NYSRA Charlotte Award-2016


 Past Winners (1990-present)

The New York State Reading Association is pleased to announce the winners of the 2016 NYSRA Charlotte Award.

Named for the main character in E.B. White's Charlotte's Web, the purpose of the NYSRA Charlotte Award is to encourage students to read outstanding literature and ultimately become life-long readers.  The award has been given every two years by the New York State Reading Association. A committee of educators from across the state determines a ballot of excellent fiction and informational texts published in the previous two years.  The winning authors and illustrators are chosen by NY students.


Books are voted upon by students in four categories:  primary (preschool through grade two), intermediate (grades three through five), middle school, and high school.  Over 5,000 votes were cast in this school year by NY students for the 2016 award.


The Book With No Pictures  written by  B. J. Novak and published by Penguin Random House won the Primary Grades Charlotte Award.  Young students across NY enjoyed how Mr. Novak's book had readers across the state saying words like Blork or Bluurf.  Although the book has no pictures, students loved every page.

Rags: Hero Dog of WWI: A True Story won the Intermediate Grades Charlotte Award.  Published by Sleeping Bear Press , Rags: Hero Dog of WWI: A True Story was written by  Margot Theis Raven and illustrated by Petra Brown .  NY readers enjoyed learning about the little dog's Rags battlefield exploits and how he would not leave his soldier's side.

The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer L Holm and published by Penguin Random House  won the Middle School Charlotte Award. Students of New York enjoyed  reading about the wonder of science and exploring fascinating questions about life and death, family and friendship, immortality . . . and possibility with Ellie and her Grandpa Melvin.

The Girl Who was Supposed to Die by April Henry and published by Macmillian Publishers won the High School Charlotte Award.The Girl Who was Supposed to Die is a riveting  nail-biting thriller involving murder, identity theft, and biological warfare. The high school students of New York enjoyed every harrowing moment.  

Winners will receive the NYSRA Charlotte Award at the NYSRA annual conference November 13-14, 2016 in Rochester, NY.

As we celebrate the 2016 winners, reviews are already underway for the 2018 NYSRA Charlotte Award and nominations for that award will be announced in 2017.

Members of the 2016 NYSRA Charlotte Award committee are Nadine Bryce, Debbie Dermady, Michelle Flick, Eileen LaSpaluto, Connie Martin, Amy Merrill, Patty Oliphant, Helen Stuetzel, Dawn Sweredoski, and Karen Kondrick (chair).

You may also contact the 2018 NYSRA Charlotte Award Chair Karen Kondrick (nysra.charlotte@gmail.com) for more information.

2016 NYSRA Charlotte Award Committee

Karen Kondrick
Dawn Sweredoski
Debbie Dermady
Eileen LaSpaluto
Helen Stuetzel
Patty Oliphant
Connie L. Martin
Amy Merrill
Michelle Flick
Nadine Bryce

The Charlotte Award Committee considers books that are published for readers up to young adult selections.

We welcome submissions of books that publishers would like us to consider.


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