The Dorothy Canfield Fisher Book Award was created to honor excellence in children's literature. Each year since 1957, Vermont students in grades four through eight have selected their favorite book from a list of 30 nominees. It is recommended that students read at least five of the year's nominated titles before voting. Voting takes place in the spring, generally beginning in April.
The winner of the 2017 Dorothy Canfield Fisher Book Award is The Terrible Two by Jory John and Mac Barnett!
2017 Dorothy Canfield Fisher Book Award Ceremony
Thursday, June 8, 2017 at 10:30am- Judd Hall, Vermont Technical College (Randolph Center)
To see a recording of Mac Barnett's presentation and Q&A, click here.
- Master List
- Checklist Brochure
- Nominee Bookmarks
- Spine Label Templates
- Powerpoint of 2017-2018 Nominees from VTLIB
- 2017-2018 Nominee Discussion Sets (email Jennifer to reserve)
- Dorothy at 60
Friday, May 5, 2017- Stoweflake Resort, Stowe, Vermont
- Conference Brochure
- "The B List" Handout
- "Beyond Book Reports" Google presentation
- "Dorothy's List Brainstorming Session" notes
- Rapid To-Dos
- Make Your Own Podcasts
- 2016 Award Ceremony - video of author Cece Bell's presentation
- Winners List, 1957-2017
- Winners Bookmark, 1976-2017
- Winners Poster (11x17), 2006-2017
- All Past Nominees
- Certificate for students who read all 30 books on the 2016-17 list
- Order spine labels with the new logo! Currently out of stock
- Book suggestion forms:
- Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award Blog
- Dorothy's List on Vermont Public Radio
- Friends of Dorothy Canfield Fisher
- About Dorothy Canfield Fisher
Dorothy Canfield Fisher Book Award Committee
Books published in the current calendar year may be sent at any time during the year. However, sending books as soon as feasible makes it possible to give all books more careful consideration.
Publishers are invited to submit books that meet the following criteria:
- The book must have been published in the current calendar year. Reprints and compilations previously copyrighted are not eligible.
- The book must have been written by a living author who is a citizen or resident of the United States or Canada. Co-authors may be included.
- The book must be original or, if traditional in origin, the result of individual research. The retelling and reinterpretation must be the writer's own.
- All forms of writing are eligible for consideration – fiction, non-fiction, short stories, and poetry. Poetry, anthologies and short stories must be by a single author and not previously copyrighted.
- Books written by a previous recipient of the Dorothy Canfield Fisher Book Award may be considered at the discretion of the committee.
- Books should have children as their intended audience and be appropriate for children in grades four through eight.
Questions may be addressed to Committee Chair Hannah Peacock.
The 2017-18 Dorothy Canfield Fisher Book Award Committee is:
- Annie Brabazon, Grand Isle School
- Melissa Curtis, Pawlet Public Library
- Charlie Farrell, Grand Isle School
- Sacha Krawczyk, Fletcher Memorial Library (Ludlow)
- Cass Mabbott, Youth Services Consultant at the Vermont Department of Libraries
- Carole Oglesby, Swanton Elementary School
- Rebecca Rupp (Swanton)
- Hannah Peacock, Burnham Memorial Library (Colchester), Chair
- Nicole Westbom, Kellogg-Hubbard Library (Montpelier)