The purposes of the Iowa Children's Choice 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.
Books chosen for the master list are those written by American authors within the last five years. Titles are fiction or nonfiction, with a wide range of interests and reading levels appropriate for children in grades three through six. No textbooks are included.
See Iowa Awards on the IASL Website for more information.