Driscoll Student Book Award

The Driscoll Student Book Award (DSBA) is a student choice book award program run through the Amy Neale 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 May. The book that receives the most votes will be the 2017 DSBA winner!

Click here to vote!

2017 DSBA Nominees
Click on a tile in the Symbaloo below to learn more about each of the 50 nominated books.  (Please note: the last four book tiles are in the Driscoll Library's Young Adult section, available for upper school students only.) 

Want a printable list of the books, or a list of nominees available as audiobooks?  See the PDFs at the bottom of this page.  

DSBA Directions


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

  • Work with your teacher to set a reading goal. 

  • Read 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 DSBA reading log and complete a mini-review using a color-coded post-it note.  Rating guides and post-its are available in classrooms.  

  • Post the review on the DSBA bulletin board outside the library. Get an “i read” sticker for each review you complete.


  • Did you reach your reading goal?  Then you get to vote in May 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. Audiobooks of some titles are available through the Driscoll Library. See the PDF at the bottom of this page for a complete list.

How do I rate a book?

After you finish reading a book, write a mini-book review on a color coded post-it. Your teacher has supplies and directions in the classroom. Reviews will then be posted on the bulletin boards outside the library. The book only counts toward your reading goal if you 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.  The annual PTO organized book fair provides funds that make this program possible.  And with thanks to the Maine Student Book Award Program for sharing their list of wonderful books, from which our 2017 Driscoll reading list was developed.

Anne Reid,
Nov 21, 2016, 9:10 AM
Anne Reid,
Oct 23, 2016, 8:49 AM