NYSRA Charlotte Award-2017


The New York State Reading Association is pleased to announce the 2018 NYSRA Charlotte Award Ballot.

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 2018 ballot was selected from books published in 2015 and 2016.  Now that the ballot selection is complete, the Charlotte Committee's job is to promote the ballot.  Please contact a local representative of the committee to present at your council, regional forums, conferences, and districts. (see list below)

Books are placed on the ballot in four categories:  primary (preschool through grade two), intermediate (grades three through five), middle school, and high school.  The winning authors and illustrators are chosen by New York students.  Each student can vote once in each ballot category.  Students do not need to vote in every category, but can (i.e. a middle school student may choose to vote in primary, intermediate, and middle, but choose not to vote in high school).  As the books get longer it is anticipated students may not read all books in the ballot group, but it is expected that they read as many as possible to give the books on the ballot a fair chance. 

Students may vote independently or teachers/librarians may enter an entire classes votes.  Voting will be done online at this link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSefBSIBes91Xyx7INnyVV-afnH2NhJCfLsyqUJB_qk1gOKB6A/viewform.  Voting Begins April 1, 2017 and ends April 30, 2018.  Please make sure each child's vote is only counted once. 

Please support the New York State Reading Association's Children’s Choice Book Award by promoting it in your local district.

Thank You,

Karen Kondrick
2018 Charlotte Award Chairperson


Committee Member


Local Reading Council

Sarah Ada

Cape Vincent,

Greater Thousand Island Literacy Council

Nadine Bryce

New York City

Brooklyn Reading Council

Judy Ehrensbeck

Old Forge

Greater Thousand Island Literacy Council

Karen Kondrick


Chautauqua County Reading Council

Connie Martin


Seven Valley Reading Council

Amy Merrill


Binghamton Area Reading Council

Salamah Mullen


Nassau Reading Council

Patty Oliphant


Niagara Frontier Reading Council

Helen Stuetzel


Albany City Area Reading Council

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.


New York State Reading Association Youth Book Blog