Books chosen for the Goldfinch Award are those written within the last five years. Titles are fiction or nonfiction, with a wide range of interests and reading levels appropriate for children in grades preschool through three.The purposes of the Goldfinch Award are:to encourage children to read more and better books.
- to discriminate in choosing worthwhile books.
- to provide an avenue for positive dialogue between teacher, parent, and children about books and authors.
- to give recognition to those who write books for children.
The award is unique in that it gives children an opportunity to choose the book to receive the award and to suggest books for the yearly reading list.
See the Iowa Book Awards Web site for more information.