Driscoll Student Book Award

The Driscoll Student Book Award (DSBA) is a student choice book award program run through the Library in collaboration with teachers. Students in grades 4-8 read and rate the nominated books over the year, then vote for their favorite in the spring. The book that receives the most votes will be the DSBA winner! 

2021 Driscoll Student Book Award - coming soon!

2020 DSBA Results - Thanks for Participating!

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DSBA Directions


  • Preview the books in the Library and on the Library website.

  • Work with your teacher to set a reading goal. 

  • Read, record, and evaluate the nominated books.  


  • This is the most important part! Read critically.  What genre is it?  Is it a good example of that genre?  What makes it good, or not good? It is better to read five books carefully and thoughtfully than to race through ten books.

  • When you finish a book, record it in your reading log and rate it.  Rating guides and stickers are available in the library.  

  • Post the review review sticker on the DSBA bulletin boards outside the library. Get a small prize from the library for each review you complete.


  • Did you reach your reading goal?  Then you get to vote in the spring for the one book you believe is the best nominee!


Where can I get the nominated books?

Books are available from the library at Driscoll.  Books are also available through the Brookline Public Library. It doesn't matter where the book comes from, just as long as you read and rate it.

How many books do I have to read to be able to vote?

Each student sets his or her own reading goal with the help of a teacher.

Does only reading print books on my own count as reading a nominee?

No, there are many ways to "read" a nominee! Reading it together at home with your family counts as reading. Listening to it as an audiobook counts as reading. Listening to it as a classroom read aloud counts as reading. The most important part is that you think critically about what you are reading and write a mini-book review.

What DSBA nominees are available as audiobooks?

Audiobooks of some titles are available through the Driscoll Library. Check with Ms. Reid for this year's list of audiobooks.

How do I rate a book?

After you finish reading a book, rate it by putting your name and class on a color coded sticker, available in the library. Post your sticker on the DSBA posters outside the library. The book only counts toward your reading goal if you read the entire book and rate it.

How long may a DSBA nominee be checked out?

Two weeks.  Supplies are limited, so please read and return so someone else can have a turn!

Thank you!

Thank you to the Driscoll PTO for supporting this program!  This program would not be possible without the generous support of the PTO.  And with thanks to the Maine Student Book Award Program for sharing their list of wonderful books, from which our 2019 Driscoll reading list was developed.

2019 DSBA 

 First Place!

 2nd Place

 Tied for third

2018 DSBA





  • To see a complete list of the 2018 nominees, click here.
  • To watch book trailers and reviews, click here.

2017 DSBA 

1st PLACE:

The War That Saved My Life

by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

2nd PLACE:


by Kwame Alexander

 3rd PLACE:


Upside Down Magic

by Sarah Mlynowski, Lauren Myracle,

& Emily Jenkins