The Armadillo Readers’ Choice Award is a program for K-2 students in Round Rock ISD. Each year, ten outstanding picture books are nominated by librarians in the district, with special attention to diversity, variety of literature, appealing high-interest subject matter, and curricular areas in building the book list.

The committee of librarians writes accompanying TEKS-based, technology-rich, engaging lesson ideas in a variety of subject areas each year as a foundation for our K-2 library curriculum. Since it’s inception in 2004, the Armadillo program has been a valuable resource for Round Rock ISD librarians in collaborating with teachers to implement high-quality, cross-curricular lessons in the library.

Each Spring, K-2 students vote for their favorite Armadillo book. Votes are tallied across the district and the winning author is presented with the Armadillo Readers' Choice Award! Approximately 10,000 K-2 students participate in the Armadillo program each year.

Round Rock ISD is located in central Texas and includes the City of Round Rock, portions of the Cities of Austin and Cedar Park. Roughly 47,500 students attend the district’s five high schools, eleven middle schools, 34 elementary schools, and two alternative learning centers.


2017-18 Armadillo Readers' Choice Program Lessons

Apples and Robins by Lucie Félix (activity link 1) (link 2)

A Bike Like Sergio’s by Maribeth Boelts, illustrated by Noah Z. Jones (activity link 1)

It Came in the Mail by Ben Clanton (activity link 1)

Maybe Something Beautiful: How Art Transformed a Neighborhood by F. Isabel Campoy & Theresa Howell, illustrated by Rafael López

My Awesome Summer by P. Mantis by Paul Meisel

The Rooster Who Would Not Be Quiet! by Carmen Agra Deedy, illustrated by Eugene Yelchin (activity link 1)

They All Saw a Cat by Brendan Wenzel

Wanted! Ralfy Rabbit, Book Burglar by Emily MacKenzie

The William Hoy Story by Nancy Churnin, illustrated by Jez Tuya

You Don’t Want a Unicorn! by Ame Dyckman; illustrated by Liz Climo