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Teens! Vote for the Colorado Blue Spruce Book Award

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The Colorado Blue Spruce Young Adult Book Award recognizes the most popular books among middle and high school students in the State of Colorado. Teens nominate their favorite titles and vote on the winner - adults do not vote.

Click here to VOTE through Dec. 31, 2015!

The 2016 titles are:
The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau
Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer
Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare
The Tyrant's Daughter by J.C. Carleson
Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch
Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes
The Infinite Sea (5th Wave Book 2) by Rick Yancey
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand
The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski


Big Little Lies is NOT a young adult book

It is very disappointing that the library would sponsor this award, suggesting that Big Little Lies is appropriate for a middle and high school audience. I have read and enjoyed the book, but it is clearly not appropriate for the ages that are allowed to vote on this award. I should be able to trust a librarian to suggest appropriate books for my children, but apparently, that is not the case.

Colorado Blue Spruce Young Adult Book Award - Big Little Lies


I appreciate your concern about titles that you don't want your children to read. The Colorado Blue Spruce Young Adult Book Award is an independent book award -- teens nominate the books and teens vote on the books. To vote for a winner, teens have to read three of the titles.

This award is sponsored by: Colorado Council International Reading Association, Colorado Language Arts Society, Colorado State Library and Colorado Association of Libraries.

There are quite a few guidelines for teens to use when nominating a book. One of them is: "Need not have been written exclusively for a young adult audience." You can see the full guidelines here.

If you would like, I'd be happy to show you some of our great resources for finding books that fit your and your children's needs. Please fill out this form to contact me directly. If not, take a look at our Find a Good Book page on the teen site to get some ideas.

Thank you for your feedback!
Teen Services Coordinator