The Buckeyes are the only state reader’s choice award in which students get to nominate the titles as well as vote on the final winners. The only adults who may submit nominations or votes are teachers and librarians who are representing a group of students from their school or library. This allows the Buckeyes to be truly a student-chosen award in all aspects.

The 2021 nominees are:

For Grades K-2      

  • Birdsong by Julie Flett
  • The Cat Man of Aleppo by Irene Latham and Karim Shamsi-Basha
  • Happy Narwhalidays (Narwhal and Jelly #5) by Ben Clanton 
  • This Is Not That Kind of Book by Christopher Healy 
  • Unstoppable by Adam Rex 

For Grades 3-5

  • Dog Man: Grime and Punishment by Dav Pilkey
  • Elbow Grease: Fast Friends by John Cena 
  • Fly, Girl, Fly!: Shaesta Waiz Soars around the World by Nancy Roe Pimm
  • I Survived the California Wildfires, 2018 by Lauren Tarshis 
  • The One and Only Bob by Katherine Applegate 

For Grades 6-8

  • Coop Knows the Scoop by Taryn Souders 
  • From the Desk of Zoe Washington by Janae Marks
  • The Poison Jungle (Wings of Fire #13)  by Tui T. Sutherland
  • Snapdragon by Kat Leyh 
  • Words on Fire by Jennifer A. Nielsen 

The Teen Buckeye Book Award nominees (for grades 9-12)

  • Be Not Far from Me by Mindy McGinnis
  • Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo
  • The Girl in the White Van by April Henry 
  • The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
  • The Invincible Summer of Juniper Jones by Daven McQueen

Voting begins September 1st!