VERMONT STUDENTS CHOOSE YOUTH BOOK AWARD WINNERS
(Barre, Vermont) – Each year thousands of Vermont kids pick their favorites for three student-choice
book awards, and the votes are now in. The Vermont Department of Libraries announced winners on
Thursday, May 11, 2023, of all three student-choice literary awards, the Red Clover Book Award,
Vermont Golden Dome Book Award, and Green Mountain Book Award.
In an unusual three-way tie, The Mary Shelley Club by Goldy Moldavsky, Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir, and Iron Widow by Xiran Jay Zhao won the 2022-2023 Green Mountain Book Award. Award commitee members created three-word descriptions for each book: “Secret Horror Society” for The Mary Shelley Club; “Humanity’s Last Chance” for Project Hail Mary; and “Vengeance Feminist Anime” for Iron Widow. Initiated in 2005, this reader's choice award, intended to encourage high schoolers to become enthusiastic and discriminating readers, is selected by Vermont students in grades 9 - 12. Students read the 15 nominated books and vote for their favorite. About the Vermont Youth Book Awards, State Librarian and Commissioner of Libraries Catherine Delneo said, ”These long-standing and beloved statewide awards promote a love of reading and allow young readers to explore diverse voices and experiences.” “We thank the commitee members who read relessly throughout the year to curate the booklists, and the teachers and librarians who support students in reading and voting,” said State Library Consultant for Youth Services Jonathan Clark, “We also want to thank Vermont youth, who are at the heart of these student-choice book awards. Each year they read the titles on the lists and vote for their favorite, which determines the winners. This year we had 18,075 students from across the state submit votes and make their voices heard!” This program is supported, in part, by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, a federal agency, through the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the Vermont Department of Libraries.