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"The Black-Eyed Susan Book Award is a children’s choice award for the state of Maryland. Each year since 1992, the Black-Eyed Susan Book Award has been given to authors and/or illustrators of outstanding books chosen for the award by Maryland students. The award seeks to promote literacy and lifelong reading habits by encouraging students to read quality, contemporary literature."

From Maryland Association of Librarians

How to Participate

Important: This program is voluntary.

1) Read the books 

Picture Books

  • Students must read, or have read to them 8 of the 15 nominees

Grades 4-6

  • Students must read, or have read to them 3 of the nominees

Graphic Novels Grades 4-6

  • Students must read, or have read to them 3 of the nominees

2) Record the books you read by:

  • stopping by the media center and pick up a comment sheet. Each student will only need one sheet. Turn in the sheet to the media center when you have read the necessary amount of books. 


  • click on one of the links below to record (each student will need to complete the form for each book they read)

2018-2019 Winners

Picture Book

The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors

by Drew Daywalt

2019-2020 Nominees 

Nominee List


Grades 4-6 Presentation

Grades 4-6

Wish Tree

by Katherine Applegate


Picture Book Presentation

Graphing Novels Grades 4-6

The Witch Boy

by Molly Ostertag

*Images from Fields Road ES Destiny

Updated July 2020 by Joyce Raynor