Patricia Gallagher Award Process
1. Check out the set of six nominated books from your local council.
2. Students each vote for their one favorite title. Each student's vote is reported, as this is not a class vote. Voting takes place between Sept. 1st and April 30th.
3. Report your votes to Mickie French at firstname.lastname@example.org by May 1st. Please email the total votes for each title, the school and grade level(s) that voted.
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Congratulations, Mr. Mutt!
The votes are in! This year we received 7923 votes from children across the state for the Patricia Gallagher books.
The winner is Help Me, Mr. Mutt with 3242 votes!
Circus Ship received 1640 votes
Helen's Big World received 1590 votes
Pele received 1137 votes
If You Love Honey received 314 votes
2018-2019 Winner: Help Me, Mr. Mutt!
Written by Janet Stevens and Susan Stevens Crummel, Illustrated by Janet Stevens
The Circus Ship
Written by Chris Van Dusen
Helen’s Big World: The Life of Helen Keller
Written by Doreen Rappaport, Illustrated by Matt Tavares
Pele King of Soccer
Written by Monica Brown, Illustrated by Rudy Guiterrez
If You Love Honey
Written by Martha Sullivan, Illustrated by Kathy Morrison
What is the voting process?
1. Get the Books
2. Read the Books
3. Send in Votes
Who may vote? Oregon school children of all ages.
When to vote? Voting will occur between September 1st and April 30th. Votes must be reported by May 1st.
Where to vote? Voting can occur in any participating classroom, school or public library in the state of Oregon.
Questions? Contact Mickie French @ email@example.com
Learn more about the Patricia Gallagher Book Award
The award is a children's choice award!
Founded in 1997, it is named for Patricia Gallagher (photo at right), a retired Western Oregon professor of children’s literature, who is a former president of ORA (now OSLA). A member of the committee since the beginning, she has reluctantly retired from the committee. By awarding high quality children's literacy, and involving children in the process, the Oregon State Literacy Association (OSLA) fulfills our goal to promote literacy and a love of reading.
How are the books chosen?
A committee that may consist of OSLA leaders, school librarians, public librarians, teachers, and school administrators review and select the books. The books must be readily available in paperback, be no more than eight years old from the original copyright date (usually hardback), hold an innate appeal to children, and have quality text and illustrations. They should also qualify as good read-alouds.