Young readers choose best books for 2014

The 2014 Louisiana Readers’ Choice Award winners are in, with students throughout the state in grades nine through 12 selecting “Divergent” by Veronica Roth for this year’s Teen Readers’ Choice Award.

The State Library of Louisiana hosts the Louisiana Reader’s Choice Awards, a program that strives to foster a love of reading in young Louisiana readers.

“Ten Rules You Absolutely Must Not Break if You Want to Survive the School Bus” by John Grandits was the top choice among third through fifth graders, while “Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25” by Richard Paul Evans received the most votes among middle school students.

More than 20,000 students throughout the state voted for the 2014 Louisiana Young Readers’ Choice Award and Louisiana Teen Readers’ Choice Award. Some students cast their votes using voting machines supplied by the Secretary of State’s Voter Outreach Division.

“Children who read tend to achieve more in school and learn the value of literacy as a result,” State Librarian Rebecca Hamilton said. “The Louisiana Young Readers’ Choice program encourages reading by motivating students to participate in the recognition of outstanding books.”

Jeff Davis Parish Library Director Dr. Linda LeBert-Corbello said many students in Jeff Davis Parish voted on these books and continue to participate in the Louisiana Readers’ Choice Award.

For information about the program, previous winners, this year’s second place finishers or the list of books nominated for next year’s awards, visit

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