Voice of Youth Award
About the Voice of Youth Award
The Voice of Youth Award (VOYA) is a special school-year reading program offered by the Youth Services Department of Skokie Public Library. Students in grades 3 through 6 are encouraged to read books of high quality, carefully selected by our Youth Services librarians for reading and interest level. Multiple copies of the VOYA books are available in the Youth Services Department for check out.
Students who read at least three of the books (and hopefully more) will be invited to vote for their favorite book. Students can vote at Skokie Public Library and at their school library. The winning title will be announced, and the author of that book will be invited to visit Skokie Public Library during the following school year. Schools that participate in the VOYA program will be eligible for that author to visit their school.
Students in grades 6, 7, and 8 can read books from the 2014 Hot Summer Reads list, vote for their favorite book, and then meet the winning author the following year! And try our 2013 Hot Summer Reads list for more great books.
Announcing the 2012-2013 Voice of Youth Award Winners!
Our twelfth annual Voice of Youth Awards election took place during National Library Week in April 2013. Congratulations to the winning books and authors...
- 1st Place
Dunderheads by Paul Fleischman
- 2nd Place
I Survived the Sinking of the Titanic, 1912 by Lauren Tarshis
- 3rd Place
Melonhead by Katy Kelly
Thank you to all of the schools and students who participated in the VOYA vote!
Following are links to the titles and descriptions of books selected by our librarians for the VOYA program. Booklists are organized by school year and grade level. You can also browse the Library catalog to see which titles are available for checkout. An alphabetical Master List of all nominated titles from 2001 to the current school year is also available.
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Youth Services also has several copies of past Voice of Youth Award titles available in classroom sets for teacher checkout.