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 2017 nominees are:

For Grades K-2:

  • Are We There Yet? by Dan Santat (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2016) 978-0316199995
  • I’ll Wait, Mr. Panda by Steve Antony (Scholastic Press, 2016) 978-1338028362
  • The Ninjabread Man by C. J. Leigh, pictures by Chris Gall (Orchard Books, 2016) 978-0545814300
  • Sampson in the Snow by Philip C. Stead (Roaring Brook Press, 2016) 978-1626721821
  • Waiting by Kevin Henkes (Greenwillow Books, 2015) 978-0062368430

For Grades 3-5:

  • Harry Potter and The Cursed Child (Parts One and Two) a new play by Jack Thorne, based on an original story by J. K. Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne (Arthur A. Levine Books, 2016) 978-1338099133
  • License to Thrill (The Genius Files #5) by Dan Gutman (HarperCollins, 2015) 978-0062236326
  • Pax by Sara Pennypacker, illustrated by Jon Klassen (Blazer + Bray, 2016) 978-0062377012
  • Wild Robot by Peter Brown (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2016) 978-0316381994
  • Some Kind of Courage by Dan Gemeinhart (Scholastic Press, 2016) 978-0545665773

For Grades 6-8:

  • Children of Eden by Joey Graceffa (Atria/Keywords Press, 2016) 978-1501146558
  • Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt (Nancy Paulsen Books/Penguin, 2015) 978-0399162596
  • Ghost by Jason Reynolds (Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books, 2016) 978-1481450157
  • The Other Boy by M. G. Hennessey (HarperCollins, 2016) 978-0062427663
  • Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk (Dutton Books for Young Readers, 2016) 978-1101994825

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

  • Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon (Delacorte Press, 2016) 978-0553496642
  • Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis (Katherine Tegen Books, 2016) 978-0062320896
  • The Great American Whatever by Tim Federle (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2016) 978-1481404099
  • The Heir (The Selection bk. 4) by Keira Cass (HarperTeen, 2015) 978-0062349859
  • Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard (HarperTeen, 2015) 978-0062310637