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 2020 nominees are:

For Grades K-2      

  • Back Roads, Country Toads by Devin Scillian
  • Carl and the Meaning of Life by Deborah Freedman
  • Harold & Hog Pretend for Real! by Dan Santat
  • The Little Guys by Vera Brosgol
  • We Don’t Eat Our Classmates by Ryan T. Higgins

For Grades 3-5

  • Elbow Grease vs. Motozilla by John Cena
  • I Survived the Attack of the Grizzlies, 1967 by Lauren Tarshis
  • New Kid by Jerry Craft
  • Shelby’s Story: A Dog’s Way Home Tale by W. Bruce Cameron
  • Torpedoed: The True Story of the World War II Sinking of “The Children’s Ship” by Deborah Heiligman

For Grades 6-8

  • Supernova (Amulet book 8) by Kazu Kibuishi
  • Front Desk by Kelly Yang
  • Grenade by Alan Gratz
  • Guts by Raina Telgemeier
  • Inkling by Kenneth Oppel

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

  • On the Come Up by Angie Thomas
  • Superman: Dawnbreaker by Matt de la Peña
  • Supernova (Renegades book 3) by Marissa Meyer
  • The Toll (Arc of a Scythe book 3) by Neal Shusterman
  • War Storm (Red Queen Book 4) by Victoria Aveyard