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 2022 nominees are:

For Grades K-2      

  • Mel Fell by Corey R. Tabor  
  • Something Good by Marcy Campbell & Corinna Luyken (illus)
  • Something’s Wrong: A Bear, a Hare, and Some Underwear by Jory John & Erin Kraan (illus)
  • The Barnabus Project by Terry, Eric, and Devin Fan
  • The Bruce Swap by Ryan T. Higgins

For Grades 3-5

  • Gone to the Woods: Surviving a Lost Childhood by Gary Paulsen
  • Inside Cat by Brendan Wenzel
  • Linked by Gordon Korman
  • Pity Party by Kathleen Lane
  • Red, White, and Whole by Rajani Larocca

For Grades 6-8

  • Daughter of the Deep by Rick Riordan
  • Ground Zero by Alan Gratz
  • Kaleidoscope by Brian Selznick
  • Prairie Lotus by Linda Sue Park
  • Taking Up Space by Alyson Gerber

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

  • Ashlords by Scott Reintgen
  • Loveless by Alice Oseman
  • Punching the Air by Ibi Zoboi and Yusef Salaam
  • Wicked As You Wish by Rin Chupeco
  • The Henna Wars by Adiba Jaigirdar

Voting begins September 1st!

Just finished reading a good book? Nominate it for next year’s award here.