Van Wert Elementary School students vote on their favorite books from a list of nominees to bring awareness to the voting process. (Photo submitted)
Van Wert Elementary School students vote on their favorite books from a list of nominees to bring awareness to the voting process. (Photo submitted)

VAN WERT – This week all Van Wert Elementary School students will be voting on books to bring awareness to the importance of the election process.

For the past month, students in grades first through fifth have been introduced to the 5 Buckeye Book Award nominees in each of two categories: Grades K-2 and Grades 3-5. During library this week, students will review the five nominees and vote on the one book in their category that they feel should win the Buckeye Book Award. Students across the state have had the opportunity to vote from Sept. 1 to Nov. 10.

The 2017 nominees for Grades K-2 are "Are We There Yet?" by Dan Santat, "I’ll Wait, Mr. Panda" by Steve Antony, "The Ninjabread Man" by C. J. Leigh, pictures by Chris Gall, "Sampson in the Snow" by Philip C. Stead, and "Waiting" by Kevin Henkes.

The 2017 nominees for Grades 3-5 are "Harry Potter and The Cursed Child (Parts One and Two)" a new play by Jack Thorne, based on an original story by J. K. Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne, "License to Thrill (The Genius Files #5)" by Dan Gutman, "Pax" by Sara Pennypacker, illustrated by Jon Klassen, "Wild Robot" by Peter Brown, and "Some Kind of Courage" by Dan Gemeinhart.

This year Van Wert was able to get three copies of each of the five Grades 3-5 nominees for the school library through a grant provided by Perma-Bound, which allowed for more students to be able to have access to the nominees.

For more information on the Buckeye Book Award visit their website at: http://bcbookaward.info/about-us/