The 2016 Oregon Book Awards ceremony takes place April 11 at the Gerding Theater. Join us! You can purchase tickets to the ceremony at Brown Paper Tickets. You can also cast your vote online for the 2016 Readers Choice Award. This years winners of the Oregon Book Award, including the Readers Choice Award, will be announced at the ceremony.  We’ll be featuring this year’s finalists each week until then.

The 2016 finalists for the Eloise Jarvis McGraw Award for Children’s Literature are:

Rufus Goes to Sea Rufus Goes to Sea (Sterling Publishing) by Kim Griswell
In Rufus Goes to Sea, Rufus beats the summer doldrums by joining a pirate crew! After being denied cleaning and cooking positions, Rufus hits on what Captain Wibblyshins truly needs: a literate pirate who can read the pirates’ treasure map, teach them their letters, and help them enjoy their ultimate treasure: a chest of books.

Absolutely Truly
Absolutely Truly: A Pumpkin Falls Mystery (Simon & Schuster) by Heather Vogel Frederick
When her family moves to teeny Pumpkin Falls, New Hampshire, the last thing Truly Lovejoy is expecting is to become a middle school private eye. But while helping out at the family bookstore one day, she finds a mysterious letter inside an old copy of Charlotte’s Web, and soon she and her new friends are swept up in a madcap treasure hunt around town.

With a Friend by Your SideWith a Friend by Your Side (National Geographic Society) by Barbara Kerley
With a Friend by Your Side celebrates the importance of friendship and encourages kids to reach out and make new friends.

T is for Time
T is For Time (Sleeping Bear Press) by Marie and Roland Smith
T is for Time uses poetry and expository text to explore the concept of time, from explaining basic units of measurement to showcasing important scientific achievements.

 

2016 Oregon Book Awards finalists: Children’s Literature