Makes Three State Reading Lists for 2016.
These state reading lists create backlist sales opportunities for independent bookstores. The four state reading lists are:
- Abraham Lincoln High School Book Award in Illinois.
- Eliot Rosewater Indiana High School Book Award.
- Virginia Reader’s Choice Award.
What State Reading Lists Are and How to Make Money from Them
State reading lists are literacy programs disguised as competitions. Their goal is to create excitement and turn kids into lifelong readers. A committee of librarians and teachers chooses a master list of ten to twenty books in a specific age range that were published in the previous two years. The committees try to select books that will appeal to a broad range of interests. Students then read books on the list over the course of a year and vote for their favorite book at the end of the year. To be eligible to cast a vote, students need to have read a certain number of books from that year’s master list.
can capitalize on this interest by:
- Creating master list table displays
- Conducting reading groups
- Holding mock voting events
Highlighting the availability of books on the state reading lists matches students’ awareness of the
books to create sales. And always remember: ADULTS LIKE YOUNG ADULT BOOKS TOO!
For more information, contact John Byrd