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 2023
Overview of the award and the nominated books
from Project Lead Cara Miller
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!
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.
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).
Thinking of a good book to nominate for the 2024 award?
Originally published in the last 10 years
Good for reading aloud in K-5
Available in paperback from brick-and-mortar bookstores