Magnolia Award Frequently Asked Questions

 

The Magnolia Award

What is the Magnolia Children's Choice Book Award?

The Magnolia Children's Choice Award is an award given annually to the book voted by the children of Mississippi as their favorite in four age categories.

 

What is the purpose of the Magnolia Children's Choice Book Award?

The purpose of the Magnolia Children's Choice Book Award is to introduce the children of Mississippi to current literature and to instill a love of reading.

 

 

How are selections for nominees for the Magnolia Children's Choice Book Award made?

Suggestions can be made by any adult, but the title must have positive reviews in at least two children's literature review journals (SLJ, Horn Book, CBBC, etc.). Titles must have been published within the past 3 years.  The final list from which the children read and select will have 10-12 titles for the K-2 age category, 8-10 titles for the 3-5 category, 6-8 titles for the 6-8 category, and 4-6 titles for the 9-12 category. 

 

How are the Magnolia Children's Choice Book Award recipients chosen?

Children who vote must have been exposed to at least half, and preferably all, of the nominated titles. Exposure includes reading independently, having the book read to them, or listening to an audio production of the book. Voting is coordinated through schools, libraries, and other appropriate venues as approved by the executive committee. Voting will take place electronically each February with the winning titles announced at the Fay B. Kaigler Children's Book Festival in April.

 

Who can participate in choosing the Magnolia Children's Choice Book Award?

Children in grades K-12 in Mississippi public, private, or homeschooled settings are eligible to vote.

 

When will the Magnolia Children's Choice Book Award be presented?

The winners will be recognized at the Fay B. Kaigler Children's Book Festival. 

 

For more information, please contact Stacy Creel or Venetia Oglesby.

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