The 2010 William Allen White Children’s Book Award winners have been announced for both the 3rd through 5th grade and 6th through 8th grade categories – and they’ve gone to the dogs.
Some 40,000 third through eighth graders participated in naming How to Steal a Dog as the winning book in the 3rd-5th grade category, and Cracker! The Best Dog in Vietnam as the winning book in the 6th-8th grade category.
How to Steal a Dog, by Barbara O’Conner is “the sympathetic story of a young girl attempting to improve her family’s financial situation. Georgina persuades her younger brother to help her in an elaborate scheme to get money by stealing a dog and then claiming the reward the owners are bound to offer.”
Cynthia Kadohata’s Cracker! The Best Dog in Vietnam is the “story of a how a young soldier in Vietnam bonds with his bomb-sniffing dog.”
The William Allen White Award, to be presented at Emporia State University this coming October , is the nation’s first and oldest statewide reader’s choice award, founded in 1952.
To see the entire list of nominated books for the current year, see the Master List of Books 2010-2011.