Skip to Main Content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.

Antietam Academy LibGuide: Black-eyed Susan Program

Black-eyed Susan Program Description


What is the Black-Eyed Susan Book Award?

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.

Reading committees of school and public librarians, and other interested members of the Maryland Association of School Librarians (MASL), meet to determine which books will be nominated and placed on student reading lists. There are five different reading lists: Picture Books, books for students in Grades 4-6, books for students in Grades 6-9, graphic novels for students in Grades 4-6, and books for High School students. The nominated books are expected to be outstanding books that broaden the human experience and provide students with new insights into their own lives. Books may be suggested for consideration by students, teachers, parents, or other interested readers.

Following are some of the criteria which are used in determining the nominated books:

  • Books may be fiction or nonfiction.
  • Books must have a copyright date of the current year or one of the preceding three years and be readily available.
  • Each title selected will have received positive reviews from appropriate professional journals.
  • Books must have been read, discussed, and voted upon by the appropriate Black-Eyed Susan reading committee before being placed on the appropriate list.

Students who vote for the winning titles must have followed the “Guidelines for School Participation” before voting. Students may cast one vote for the book they consider to be the most outstanding book in each of the categories. All votes from schools across the state of Maryland are submitted to the Black-Eyed Susan Book Award committee to be tallied in order to determine the winners. The winning authors and/or illustrators receive an award engraved with the book title, the year, and the Black-Eyed Susan Book Award logo. Authors, illustrators, and publishers recognize the Maryland Black-Eyed Susan Book Award as an honor bestowed by Maryland student readers.

Grades 6-9 Nominees 2017-2018

2017-2018 Grades 6-9 Nominees

Auxier, Jonathan - Sophie Quire and the Last Storyguard

Bauer, Joan - Soar

Griffin, Paul - When Friendship Followed Me Home

Key, Watt - Terror at Bottle Creek

Nielsen, Jennifer - A Night Divided

Reynolds, Jason - Ghost

Smith, Roland - Beneath

Sonnenblick, Jordan - Falling Over Sideways

VandeVelde, Vivian - 23 Minutes

Wolk, Lauren - Wolf Hollow

Grades 4-6 Nominees 2017-2018

2017-2018 Grades 4-6 Nominees

Brown, Peter - The Wild Robot

Creech, Sharon - Moo

Fantaskey, Beth - Isabel Feeney, Star Reporter

Gibbs, Stuart - Space Case: A Moon Base Alpha Novel

Grimes, Nikki - Garvey's Choice

Hilton, Marilyn - Full Cicada Moon

Jones, Kelly - Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer

Pennypacker, Sara - Pax

Rhodes, Jewell Parker - Towers Falling

Weeks, Sarah - Save Me a Seat

Grades 6-9 Nominees 2017-2018

2017-2018 Grades 6-9 Graphic Novel Nominees


Cliff, Tony  - Delilah Dirk and the King's Shilling

Cloonan, Becky -  Gotham Academy: Welcome to Gotham Academy

Corona, Jorge - Feathers

Deacon, Alexis - Geis: A Matter of Life and Death

Gownley, Jimmy - The Dumbest Idea Ever!

Hicks, Faith Erin - The Nameless City: Volume 1

Larson, Hope - Four Points: Compass South

Phelan, Matt - Snow White

Prince, Liz - Tomboy

Takano, Ichigo - Orange: The Complete Collection, 1

Graphic Novels for Grades 4-6 Nominees 2017-2018

2017-2018 Grades 4-6 Graphic Novel Nominees

Colossal, Eric  - Rutabaga, the Adventure Chef 1

Flores, Madeleine - Help Us! Great Warrior

Hatke, Ben - Mighty Jack: Book One

Pittman, Eddie - Red's Planet

Reed, M. K. - Dinosaurs: Fossils and Feathers

Riess, Natalie - Space Battle Lunchtime: Lights, Camera, Snacktion

Reynolds, Aaron - Caveboy Dave: More Scrawny Than Brawny

Telgemeier, Raina - Ghosts

Weing, Drew - The Creepy Case Files of Margo Maloo

Winick, Judd - Hilo: Saving the Whole Wide World