The Black-Eyed Susan book award is a people choice award for recognizing authors and illustrators by the state of Maryland.
Each year a committee of school and public librarians, and other interested members of the Maryland Association of School Librarians (MASL), meet to determine which books will be nominated for the Black-Eyed Susan Book Award. There are six different lists: 1) Picture Books, 2) Grades 4-6, 3) Grades 6-9, 4) High School, 5) Graphic Novels for students grades 4-6 and 6) Graphic Novels for students grades 6-9.
The nominated books are expected to be outstanding books that broaden the human experience and provide students with new insights into their own lives. To make it on the list of nominees the books must be;
Books may be fiction or nonfiction.
Books must have a copyright date of the current year or one of the preceding three years and be readily available.
Each title selected will have received positive reviews from appropriate professional journals.
Books must have been read, discussed, and voted upon by the Black-Eyed Susan reading committee.
The CHS Black-Eyed Susan Book club will read and discuss the nominees for high school. Follow the “Guidelines for School Participation” CHS student book club members will cast one vote for the book considered to be the most outstanding book on the high school list. All votes from schools across the state of Maryland are submitted to the Black-Eyed Susan Book Award committee to be tallied in order to determine the winner. The winning author will receive an award engraved with the book title, the year, and the Black-Eyed Susan Book Award logo. Authors, illustrators, and publishers recognize the Maryland Black-Eyed Susan Book Award as an honor bestowed by Maryland student readers. `http://maslmd.org/about-bes/