2017 Louisiana Young Readers Choice - Elementary

The Louisiana Young Readers' Choice program was founded in 1999 with the first award given in 2000. Participation in this program has climbed from 5,485 votes the first year to over 29,000 students participating in 2009. The purpose of the program is to foster a love of reading in the children of Louisiana by motivating them to participate in the recognition of outstanding books. Now entering its 16th year, the program continues to encourage Louisiana’s youth to read for pleasure.

Check out the elementary school nominations for 2017:

Almost Super by Marion Jensen

Everyone in the Bailey family is a superhero; it is in their genes. The exciting day has finally come for Rafter and Benny to earn their amazing super powers! When the powers are bestowed, however, they turn out to be not-so-super. How are Rafter and Benny supposed to help their family fight the supervillain Johnson family with useless powers?

251 pages  /  AR Book Level: 4.2  /  AR Points: 7.0

The Blossoming Universe of Violet Diamond by Brenda Woods

Violet is like most of her friends: smart and funny, but her biracial heritage sets her apart at her mostly white school. People who don’t know her ask if she’s adopted, which makes her outspoken and now curious about her family. Though her deceased father’s family has never sought her out, she sets out on a quest to meet them. Will they accept her?

222 pages  /  AR Book Level: 4.3  /  AR Points: 6.0

Eddie Red Undercover: Mystery on Museum Mile by Marcia Wells, illustrated by Marcos Calo

Edmund Xavier Lonnrot is an extraordinary sixth-grader with a photographic memory. When Edmund's ability to recall and sketch details is revealed after an encounter with the NYPD, he learns that his talent just might be what the detectives need to break a case. Given the codename "Eddie Red", Edmund attempts to help the NYPD catch the Picasso Gang and solve the art mysteries of the Museum Mile. 

248 pages  /  AR Book Level: 4.9  /  AR Points: 6.0

I Survived True Stories: Five Epic Disasters by Lauren Tarshis

The Children’s Blizzard of 1888, the Titanic’s voyage in 1912, The Great Boston Molasses Flood of 1919, the 2011 Japanese tsunami, and the Henryville tornado in 2012 – all were disasters on an epic scale. This work of nonfiction features not only these intense events but also the experiences of real kids who lived through them.

143 pages  /  AR Book Level: 6.3  /  AR Points: 2.0

Ivan: The Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla by Katherine Applegate, illus. G. Brian Karas

Katherine Applegate tells the story of Ivan, a baby gorilla who is captured by poachers and sold to the owners of a mall in Tacoma, Washington. He is raised like a human child until he is too big and then lives in a cage in the mall for 27 years. After public opinion persuades the owner to free Ivan, he spends his final years at Zoo Atlanta, where he shares a natural habitat with other gorillas.

40 pages  /  AR Book Level: 3.7  /  AR Points: 0.5

Kung Pow Chicken: Let’s Get Cracking by Cyndi Marko

After an incident in his Uncle Quack’s laboratory, second grader Gordon Blue becomes a superhero and goes by the name Kung Pow Chicken. When evil Granny Goosebumps causes havoc at the Fowl Festival, Gordon must use his superpowers to save the day in this hilarious and heavily illustrated story.

72 pages  /  AR Book Level: 3.0  /  AR Points: 0.5

Lend a Hand: Poems About Giving by John Frank, illustrated by London Ladd

Lend A Hand is a collection of poems celebrating young people who give of themselves through acts of kindness. From donating hair to provide a wig for a chemo patient to raising a puppy to assist a blind or deaf person, they are making a difference in the lives of others.

32 pages  /  AR Book Level: 4.4  /  AR Points: 0.5

Lindbergh: The Tale of a Flying Mouse by Torben Kuhlmann, illustrated by Suzanne Levesque

How can one small mouse escape a new and terrifying invention, the mousetrap, and get from Europe to America? Why, he must learn to fly! In this beautifully illustrated book inspired by Charles Lindbergh’s solo transatlantic flight, the lone mouse left in London does just that.

96 pages  /  AR Book Level: 4.6  /  AR Points: 0.5

Little Melba and Her Big Trombone by Katheryn Russell-Brown, illus. Frank Morrison

Young Melba Liston, born in the 1920s, loved music: blues, jazz, and gospel. She talked and breathed the beats, lyrics, and tunes. When she was seven years old she began playing trombone, and from there she became one of the most famous trombone players of all time, known around the world. 

40 pages  /  AR Book Level: 4.7  /  AR Points: 0.5

Mr. Ferris and His Wheel by Kathryn Gibbs Davis, illustrator Gilbert Ford

A challenge is delivered to American engineers: who can create a monument for the upcoming 1893 Chicago World’s Fair that will outshine the Eiffel Tower? It takes a creative engineer with a dream to build the sensational structure that amazes and inspires people from around the world. This is the true story of how the first Ferris Wheel was created.

40 pages  /  AR Book Level: 5.1  /  AR Points: 0.5

The Noisy Paint Box: The Colors and Sounds of Kandinsky’s Abstract Art by Barb Rosenstock, illustrated by Marie GrandPré

When he opens his paint box, a young boy is captivated not only by the look of the paints’ colors but by their sounds, an experience he soon learns is unique. Synesthesia shapes Vasya Kandinsky’s artistic style and eventually leads him to follow his heart and share his love of abstract art with the world.

40 pages  /  AR Book Level: 4.4  /  AR Points: 0.5

Odd, Weird & Little by Patrick Jennings

Toulouse Hulot is the new kid at Woodrow’s school, but his newness doesn’t draw attention as much as his unusual wardrobe, looks, and vocabulary. Nonetheless, he and Woodrow become fast friends in this story of humor and acceptance, and they eventually stand up to the bullies who target them.

149 pages  /  AR Book Level: 3.3  /  AR Points: 3.0