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DCF books on a bookshelf.

Do your kids come home from school talking about Red Clover picture books? Borrow them from the public library!

Each spring, since 1997, Vermont schoolchildren in grades K-4 vote for their favorite from a list of 20 nominees chosen by Vermont School Librarians. In April and May, votes are tallied and the winner is announced. Drew Dewalt’s, The Legend of Rock, Paper, Scissors (with illustrations by Adam Rex) was the big winner in 2019. Come take a look at the current nominees and choose your favorite!

What about those hard to find DCF books? Who are they for?

For students in grades 4-8, check out the DCF list. The DCF award was created to honor excellence in children's literature. Each year since 1957, Vermont students in grades 4-8 select their favorite book from a list of 30 nominees chosen by Vermont Librarians. Voting takes place in the spring, beginning in April. Author Alan Gratz won in 2018 for Projekt 1065: A Novel of WWII and again in 2019! for his book Refugee.

Check out our display shelves dedicated to the nominees and winners of these prestigious and home-grown awards at the SBPL!  Or click here to view a full list on our catalog for the 2019-2020 nominees.