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 2019 nominees are:

For Grades K-2:

  • After the Fall (How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again) by Dan Santat (Roaring Brook Press, 2017) 978-1626726826
  • Did You Eat the Parakeet? by Mark Iacolina (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2018) 978-0374305888
  • Drawn Together by Minh Le and Dan Santat (Disney-Hyperion, 2018) 978-1484767603
  • Elbow Grease by John Cena; illustrated by Howard McWilliam (Random House Books for Young Readers, 2018) 978-1524773502
  • Not Quite Narwhal by Jessie Sima (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2017) 978-1481469098

For Grades 3-5:

  • A Boy Called Bat by Elana K. Arnold; illustrated by Charles Santoso (Walden Pond Press, 2017) 978-0062445827
  • Dog Man: Lord of the Fleas (book 5) by Dav Pilkey (Graphix, 2018) 978-0545935173
  • Rebound (Crossover series) by Kwame Alexander (HMH Books For Young Readers, 2018) 978-0544868137
  • Squint by Chad Morris and Shelly Brown (Shadow Mountain, 2018) 978-1629724850
  • The Collector by K.R. Alexander (Scholastic Press, 2018) 978-1338212242

For Grades 6-8:

  • Not If I Save You First by Ally Carter (Scholastic Press, 2018) 978-1338134148
  • Restart by Gordon Korman (Scholastic Press, 2017) 978-1338053777
  • Supernova (Amulet book 8) by Kazu Kibuishi (Graphix, 2018) 978-0545850025
  • The Burning Maze (The Trials of Apollo book 3) by Rick Riordan (Disney-Hyperion, 2018) 978-1484746431
  • The Land of Stories: Worlds Collide (book 6) by Chris Colfer (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2017) 978-0316355896

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

  • Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi (Henry Holt and Co BYR, 2018) 978-1250170972
  • Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds (Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books, 2017) 978-1481438254
  • Renegades by Marissa Meyer (Feiwel & Friends, 2017) 978-1250044662
  • The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo (HarperTeen, 2018) 978-0062662804
  • Wildcard (Warcross book 2) by Marie Lu (G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers, 2018) 978-0399547997