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Red Clover Book Award

The Red Clover Book Award is designed for children in kindergarten through fourth grade. Each year thousands of Vermont school children read the 10 nominated picture books and vote for their favorite in the spring. The award has been handed out annually since 1997.

Register Now for the Vermont Youth Book Awards Conference, Thursday, September 28, 2023

Register now for the Vermont Youth Book Awards virtual conference taking place on Thursday, September 28, 2023, from 9:00am-5:00pm! The day-long conference features three sessions, one for each book award: Red CloverVermont Golden Dome, and Green Mountain. Each session is 2-hours long with an hour break between. Authors kick off each session providing inspiration and insight into their winning/nominated books. Book award committee members lead exploration into the award nomination list, highlighting innovative and fun ways to promote and engage book award participation in schools and libraries. Full conference agenda, including keynote presenters coming soon!


Red Clover Book Award Committee Website

Find this year's nominees with links to book details, teaching resources, and related STEAM activities.

2023-2024 Award Year Information and Materials

2022-2023 Award Year Information and Materials

Covers of each book that won the 2022-2023 Vermont Youth Book Awards VTLIB logo

Video Message From 2022-2023 Red Clover Book Award Winner Mark Pett

Past Nominees and Winners

Publisher Submission Guidelines

Books to be considered by the Red Clover Book Award Committee are submitted by publishers. At least one copy of each title, which will be circulated to committee members, should be sent to:

Red Clover Book Award Committee

c/o Vermont Department of Libraries

60 Washington St., Suite 2

Barre, VT 05641

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.
  • 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.
  • Books written by a previous recipient of The Red Clover 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 Kindergarten through 4th grade.

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