Patricia Gallagher Children’s Choice Book Award

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What is the ORA Patricia Gallagher Book Award? The award is a children’s choice award founded in 1997. It is named for Patricia Gallagher, a retired Western Oregon professor of children’s literature who is a former president of the Oregon Reading Association.

How are the five nominated books chosen? A committee of ORA leaders, school librarians, public librarians, teachers, and school administrators review and select the books. The books must be readily available in paperback, be no more than eight years old, hold an innate appeal to children, and have quality text and illustrations.

How can I get a set of the books? The Portland Reading Council has sets of the five nominated books to loan to members.  Please contact Penny for more information:

Download a poster of the nominated titles: PG-small-poster_o_16

Download a student ballot: pg_ballot3_16

Who may vote? Oregon school children of all ages. When to vote? Voting will occur between September 2015 and April 2016. Students vote for their ONE favorite book. Votes must be reported by May 1, 2016.

Send number of votes collected for each book directly to Karen Antikajian:

2015-16 Nominated Books:

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The Buffalo Storm
Written by Katherine Applegate, Illustrated by Jan Ormerod
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt   www.

Flight_Honey Bee_smFlight of the Honey Bee
Written by Raymond Huber, Illustrated by Brian Lovelock
Candlewick Press


Imogene’s Last Stand
Written by Candace Fleming, Illustrated by Nancy Carpenter
Random House


Martina: The Beautiful Cockroach
Written by Carmen Agra Deedy, Illustrated by Michael Austin
Peachtree Press


See What a Seal Can Do
Written by Chris Butterworth, Illustrated by Kate Nelms
Candlewick Press

A 122-page packet of ideas and activities that are aligned with the Common Core Standards for Language Arts is available for $12 to cover printing and mailing. A CD of packet pages (most in Word) plus bonus materials is available WITH packets for an additional $5. This allows you to modify some of the student pages. Questions or to order: email Karen:

Feedback from Teachers and Librarians: 

“Thank you for loaning out the Patricia Gallagher book set. The students at Beverly Cleary School truly enjoy evaluating and voting for the best book. What a great way to encourage the love of reading.” ~ Margie Lawler, Librarian, Beverly Cleary School

​”The book selections were excellent, and we all took advantage of the democratic process to cast our ballots.”  ~ Pamela Kennedy, Teacher, Lewis Elementary

“Having the Patricia Gallagher nominee books added some literature to my reading intervention groups. It was a great way to break up our routine. Our librarian read the books to the kids, k-4. They loved that only kids got to vote! After reading If I built a Car, 2nd graders wrote to the prompt ‘If I built a playhouse’ “. ~ Michelle Schardt, Bridger K-8 School

Classroom Projects Using the Books Sets

• Second Graders Chart Their Votes Using a Book Cover Ballot 

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• Kindergartners Vote for Their Favorite Books



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