Librarians, teachers and parents are always looking for ways to encourage reading. Sometimes a bookworm is born, but for some children, it takes just the right book to ignite the spark to turn them into a life long reader.
Each year the Great Stone Face (GSF) Committee chooses 25 recently-published titles that represents the diverse reading abilities and interests of children in the fourth through the sixth grades for their recreational reading.
These titles are appealing to children and have well-developed plots, interesting characters, and good themes or concepts. The purpose of the award is “to encourage children to value the importance of recreational reading and to promote a life-long love of reading.”
Every April, during National Library Week, fourth, fifth and sixth grade students across the state of New Hampshire, have the chance to vote for the winner of The Great Stone Face Book Award from the list of 25 books chosen by the GSF Committee. In 2013, students cast 6,566 to determine the winner.
“Buddy” by M.H. Herlong
“Chained” by Lynne Kelly
“Child of the Mountains” by Marilyn Sue Shank
“Freaky Fast Frankie Joe” by Lutricia Clifton
“Ghost Knight” by Cornelia Funke
“Gods and Warriors” by Michelle Paver
“The Golden Door” by Emily Rodda
“Horten’s Miraculous Mechanisms” by Lissa Evans
“Liar and Spy” by Rebecca Stead
“Little Dog, Lost” by Marion Dane Bauer
“Malcolm at Midnight” by W.H. Beck
“One Dog and His Boy” by Eva Ibbotsen
“One for the Murphys” by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
“The Power of Poppy Pendle” by Natasha Lowe
“Prairie Evers” by Ellen Airgood
“The Prairie Thief” by Melissa Wiley
“Ship’s Cat Doris” by Jane Simmons
“Ungifted” by Gordon Korman
“The Vengekeep Prophecies” by Brian Farrey
“Wooden Bones” by Scott William Carter