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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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Attack of the Shark-headed Zombie
by Bill Doyle

In order to earn money for new bicycles, nine-year-old cousins Keats and Henry take a job at a very strange house where doors disappear, carpets bite, and a zombie shark comes after them.

Candy Smash
Jacqueline Davies

Lemonade War competitors Jessie and Evan Treski learn about the power of poetry during a Valentine's Day holiday marked by a mysterious benefactor who leaves candy hearts for the students of Class 4-0.

8 Class Pets + 1 Squirrel [Divided By] 1 Dog = Chaos

8 Class Pets + 1 Squirrel [divided by] 1 Dog = Chaos
by Vivian Vande Velde

A dog chases a squirrel into an elementary school one night, creating monumental chaos.

Escape by Night: a Civil War adventure
by Laurie Myers

Tommy, the son of a Presbyterian minister in Augusta, Georgia, during the Civil War, must search his conscience to decide whether he should help a Yankee soldier escape and return home. Inspired by the early life of Woodrow Wilson.

Freaky Fast Frankie Joe

Freaky Fast Frankie Joe
Lutricia Clifton

Twelve-year-old Frankie Joe Huckaby, forced to live with the father he never knew, a stepmother, and four half-brothers in Illinois, starts a delivery service to finance his escape back to his mother in Texas, not realizing he is making a better life for himself than he ever had with her.

The Great Cake Mystery: Precious Ramotswe's very first case
by Alexander McCall Smith

Before becoming the first female private investigator in Botswana, eight-year-old Precious Ramotswe tracks down a thief who has been stealing her classmates' snacks.

Henry and the Cannons: An Extraordinary True Story of the American Revolution

Henry and the Cannons: an extraordinary true story of the American Revolution
Don Brown

In 1775 in the dead of winter, a bookseller named Henry Knox dragged 59 cannons from Fort Ticonderoga to Boston—225 miles of lakes, forest, mountains, and few roads. It was a feat of remarkable ingenuity and determination and one of the most remarkable stories of the revolutionary war.

Ivy Takes Care
Rosemary Wells

Brokenhearted when her best friend departs for the summer, Ivy spends her own summer caring for animals in the mid-century Southwest, sharing her season of discovery with a stubborn pony, a mischievous puppy, and a scarred racehorse.

Lulu and the Duck in the Park
Hilary McKay

Lulu, who loves animals, brings an abandoned duck egg to school, even though her teacher has banned Lulu from bringing animals to school ever again.

Marty McGuire Digs Worms!
by Kate Messner

With help from her Grandma Barb, Marty builds a habitat for worms in her school cafeteria as part of the Save the Earth Project.

The Matchbox Diary

The Matchbox Diary

Paul Fleischman

Follow a girl's perusal of her great-grandfather's collection of matchboxes and small curios that document his poignant immigration journey from Italy to a new country.

Mr. and Mrs Bunny--detectives extraordinaire!

Polly Horvath

Middle-schooler Madeline's hippy parents have been kidnapped from Hornby Island, Canada, by foxes and Madeline, upon discovering that she can understand animal languages, hires two rabbit detectives to find them.

The One and Only Ivan

Katherine Applegate
When Ivan, a gorilla who has lived for years in a down-and-out circus-themed mall, meets Ruby, a baby elephant that has been added to the mall, he decides that he must find her a better life.

Platypus Police Squad: The frog who croaked
by Jarrett Krosoczka

Paired together after a veteran detective retires, Platypus Police Squad members Rick Zengo, a hotshot rookie, and Corey O'Malley, a hard-nosed old-timer, struggle with their differences while tackling their first case involving a missing schoolteacher and a duffle bag filled with illegal fish.

Sadie and Ratz
by Sonya Hartnett

Hannah and her hands, named Sadie and Ratz, regularly get into trouble, especially when younger brother Baby Boy is around.

Stuey Lewis Against All Odds: Stories from the Third Grade

Stuey Lewis Against All Odds: stories from the third grade
Jane Schoenberg

Third-grader Stuey Lewis navigates the ups and downs of school and family life.


by Sally Murphy

All John cares about is setting the world record for knocking down dominoes and spending time with his best friends at school until his closest friend, Dom, is hospitalized, leaving John and the gang wondering what to do for him.

Twelve Kinds of Ice
Ellen Bryan Obed

From the first ice, a thin skin on a bucket of water, through thickly-iced fields, streams, and gardens, a girl, her family, and friends anticipate and enjoy a winter of skating, ending with an ice show complete with costumes, refreshments, and clowns.

Violet Mackerel's Brilliant Plot
Anna Branford

When a creative seven-year-old girl spots a blue china bird that she desperately wants, she forms an imaginative plan for getting it.

White Fur Flying

White Fur Flying
Patricia MacLachlan

A sad and silent nine-year-old boy finds his voice when he moves next to a family that rescues dogs.

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