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Towner Selection

Books to be considered must: 
  • Be of interest to students in grades two through six
  • Be published in the year two years before the date of the award (for example, books considered for the 2014 award needed to be published in 2012)
  • Be informational in nature; books consisting of folktales, jokes, riddles, & etc. will not be considered
  • Books of poetry or song lyrics will be considered only if the verse serves to convey informational content.

In addition:

  • We will accept books from authors of any nationality
  • In the case of books first published in another country, eligibility will be determined by the US Publication date
  • We will not consider books that are out of print
  • We will not consider price when choosing books
  • Being part of a series will not disqualify a book from consideration
  • Books with invented dialogue or other fictionalized elements will be considered on a case-by-case basis
  • We will accept nominations from all sources and especially celebrate those coming from students.