Volume 28, Number 1, Spring 2006

Vermont Governor Kicks Off Teen Book Award

Reprinted with permission from the Vermont Department of Libraries News, October 2005

Governor James H. Douglas and popular young adult author M. T. Anderson launched Vermont’s brand-new high school reading award, the Green Mountain Book Award, on October 15, 2005. Designed to get teens reading for fun, this award features 15 books for students in grades 9 through 12 to read through the school year and vote on a favorite in the spring. Schools and public libraries statewide are participating in the program, offering special displays and reading and discussion programs on individual titles.

A staunch proponent of reading and libraries, Governor Douglas autographed books following his talk.

The Green Mountain Book Award is the joint brainstorm of state librarian Sybil McShane and Marsha Middleton, librarian at North Country Union High School in Newport. Dismayed by the low statistics of pleasure reading among high school students, both librarians realized a need for more initiatives to encourage reading for fun and decided to create an award similar to the Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award, a reading program for students in grades 4 through 8.

For more information and a full list of books, visit the Department of Libraries Web site.