The Dorothy Canfield Fisher Book Award was created to honor excellence in children's literature. Each year since 1957, Vermont students in grades four through eight have selected their favorite book from a list of 30 nominees. It is recommended that students read at least five of the year's nominated titles before voting.
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Publisher Submission Guidelines
Books to be considered by the DCF Committee are submitted by publishers. Four copies of each title, which will be circulated to committee members, should be sent to:
Dorothy Canfield Fisher Book Award Committee
c/o Vermont Department of Libraries
109 State Street
Montpelier, VT 05609
Books published in the current calendar year may be sent at any time during the year. However, sending books as soon as feasible makes it possible to give all books more careful consideration.
Publishers are invited to submit books that meet the following criteria:
- The book must have been published in the current calendar year. Reprints and compilations previously copyrighted are not eligible.
- The book must have been written by a living author who is a citizen or resident of the United States or Canada. Co-authors may be included.
- The book must be original or, if traditional in origin, the result of individual research. The retelling and reinterpretation must be the writer's own.
- All forms of writing are eligible for consideration – fiction, non-fiction, short stories, and poetry. Poetry, anthologies and short stories must be by a single author and not previously copyrighted.
- Books written by a previous recipient of the DCF Award may be considered at the discretion of the committee.
- Books should have children as their intended audience and be appropriate for children in grades four through eight.
The 2015-16 DCF Award Committee is:
- Meg Allison, U-32 Middle/High School (Montpelier)
- Caitlin Corless, Essex Free Library
- Toni Cross, Goodrich Memorial Library (Newport)
- Jane Knight, Bear Pond Books (Montpelier)
- Carole Oglesby, Swanton Elementary School
- Shannon Thompson, Chester-Andover Elementary School
- Hannah Peacock, Burnham Memorial Library (Colchester), Chair