Iowa Teen Award (6th-9th)
Purpose of the Iowa Teen Award
To encourage to read more and better books
To provide an avenue for positive dialogue between teachers, parents, and students about books and authors
To give recognition to those who write books for 6th - 9th grades.
To provide students an opportunity to choose a book to receive the award
To offer an avenue for students to suggest books for the yearly reading list
The Iowa Teen Award is unique in that it gives students an opportunity to choose the book to receive the award and to suggest books for the yearly reading list.
2020-2021 Iowa Teen Award Books
Deadline for Voting: Extended to Fall 2020
Nature of award: Engraved plaque
Frequency and/or number of awards given: 1 each year
Funding from sale of posters, bookmarks and label supplies for award books.
Voting Process for Selecting Winner
Students should read at least two titles to be eligible to vote. It is acceptable for students to read these themselves or have heard them read aloud.
Students may vote for only one title and may not vote for any title they have not read or heard read.
Voting will be conducted on ballots produced by each attendance center. Each participating school will send the results by web ballot unless another method is designated by the Iowa Teen Award chair. There will be a voting template available created by the ITA chair for those attendance centers who wish to use them. Students can then suggest titles for upcoming ITA reading lists at this same time.
Process for notification
Notification is sent immediately after winner is announced. Winner is contacted through publisher or agent, or through personal contact. ITA chair notifies winner.
Requirements of winners, if any, with details as to compliance follow-up procedures
None, although if thank you letters are received from winners, they are included on the IASL website.
Iowa Teen Award Selection and Nomination Criteria
Eligible works must be published for young adults within two years of the the list year. (If a list will be released in 2021, then books will be copyright year 19& 20)
Works may be fiction or nonfiction and should represent a wide range of subjects and reading levels.
Fifteen works from fifteen different authors will be selected.
A variety of genres will be selected to as a great an extent as is practical.
Works selected will appeal to readers of any gender and to the range of readers in grades 6-9.
Works must have at least one positive review from a major library reviewing periodical.
Works NOT considered for inclusion on the list include:
Works in a series
Novelizations of movies or TV programs
Newbery Winners (although Honor Books are eligible)
Books which have appeared on previous Iowa Teen Award lists
Process for Nominations
In March, teens across Iowa take part in nomination of books for the Iowa Teen Award. Votes and nominees for the next year's list are due by March 30th.
These books are then reviewed by the ITA committee and volunteer readers until the list is narrowed.
During the summer, the adult readers read and rate the titles. The summer read list is issued by the end of May.
Ratings of summer reading list are due by the beginning of September of each school year.
The committee members finalize the list and provide it prior to the end of the school year prior to the competition. For example, the 2019-20 nominee list will be made available prior to the end of the 2018-2019 school year.
Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch
Sarah Darer Littman