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Patricia Gallagher Children's Choice Picture Book Award

Learn about the Patricia Gallagher Book Award

Children vote for their favorite book

Founded in 1997, the award is named for Patricia Gallagher, a retired Western Oregon professor of children’s literature, who is a former president of ORA (now OSLA). 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 including 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.

Nominated Titles for 2024

What is the voting process?

1. Get the Books

Check out the set of five nominated books from your local council

Many councils have sets for you to borrow!

Click here for PG Book Award poster 

2. Read the Books

After reading or listening to the books, students vote for their one favorite title. Each student’s vote is reported, as this is not a class vote. 

Click here for student ballot 

3. Send in Votes

Report your votes On This Form by May 1st. Email the total number of votes for each title, as well as the school & grade levels that voted (or ages/library participating).

Contact Cara Miller with questions

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Previous Patricia Gallagher Award Nominees and Winners

Up-to-date Past PG Winners with pics