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. A PDF copy of the poster and bookmark is available. Online voting will become available online January 30 and close February 10, 2023.

What books are on the 2022-2023 Kids’ Choice list?
2022-2023 Kids’ Choice List. Printed posters and bookmarks are available in limited quantities. Check with your public library! Digital copies of the materials are also available including a poster and bookmark.

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 Jan. 30-Feb. 10, 2023. 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 February 14.

Is there a list of previous winners?
Yes, you can download a list of previous winners and honorable mentions dating back to the 2001-2002 school year.

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 (see below). 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 general questions about the Kids’ Choice program, 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.