library Association.  Each year children have the opportunity to vote on selected picture. chapter and teen books published in the last year.  The book that receives the most votes in each category will win the Blue Hen Book Award.


Younger Readers

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Open very carefully - O'Byrne, Nicola
ISBN: 0763661635
What would you do if you were settling down for a quiet bedtime story and you realized that a crocodile had fallen into your storybook and was — not to put too fine a point on it — wreaking havoc? Would you slam that book shut and cram it back onto the bookshelf? Or would you be brave enough to peek?

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Mr. Tiger goes wild - Brown, Peter
ISBN: 0316200638
From Caldecott Honor artist Peter Brown comes a story that shows there's a time and place for everything...even going wild.

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Water in the park : a book about water & the times of the day - Jenkins, Emily
ISBN: 9780375870026
From the first orange glow on the water in the pond, to the last humans and animals running home from an evening rain shower, here is a day-in-the-life of a city park, and the playground within it. A rhythmic text and sweet, accessible images will immerse parents, toddlers, and young children in the summer season and the community within a park.

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Nelson Mandela - Nelson, Kadir
ISBN: 9780061783746
Kadir Nelson tells the story of Mandela, a global icon, in poignant verse and glorious illustrations. It is the story of a young boy's determination to change South Africa and of the struggles of a man who eventually became the president of his country by believing in equality for people of all colors. Readers will be inspired by Mandela's triumph and his lifelong quest to create a more just world.

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Baby Bear counts one - Wolff, Ashley
ISBN: 1442441585
Count along from one to ten with Baby Bear as he and Mama hustle home to their cozy den-just in time for the season's first snowfall.


Blue Hen Book Award Ballot for Younger and Middle Readers

For Younger Readers

  • Read all 5 nominated books
  • Check off the books as you read them
  • Choose your favorite book
  • Return the ballot to your library by October 31, 2014

For Middle Readers

  • Read 3 of the 5 nominated books
  • Check off the books as you read them
  • Choose your favoirte book
  • Return the ballot to your library by October 31, 2014

Middle Readers

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Doll bones - Black, Holly
ISBN: 1416963987
Zach, Poppy, and Alice have been friends forever. And for almost as long, they've been playing one continuous, ever-changing game of pirates and thieves, mermaids and warriors. Ruling over all is the Great Queen, a bone-china doll cursing those who displease her.

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Flora and Ulysses - Kate DiCamillo; K. G. Campbell (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763660406
Publication Date: 2013-09-24
It begins, as the best superhero stories do, with a tragic accident that has unexpected consequences. The squirrel never saw the vacuum cleaner coming, but self-described cynic Flora Belle Buckman, who has read every issue of the comic book Terrible Things Can Happen to You!, is the just the right person to step in and save him. What neither can predict is that Ulysses (the squirrel) has been born anew, with powers of strength, flight, and misspelled poetry -- and that Flora will be changed too, as she discovers the possibility of hope and the promise of a capacious heart.

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Fortunately, the Milk - Neil Gaiman; Skottie Young (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0062224077
Publication Date: 2013-09-17
While picking up milk for his children's cereal, a father is abducted by aliens and finds himself on a wild adventure through time and space.

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Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library - Chris Grabenstein
ISBN: 9780375970894
Publication Date: 2013-06-25
Kyle Keeley is the class clown, popular with most kids, (if not the teachers), and an ardent fan of all games: board games, word games, and particularly video games. His hero, Luigi Lemoncello, the most notorious and creative gamemaker in the world, just so happens to be the genius behind the building of the new town library.

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Mister Max - Cynthia Voigt; Iacopo Bruno (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0375971238
Publication Date: 2013-09-10
Max's parents are missing. They are actors, and thus unpredictable, but sailing away, leaving Max with only a cryptic note, is unusual even for them. Did theyintend to leave him behind? Have they been kidnapped?
Until he can figure it out, Max feels it's safer to keep a low profile. Hiding out is no problem for a child of the theater. Max has played many roles, he can be whoever he needs to be to blend in. But finding a job is tricky, no matter what costume he dons.


Blue Hen Book Award Ballot for Teen Readers

  • Read 3 of the 5 nominated books.
  • Check off the books as you read them
  • Choose your favorite book
  • Return the ballot to your library by October 31, 2014.

Teen Readers

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March - John Lewis; Andrew Aydin; Nate Powell (Artist)
ISBN: 1603093001
Publication Date: 2013-08-13
MARCH is a vivid first-hand account of John Lewis' lifelong struggle for civil and human rights (including his key roles in the historic 1963 March on Washington and the 1965 Selma-Montgomery March), meditating in the modern age on the distance traveled since the days of Jim Crow and segregation.

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If You Find Me - Emily Murdoch
ISBN: 9781250021526
Publication Date: 2013-03-26
A broken-down camper hidden deep in a national forest is the only home fifteen year-old Carey can remember. The trees keep guard over her threadbare existence, with the one bright spot being Carey’s younger sister, Jenessa, who depends on Carey for her very survival. All they have is each other, as their mentally ill mother comes and goes with greater frequency. Until that one fateful day their mother disappears for good, and two strangers arrive.nbsp;Suddenly, the girls are taken from the woods and thrust into a bright and perplexing new world of high school, clothes and boys.

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More Than This - Patrick Ness
ISBN: 0763662585
Publication Date: 2013-09-10
A boy named Seth drowns, desperate and alone in his final moments, losing his life as the pounding sea claims him. But then he wakes. He is naked, thirsty, starving. But alive. How is that possible? He remembers dying, his bones breaking, his skull dashed upon the rocks. So how is he here? And where is this place? It looks like the suburban English town where he lived as a child, before an unthinkable tragedy happened and his family moved to America. But the neighborhood around his old house is overgrown, covered in dust, and completely abandoned. What’s going on?

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Eleanor and Park - Rainbow Rowell
ISBN: 1250012570
Publication Date: 2013-02-26
Set over the course of one school year in 1986, this is the story of two star-crossed misfits-smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try.

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Boxers - Gene Luen Yang; Lark Pien
ISBN: 9781596433595
Publication Date: 2013-09-10
In China in 1898 bands of foreign missionaries and soldiers roam the countryside, bullying and robbing Chinese peasants. Little Bao has had enough: harnessing the powers of ancient Chinese gods, he recruits an army of Boxers--commoners trained in kung fu who fight to free China from "foreign devils."


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