About Kids’ Choice

What is Kids’ Choice?
The Kids’ Choice Award was launched in the fall of 2001, to increase cooperation between public and school libraries and to encourage children in grades 4, 5 and 6 to read. Librarians from public libraries and school library media centers seek input from students and choose fifteen titles. The Bridges Library System provides printed posters to participating public libraries and schools. Libraries and schools vote online. Online voting will become available online February 15 and close March 12, 2021.

What books are on the 2020-21 Kids’ Choice list?
You can find the full list of books on our website or download this year’s poster and bookmark. Check out our custom book list on TeachingBooks.net which features the 15 titles for 2020-21.

How do I request a book from the Kids’ Choice list?
Place a hold on any Kids’ Choice title and pick up at any Jefferson or Waukesha County public library location or via www.cafelibraries.org! Book descriptions can be found in the online catalog by clicking on the book title and then “Details.” You can also check your elementary school library for these titles.

What level reading are the books?
The committee analyzes the list of nominated titles and selects titles that will meet a wide range of readers.

How do I vote for my favorite book(s)?
Kids who read 3 or more of the books can vote for their favorite starting mid-February and ending mid-March (Feb. 15-Mar. 12, 2021). Please note that specific voting dates may be determined by school/library partners. The winners, the books that Jefferson and Waukesha Counties’ Kids love to read (including the winner and 2 honorable mentions), will be announced on March 15.

Is there a list of previous winners?
Yes, you can download a list of previous winners and honorable mentions dating back to 2001-2002 (sorted by date on Kids’ Choice list, sorted alphabetically ).

How do I serve on the nominations committee?
A group of library and school professionals meet yearly in Spring. When we choose titles, we use the books that have been nominated by students and we pick 15 titles that are suitable for kids in grades 4 to 6. If you are a public librarian In Jefferson or Waukesha County, please contact Angela Meyers at Bridges Library System. If you are school staff, please contact your local public library about opportunities to partner on the Kids’ Choice program, including serving on the nominations committee.

Who do I contact for more information?
For printed materials, contact Angela Meyers, Bridges Library System, at 262-896-8245 or ameyers@bridgeslibrarysystem.org. For program details and how to get your school involved in Kids’ Choice, contact your local librarian. Find your local library listing.