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Cochecho Readers' Award


The Cochecho Readers' Award is sponsored by the Children's Librarians of Dover, New Hampshire.  The award is named after the Cochecho River which runs through the heart of Dover. This award will be given each year to an author whose book receives the most votes from third and fourth graders in Dover. We have chosen titles published within the last three years. The criteria for selection are quality of writing and child appeal. Children are required to read or listen to at least three of the titles on the list in order to vote in the spring.  The voting will take place in the school libraries. Ballots will be available at the Dover Public Library for home-schooled children and those attending private schools.

Past Award Winners/Printable Brochure

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Adventures of a South Pole Pig
by Chris Kurtz

"Flora the pig ditches the sedentary life on the farm for an adventure in Antarctica, where she escapes the knife and lives her dream of pulling a sled with a team of dogs"--Provided by the publisher.

Bowling Alley Bandit
by Laurie Keller

Arnie the talking doughnut is delighted to be Mr. Bing's new pet "doughnut-dog," so when Mr. Bing starts rolling gutter balls during a big bowling tournament, Arnie suspects foul play and sets out to solve the mystery.

Case of the Missing Dinosaur Egg
Martha Freeman

Seven-year-old Tessa and ten-year-old Cammie, daughters of the first female president, and their dog Hooligan, investigate when an ostrich egg is substituted for a rare dinosaur egg on loan from another country.

Chicken Squad: The First Misadventure
by Doreen Cronin

Dirt, Sweetie, Poppy and Sugar, the chicks of the Chicken Squad, must figure out what Tail the squirrel is so afraid of.

Dog Days
by Karen English

Gavin wants to make a good impression at Carver Elementary, where no one knows he excels at soccer and skateboarding, but an annoying big sister, a bully, and his great aunt's Pomeranian are not helping. .


Fortunately the Milk
by Neil Gaiman

While picking up milk for his children's cereal, a father is abducted by aliens and finds himself on a wild adventure through time and space.

Gone Fishing
by Tamera Will Wissinger

In this novel told through poems, nine-year-old Sam loves fishing with his dad, so when his pesky little sister horns in on their fishing trip, he is none too pleased.

Half a Chance
by Cynthia Lord

Lucy, with her mother and her photographer father, has just moved to a small rural community in New Hampshire, and with her new friend Nate she plans to spend the summer taking photos for a contest, but pictures sometimes reveal more than people are willing to see.

He has Shot the President: April 14, 1865 : the day John Wilkes Booth killed President Lincoln
by Don Brown

The assassination of President Abraham Lincoln, from Booth's triple assassination plot and the murder to his escape and the manhunt that followed is chronicled with straightforward storytelling and vibrant pictures. Includes bibliographical references.

Last-but-not-Least Lola: Going Green
Christine Pakkala

With a name that begins with Z, Lola Zuckerman is always last so she just has to win first place in the "Going Green" contest at school and beat her ex-best-friend, Amanda Anderson, who is always first

Lulu's Mysterious Mission

Judith Viorst

When Lulu's parents go on vacation, the formidable Ms. Sonia Sofia Solinsky comes to babysit and Lulu behaves as badly as possible to get her to leave until Ms. Solinsky reveals her secret.

The Magic Trap

by Jacqueline Davies

A magic show, card tricks, and a disappearing rabbit named Professor Hoffman--the Treski kids are at it again as they try to put on a show in the face of an approaching hurricane. But nothing prepares them for what blows into town next: their long-lost dad.

My Life as a Joke
by Janet Tashjian

Derek Fallon discovers all the angst that comes with being twelve--he just wants to feel grown up, but life gets in the way with a series of mishaps that make him look like a baby.

On the Road to Mr. Mineo's
by Barbara O'Connor

Sherman, a one-legged pigeon, sets everyone aflutter in a small southern town.

Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy
by Karen Foxlee

Ophelia, a timid eleven-year-old girl grieving her mother, suspends her disbelief in things non-scientific when a boy locked in the museum where her father is working asks her to help him complete an age-old mission.

The Show Must Go On
Kate Klise

Two mice and a crow, who travel with a circus, cleaning up the spilled popcorn after every performance, come to the rescue when a greedy con artist takes over the management of the circus.

The Spotted Dog Last Seen
by Jessica Scott Kerrin

When a new book arrives at the library with a secret code written inside, Derek, with the help of his friends, follows the clues from one novel to the next and makes a discovery that may help him get past a terrible loss.

The Truth of Me: about a boy, his grandmother, and a very good dog
Patricia MacLachlan

Robbie and his dog, Ellie, spend the summer at his grandmother Maddy's house, where Robbie learns many things about his emotionally distant parents and himself.

The Year of Billy Miller
Kevin Henkes

Seven-year-old Billy Miller starts second grade with a bump on his head and a lot of worries, but by the end of the year, he has developed good relationships with his teacher, his little sister, and his parents and learned many important lessons.

The Year of the Baby
Andrea Cheng

Fifth-grader Anna is concerned that her baby sister Kaylee, adopted from China three months ago, is not thriving so she and her best friends, Laura and Camille, create a science project that may save the day.

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