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And the Nominees Are… Buckeye Children’s Book Awards

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Looking for book title recommendations? Why not read books nominated by students like you! The Buckeye Children’s & Teen Book Awards are the state’s only awards for book titles that are nominated and voted on by students across the state. Voting for this year will be from September 1 through November 10.

Teachers and librarians are the only adults that can submit nominations, since they tend to represent a group of students. The BCTBA has winners dating back to 1982! In face, you can nominate now for 2022! Follow this link to nominate your choice that was published in either 2020 or 2021:

The 2021 nominees are…

For Grades K-2      

For Grades 3-5 

For Grades 6-8 

Teens Grades 9-12


Jenni Hemphill is the current Assistant Supervisor for the Boardman, Springfield, and Greenford locations. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Deaf Education (K-12) in 2001 and a Master’s of Library and Information Science plus K-12 degree in 2015, both from Kent State University. She taught at the Ohio School for the Deaf for ten years, where she taught all ages, and has been a contract interpreter for the deaf locally.

She started at PLYMC back in 2014 and loves helping patrons, of any age, find their next best read, and going out into the community to schools for off-site programming. She currently runs the ASL Club Program for PLYMC.

Her and her husband have two children, who attend Springfield Local Schools. She loves to read, spend time with family, and trying new things.