Vermont's Child-Selected Book Awards

Red Clover Award
The Red Clover Award promotes the reading and discussion of the best of contemporary picture books in Vermont's elementary schools. Each year over 25,000 K-4 students read, or have read to them, the ten nominated books.
An educator resource guide contains program guidelines and activities. Many activities in the guide are based on the Vermont Framework of Standards and provide dynamic and thoughtful learning experiences for children. To buy a guide, and for more information on the Red Clover Award, go to Red Clover Award is co-sponsored by Mother Goose Programs, Windham County Reads and the Vermont Departments of Education and Libraries.
Dorothy Canfield Fisher Book Award
Children in grades 4-8 are invited to participate in the Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award, the second oldest child-selected award in the country. Each spring a committee of eight selects 30 books to comprise the DCF Master List. After reading at least 5 books from the list, students then vote for their favorite titles the following spring. The winning author is invited to the DCF Ceremony to speak to children about writing and his/her books. There is also a conference in the spring for teachers and librarians to introduce them to the new list, and to present innovative and effective ways of getting students engaged with reading.
Each year the Department of Libraries offers a pdf document of bookmarks with the current DCF list, posters, spine labels, and “winner” stickers available at no cost for school and public libraries. To request these, contact Aidan Sammis at or call (802) 828-2721. In addition, VTLIB has several complete sets of the books available for borrowing via Interlibrary Loan and discussion sets of 15 copies for all the books currently available in paperback. Please contact the Interlibrary Loan office at to borrow the DCF sets. For more information on the Dorothy Canfield Fisher Book Award please visit:
Green Mountain Book Award
The Green Mountain Book Award is for students in grades 9-12. Books on the list include both young adult and adult titles, and most are available in paperback. Multiple copies of the books on the current list are available to borrow from VTLIB, and every year the Department of Libraries makes available bookmarks with the current GMBA list, posters, and spine labels at no cost for public and school libraries. To request books or materials, please email Aidan Sammis at or call (802) 828-2721. For more information on the Green Mountain Book Award, visit:
The Department of Libraries sends out the new master lists and voting information in the spring. Please contact Aidan Sammis at (802) 828-2721 / if you have any questions.