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! 

2019 DSBA Nominees






2018 DSBA

 FIRST PLACE!

 TIED FOR SECOND PLACE:

 AND TIED FOR THIRD PLACE:

 
 
 

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


2017 DSBA Winners

1st PLACE:


The War That Saved My Life

by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley




2nd PLACE:

Booked

by Kwame Alexander





 3rd PLACE:

 

Upside Down Magic

by Sarah Mlynowski, Lauren Myracle,

& Emily Jenkins




DSBA Directions

Read:

  • 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.  


Rate:  

  • 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 classrooms and in the library.  

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


Vote:  

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



FAQ’s

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 the pink bookmark you received when your class came through for a preview.

How do I rate a book?

After you finish reading a book, rate it. Your teacher has supplies and directions in the classroom. Review stickers will then be posted on the bulletin boards outside the library. The book only counts toward your reading goal if you read the enitre 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.