The Vermont Golden Dome Book Award (formerly the Dorothy Canfield Fisher Book Award) was created to honor excellence in children’s literature. Each year since 1957, Vermont students in grades four through eight have selected their favorite book from a list of 30 nominees carefully chosen from among hundreds of new books by a team of Vermont librarians and teachers. It is recommended that students read at least five of the year’s nominated titles before voting for their favorite. Voting takes place in the spring, generally beginning in April.
Every year we acquire each of the titles on the Golden Dome list, and these books are among the most circulated youth books in the library. The list is an excellent place to start if you are trying to help your middle-grade reader find something great to read. Encourage them to check out this year’s list and get cracking so that they can vote for their favorite. It won’t be long before a brand new list is before us.