The Buckeyes are one of the few reader’s choice awards 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 2023 nominees are:

For Grades K-2      

  • Hey, Bruce! An Interactive Book (Mother Bruce vol. 8) by Ryan T. Higgins (Disney-Hyperion, 2022)
  • Knight Owl by Christopher Denise (Christy Ottaviano Books, 2022)
  • Pizza and Taco: Too Cool for School by Stephen Shaskan (Random House Graphic, 2022)
  • The Sour Grape (The Food Group vol. 6) by Jory John and Pete Oswald (HarperCollins, 2022)
  • The Smart Cookie (The Food Group vol. 5) by Jory John and Pete Oswald (HarperCollins, 2021)

For Grades 3-5

  • Endlessly Ever After by Laurel Snyder and Dan Santat (Chronicle Books, 2022)
  • Falling Short by Ernesto Cisneros (Quill Tree Books, 2022)
  • Hot Dog by Doug Salati (Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2022)
  • Kick Push by Frank Morrison (Bloomsbury Children’s Books, 2022)
  • Northwind by Gary Paulsen (Farrar, Straus and Giroux BYR, 2022)

For Grades 6-8

  • Attack of the Black Rectangles by Amy Sarig King (Scholastic Press, 2022)
  • Hooky (Vol. 1) by Míriam Bonastre Tur (Clarion Books, 2021)
  • Play Like a Girl by Misty and David Wilson (Balzer + Bray, 2022)
  • The Messengers (Greystone Secrets vol. 3) by Margaret Peterson Haddix (Katherine Tegen Books, 2021)
  • Worser by Jennifer Ziegler (Margaret Ferguson Books, 2022)

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

  • Heartstopper (Vol. 4) by Alice Oseman (Graphix, 2022)
  • Lore by Alexandra Bracken (Disney-Hyperion, 2021)
  • The Promised Neverland (Vol. 20) by Kaui Shirai, illus. by Posuka Demizu (VIZ Media, 2021)
  • Two Truths and a Lie by April Henry (Christy Ottaviano Books, 2022)

Voting begins September 1st!

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