The Grand Canyon Reader Award is a reader award program for students in Arizona.
Students vote annually on their favorite book in the following categories: Picture Books, Non-Fiction, Intermediate, Tween and Teen.
Girl Running: Bobbi Gibb and The Boston Marathon
by Annette Bay Pimentel
Published in 2018 by Nancy Paulsen Books
Because Bobbi Gibb is a girl, she's not allowed to run on her school's track team. But after school, no one can stop her--and she's free to run endless miles to her heart's content. She is told so yet again when she tries to enter the Boston Marathon in 1966, because the officials claim that it's a man's race and that women are just not capable of running such a long distance. So what does Bobbi do? She bravely sets out to prove the naysayers wrong and show the world just what a girl can do.
2020 Grand Canyon Reader Award - Non-Fiction
If Sharks Disappeared
by Lily Williams
Published in 2018 by Hachette Children's Group
A healthy ocean is home to many different kinds of animals. They can be big, like a whale, tiny, like a shrimp, and even scary, like a shark. Even though sharks can be scary, we need them to keep the oceans healthy. Unfortunately, due to overfishing, many shark species are in danger of extinction, and that can cause big problems in the oceans and even on land. What would happen if this continued and sharks disappeared completely?
2019 Grand Canyon Reader Award - Non-Fiction
Winnie: The True Story of the Bear Who Inspired Winnie-the-Pooh
by Sally M. Walker
Published in 2017 by Henry Holt and Company
When Harry Colebourn saw a baby bear at a train station, he knew he could care for it. Harry was a veterinarian. But he was a soldier in training during World War I.
2018 Grand Canyon Reader Award - Non-Fiction
A Little Book of Sloth
by Lucy Cooke
Published in 2013 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
Hang around just like a sloth and get to know the delightful residents of the Avarios Sloth Sanctuary in Costa Rica, the world's largest sloth orphanage. You'll fall in love with bad-boy Mateo, ooh and ahh over baby Biscuit, and want to wrap your arms around champion cuddle buddy Ubu!
2016 Grand Canyon Reader Award - Non-Fiction
The True Story of Ten Dogs
by Michaela Muntean
Published in 2012 by Scholastic Press
Traces the story of ten surrendered canines that were adopted and trained by renowned circus performer Luciano Anastasini, who helped them to develop their respective talents as proud and happy circus dogs.
2015 Grand Canyon Reader Award: Non-Fiction
2030: A Day in the Life of Tomorrow’s Kids
by Amy Zuckerman and James Daley
Published in 2009 by Dutton Childrens Books
Global events and new technology change how we live from moment to moment. So, what will our world be like in twenty years? Come take a look as futurists Amy Zuckerman and James Daly examine what a kid's daily life might be like in the year 2030.
2012 Grand Canyon Reader Award: NonFiction
Big Cats: Hunters of the Night
by Elaine Landau
Published in 2008 by Enslow Elementary
In the rainforest -- A look at big cats -- All about cats -- Night life -- Natural hunters -- Habitat -where the big cats live -- Staying alive -- Mating -- Raising young -- Big cats & humans -- In the future -- Fascinating facts about big cats.
2011 Grand Canyon Reader Award: Non-Fiction
Are You Quite Polite?: Silly Dilly Manners Songs
by Alan Katz
Published in 2006 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
Presents humorous lyrics to such familiar children's songs as "Pop Goes the Weasel," "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star," and "Hey Diddle Diddle."
2010 Grand Canyon Reader Award: Non-Fiction
Aliens Are Coming! The True Account of the 1938 War of the Worlds Radio Broadcast
by by Meghan McCarthy
Published in 2006 by Knopf
Recounts the night before Halloween in 1938 when Orson Welles narrated a radio version of H.G. Wells' "War of the Worlds" and the ensuing panic around the country when radio listeners believed that the country was being invaded by Martians.
2008 Grand Canyon Reader Award: Non-Fiction
Geogra-fleas!: Riddles All Over the Map
by Joan Holub ; illustrated by Regan Dunnick
Published in 2004 by Albert Whitman & Co.
Compiles jokes, rhymes, riddles, and facts in a book about world geography, covering continents, oceans, and state capitals.
2007 Grand Canyon Reader Award: NonFiction