The Maryland Black-Eyed Susans are our Maryland state books. They are read and voted on by students only. The books are only a few years old and can not have been awarded a medal. The categories are picture books, Chapter books grades 4-6, 6-9 and high school and graphic novels grades 4-6 and 6-9. The books are always very good. I generally read the middle school books because I was in a middle school book club, but has since disbanded so I may try to read a few from each category.
I thought it would be really fun to create a poll here and see if our votes match up with the winner that is chosen in April. I'll give a brief description of the book and you can vote in the sidebar. I HIGHLY recommend that you take the time to read them. You can probably do it in one sitting.
It's going to be a long post so here we go!!
They All Saw A Cat
By Brendan Wenzel
They all saw a cat follows a cat throughout it's day and looks at everything that sees the cat and how the cat is seen.
Best Frints in the Whole Universe
By Antoinette Portis
Even best friends can get angry with other, but best friends always make up no matter what universe you live in.
By Debbie Levy
All about a little girl who thought outside the box and stereotype of what girls were supposed to grow up to be.
By Chris Barton
An inventor from the beginning and looking to find one solution paved the way to life-altering, much loved invention to last a lifetime.
Seven and a Half Tons of Steel
By Janet Nolan
The United States would never be the same again after planes few into the Twin Towers in New York City. After the site was cleared, seven and a half tons of steel was forged to make the bow of the USS New York.
Maybe Something Beautiful
By F. Isabel Campoy and Theresa Howell
Mira loved to make colorful pictures and hand them out until she met an artist who transformed her neighborhood, with the help of her neighbors, into something beautiful.
By Bob Raczka
A compilation of poems that combine words and pictures to make poems.
By Susan Hood
Out of the landfill that was their neighborhood, the vigilant children made their own instruments to lift them up to where music made everyone equal.
By Ryan T. Higgins
Looking for a gourmet meal, Bruce wound up being a Daddy!
Miss Mary Reporting
By Sue Macy
A daughter of a father of all girls who loved to watch sports and whose father taught them about what they were watching. It was only natural that Mary would follow her dreams and her passions through writing and sports.
By Beth Ferry
What to get a little boy who is a strident shark lover? A puppy. The two may not be that all that different.
Little Red and the Very Hungry Lion
By Alex T. Smith
How hungry is that lion? Hungry enough to have his hair done and wear dresses? Little Red sure does test a hungry lion's stomach!
By Caron Levis and Charles Santoso
Even when friends go away forever, you can still take comfort in the warmth of their memories.
The Bear and the Piano
by David Litchfield
After making it big in the city, the bear comes back to his humble roots and his friends in the forest.