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Vermont Youth Book Awards

Three literary awards are presented annually with the assistance of the Vermont Department of Libraries: the Red Clover Book Award, the Vermont Golden Dome Book Award, and the Green Mountain Book Award. Each year the amazing committee members for all three Vermont youth book awards take on the monumental task of reading all (or as close to it as possible) the books published in a single year for the targeted age group of their respective committees. This knowledgeable group of Vermont librarians and teachers work tirelessly to apply their literary expertise in selecting noteworthy diverse books for children and teens. Vermont youth read the books from these lists and cast their vote for their favorites, which determines the winners for each award.

Vermont Youth Book Award Winners Announced

Award logos and Covers of each book that won the 2023-2024 Vermont Youth Book Awards

Read the press release: Students Choose Winners of 2023-2024 Vermont Youth Book Award 


Vermont Youth Book Awards 

You will find a description and link to each book award page below. On each book award page you will find:

  • Award committee website links
  • Information about the award
  • Lists of nominees and winners
  • Handouts such as bookmarks and checklists
  • Additional resources

Red Clover Book Award logo Red Clover Book Award is Vermont’s children’s-choice picture book award created to honor excellence children’s literature. Vermont youth in grades K-4 read the 10 nominated books and vote for their favorite.

Golden Dome Book Award logoVermont Golden Dome Book Award is Vermont’s children’s-choice middle-grade book award created to honor excellence in children's literature. Vermont students in grades 4-8 read the 25 nominated books and vote for their favorite.

Green Mountain Book AwardGreen Mountain Book Award is Vermont’s teen-choice award created to honor excellence in young adult literature. Vermont students in grades 9-12 read the 15 nominated books and vote for their favorite.


Vermont Youth Book Awards Timeline

Selection & Announcement of Nominees for the Next Award/School Year

  • The announcement of nominees for all three book awards occurs around the last week of March/first week of April.

Voting & Announcement of Winner for Current Award/School Year

  • Voting for all three youth book awards opens around the end of March or April.
  • Voting for all three book awards remains open until the end of May.
  • The winners of all three book awards are announced by the first week of June.

Conferences & Related Materials

  • Conferences for the Red Clover Book Award, Vermont Golden Dome Book Award, and Green Mountain Book award  occur in the fall. A combined virtual conference for all three awards will be held in September or October each year.

2024 Timeline Summary

  • March/April, 2024: Announcement of 2024-2025 nominee list for all three awards
  • March/April, 2024: Voting opens for the 2023-2024 nominee list for all three awards
  • May 26, 2024: Voting closes for the 2023-2024 nominee list for all three awards
  • June 3, 2024: Winners for all three 2023-2024 book awards announced
  • October 3, 2024 (Tentative date): One-day Vermont Youth Book Award virtual conference, featuring Red Clover Book Award, Vermont Golden Dome Book Award, and Green Mountain Book Award author keynotes and committee presentations

Vermont Youth Book Awards Labels, Logos, & Style Guide

Order Vermont Youth Book Award Labels

VT Youth Book Award Logo Files & Style Guide


For more information about the Vermont Book Award, a collaborative effort between Vermont Humanities, the Vermont College of Fine Arts, and the Department to honor Vermont writers, please visit this page.

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