Patricia Gallagher Children's Choice Picture Book Award
Nominated Titles for 2020-2021
What is the voting process?
2. Read the Books
Learn more about the Patricia Gallagher Book Award
Children vote for their favorite book
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.