What’s your favorite Black-Eyed Susan book? Tell us about it!

Students encouraged to submit book reports for BCPS website

When the shelves at the library are stacked to the ceiling with books, the decision of which book to read can be difficult. Luckily, Baltimore County Public Schools has a few recommendations – and a fun activity to go along with the suggestions, too!

Before visiting the library this summer, students should check out http://maslmd.org/about-bes/past-winners/ for a list of past winners of the Maryland Black-Eyed Susan Book Award. From that list, students can select any book on their grade level about which to write a short report, explaining what they liked about the book and whether they would recommend it to others. Once complete with a student’s grade level and school, book reports can be sent to communications@bcps.org or to the BCPS Department of Communications and Community Outreach at 6901 Charles Street, Towson, MD 21204 for an opportunity to appear on the BCPS website.

Book reports submitted for publication are subject to editing for length.

The Black-Eyed Susan Book Award program is coordinated each year since 1992 by the Maryland Association of School Librarians (MASL). Each year interested MASL members help nominate books to be placed on reading lists for students at every grade level. Then students select the winning books. It’s a Maryland-based “children’s choice award” for literature.

The winning books for 2015-2016 are listed below. BCPS students are encouraged to read these as well as any past winners for their book reports.

  • Picture Book – The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt
  • Grades 4-6 – Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein
  • Graphic Novels Grades 4-6 – Astronaut Academy: Zero Gravity by Dave Roman
  • Grades 6-9 –On the Day I Died: Stories from the Grave by Candace Fleming
  • High School – Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell


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