Vote for the 2015 Dragon Award

Vote for the Orion Library’s Annual Dragon Award!

  • Read these books and talk about them with your friends.
  • Write a comment below about why you think your favorite should win the Dragon Award.
  • Vote online for your pick between Oct. 26 and Nov. 3.
  • Sign up to celebrate at the victory party at 7:00 on Wednesday, Nov. 4, where we will announce which book has earned the coveted golden Dragon Award seal!

And this year’s nominees are…

Babymouse: Queen of the World by Jennifer Holm and Matthew HolmBabymouse: Queen of the World – Babymouse, Book 1

By Jennifer Holm and Matthew Holm

An imaginative mouse dreams of being queen of the world, but will settle for an invitation to the most popular girl’s slumber party.

The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamilloThe Tale of Despereaux

By Kate DiCamillo

The adventures of Desperaux Tilling, a small mouse of unusual talents, the princess that he loves, the servant girl who longs to be a princess, and a devious rat determined to bring them all to ruin.

I Survived the Sinking of the Titanic, 1912 by Lauren TarshisI Survived the Sinking of the Titanic, 1912

By Lauren Tarshis

Excited to board the Titanic with his aunt and little sister, ten-year-old George begins to explore the ill-fated ship’s first-class storage cabin when the ship is rocked by a collision with an iceberg and begins to sink.

Knucklehead: Tall Tales & Mostly True Stories of Growing Up ScieszkaKnucklehead: Tall Tales & Mostly True Stories of Growing Up Scieszka

By Jon Scieszka

How did Jon Scieszka get so funny? He grew up as one of six brothers with Catholic school, lots of comic books, lazy summers at the lake with time to kill, babysitting misadventures, TV shows, and jokes told at family dinner.

Ivy + Bean by Annie BarrowsIvy + Bean – Ivy + Bean, Book 1

By Annie Barrows

When seven-year-old Bean plays a mean trick on her sister, she finds unexpected support for her antics from Ivy, the new neighbor, who is less boring than Bean first suspected.

Read These Past Dragon Award Winners!

Amulet Book 1: The Stonekeeper by Kazu Kibuishi

2013 – Amulet: The Stonekeeper

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

2014 – Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

91 Responses to Vote for the 2015 Dragon Award

  1. lily October 30, 2015 at 10:42 am #

    i hope i survived wins

  2. Alexa b5 October 30, 2015 at 10:41 am #

    I loved I survived the titanic!

  3. Ethan D October 30, 2015 at 9:52 am #

    I survived the titanic is the best book

  4. william b A5 October 30, 2015 at 9:49 am #

    i have only read the sinking of the titanic!

  5. william b A5 October 30, 2015 at 9:48 am #

    the sinking of the titanic is my favored I survived booked ever!

  6. Joey D. October 30, 2015 at 9:45 am #

    I love the I survived book series even if they were sad at one point they were an awesome series and I love Non-Fiction there really cool to learn about

  7. Miguel.V October 29, 2015 at 1:18 pm #

    The tale of despereanx is the best book ever I loved it, I hope it wins.

  8. sophiab A1 October 29, 2015 at 1:18 pm #

    I think the tale of Desparoux is cool sweet and fun to read

  9. Aidan D A1 October 29, 2015 at 1:15 pm #

    I think all the books are very good

  10. Azzareya October 29, 2015 at 10:20 am #

    wow I love every book!

  11. brendan October 27, 2015 at 9:08 pm #

    i like i survived the titanic i also love the rest of the series it ties your stomach in a knot until the end,Great book

  12. Taylor Dinda October 27, 2015 at 12:44 pm #

    I love the tale of despereaux it was an amazingly sad and heart renching book, I also am very fond of the author kate dicamillo because she also wrote the one and only ivan.

  13. lillian October 27, 2015 at 12:43 pm #

    i think that ivy and bean is a great series there so funny and they remind me of me and my best friend.

  14. Wyatt P D1 October 27, 2015 at 12:40 pm #

    The Tale of Despereaux is one of my personal favorite books. The reason is because it is full of action and adventure that will leave you wanting more. Kate DiCamillo really knows how to suck readers into a hurricane of imagination. I would recommend the Tale of Despereaux to all of the action and adventure fans and frankly, I am not surprised that it is winning.

  15. michael b October 27, 2015 at 9:24 am #

    the book the tale of despereaux is a wonderfull book

  16. Mindy q October 27, 2015 at 9:23 am #

    My teacher is reading us Tale of Desperaux , I am really loving it so far. I can not wait to read more!

  17. Suzanne Tison October 22, 2015 at 12:49 pm #

    It is always fun to find some new books to read. Glad you found this series to enjoy, Justice!

  18. Suzanne Tison October 22, 2015 at 12:48 pm #

    Jacob, I am glad that you have found a series that you like. The Titanic story is just one of many great stories in the series.

  19. Suzanne Tison October 22, 2015 at 12:46 pm #

    Jack, you are right. Desperaux is an awesome mouse.

  20. Suzanne Tison October 22, 2015 at 12:42 pm #

    Good campaigning, Chris! We will see who wins in another two weeks.

  21. Suzanne Tison October 22, 2015 at 12:41 pm #

    Justice, I think that you will really like it. Let us know with your vote when you finish it.

  22. Suzanne Tison October 20, 2015 at 4:48 pm #

    I agree Devlin. I survived is a great book. It will be fun to see if it can win the Dragon Award.

  23. Suzanne Tison October 20, 2015 at 2:53 pm #

    I enjoy the way this story is told too. Glad you enjoyed it, Mia!

  24. Suzanne Tison October 20, 2015 at 2:51 pm #

    Emilie, so glad you are trying something new. I hope you enjoy it! Let us know what you think when you finish.

  25. LALITA:) October 20, 2015 at 10:44 am #

    I HOPE THE TALE OF DESPERAUX WINS

  26. Nathan October 20, 2015 at 10:43 am #

    i think tales of Despereaux will win because it is a good book.

    • Ms. Kristen October 23, 2015 at 10:08 am #

      Nathan, I really enjoyed “The Tale of Despereaux”, too. I’m glad you liked it!

  27. Dylan McAwesome October 20, 2015 at 10:40 am #

    I think I survived is the best book ever!!!

  28. NAZARIA October 20, 2015 at 10:37 am #

    I think that Baby Mouse is a good story. I think lot of people will enjoy it.

    • Ms. Kristen October 23, 2015 at 10:10 am #

      Nazaria, I hadn’t read the Babymouse series before it was nominated for the Dragon Award. I’m so glad I read this!

  29. xander October 20, 2015 at 10:36 am #

    I want Tale of Despereaux to win.

    • Suzanne Tison October 22, 2015 at 12:51 pm #

      Xander, I am glad that you are rooting for Desperaux. Remember voting starts on Monday!

      • Barnabas Kiss October 27, 2015 at 12:44 pm #

        I agree I SO hope The Tale of Desperaux will win.
        So far It looks as if The Tale of Desperaux will win.

  30. Trey October 20, 2015 at 10:32 am #

    I think knucklehead is good !

    • Suzanne Tison October 22, 2015 at 12:44 pm #

      It is a fun read! Glad you liked it Trey.

  31. rochelle October 20, 2015 at 10:31 am #

    I am so excited to read the tale of Despereax i have never read this book ever i am so excited!

    • Suzanne Tison October 22, 2015 at 12:39 pm #

      Rochelle, I hope that you like. It has some great exciting parts and some really sweet parts. Enjoy!!

  32. Austin M. October 20, 2015 at 10:30 am #

    I really hope The tale of Desperaux wins! I just started reading the book, so far it really good. If there was a rate for it I would vote 5 Stars

    • jackf October 20, 2015 at 10:39 am #

      I like the tale of Desperaux because I think since the movie was good this will be good.

    • Suzanne Tison October 22, 2015 at 12:38 pm #

      I think this is an all-star story too, Austin.

  33. jada October 20, 2015 at 10:22 am #

    i think that knuckle head is funny

    • Suzanne Tison October 20, 2015 at 4:47 pm #

      Jada, it is a funny book. It made me laugh out loud.

  34. Breanna October 20, 2015 at 9:35 am #

    I vote for i survived It is a good book for people who love history and a little action

    • Suzanne Tison October 20, 2015 at 2:50 pm #

      I’m with you, Breanna. I love to read stories that teach me something about history.

  35. Paige M. October 18, 2015 at 8:44 pm #

    I think that Babymouse is a great book! When I read this book it made me crack-up! I hope that Babymouse: Queen of the World wins the Dragon Award.

    • Suzanne Tison October 20, 2015 at 2:47 pm #

      Paige, I agree! There is nothing better than a book that makes you laugh.

  36. Olivia W. October 18, 2015 at 8:41 pm #

    This is why I think the book: The Tale of Despereaux should win the Dragon Award: There is a little mouse called Despereaux and he lives in the castle and he gets sent to the dungeon just because he is different. In my point of view I don’t think that is right. Everyone is different, no one is exactly the same. So the fact that he gets send to the dungeon is not right.

    This book is also full of bravery, kindness and a bunch of lessons! One lesson I learned is that you should not judge people from there first impression. Characters change in this book when you least expect it! Read this book and you will see how much passion this book holds!

    • Suzanne Tison October 20, 2015 at 2:46 pm #

      Olivia, I agree this book teaches some valuable lessons. It is good for all of us to remember to not judge a book by it’s cover.

  37. Peter H. October 16, 2015 at 2:20 pm #

    I love the book: I Survived the Sinking of the Titanic and the entire I Survived series! I like this series and book because it starts with the problem and then goes back in time until before the problem It gets you set up for what’s going to happen. Each book retells an actual event from history.

    • Ms. Kristen October 16, 2015 at 3:43 pm #

      Peter, I thought it was fascinating, too, to read a book where we start knowing what the tragedy or problem is and then we go back in time to see how it all unfolds. Glad you liked this one!

    • morgan v October 30, 2015 at 9:44 am #

      I love I Survived I really hope they they win because I have read like all of the books

  38. Ella H. October 16, 2015 at 2:20 pm #

    I love the Ivy and Bean series. I think it is a great series for younger readers. I like this series because it is funny, but it is also has heart! Ivy and Bean are both troublesome, but they are also nice and caring for each other. I think Annie Barrow was very creative with this series and I think kids will love reading this series!

    • Ms. Kristen October 16, 2015 at 3:42 pm #

      Ella, I think your description of Ivy and Bean as being troublesome, nice, and caring is spot on!

  39. Edwin M. October 16, 2015 at 2:18 pm #

    I have read most of the books in the I Survived series. They are really good books if you like historical fiction! Each book is based on an actual disaster or event that has happened in our past. Please consider voting for: I Survived the Sinking of the Titanic.

    • Ms. Kristen October 16, 2015 at 3:41 pm #

      Edwin, I’m glad to hear that the rest of the “I Survived” series by Lauren Tarshis is as good as her Titanic book!

  40. Ms. Kristen October 13, 2015 at 1:17 pm #

    I completely agree, Alivia!

  41. ALIVIA October 13, 2015 at 9:52 am #

    I love i survived sinking of titanic. The i survived is the best series in the world it is filled with action and adventure!

  42. Ryan October 13, 2015 at 9:51 am #

    I vote for i survived the sinking of the titanic. Because i like the books of it and I like how they add action and
    it has people that help others and I saw the trailer where they have saving

    • Ms. Kristen October 13, 2015 at 1:18 pm #

      I love stories about real-life heroes, too, Ryan!

  43. William October 13, 2015 at 9:50 am #

    The Tale Of Desparoux was a hilarious book with a few sad and a few funny parts. I read it last year and it was one of my favorite books.

    • Ms. Kristen October 13, 2015 at 1:17 pm #

      William, I like books that have both sad and funny parts, too!

  44. Ailis October 13, 2015 at 9:49 am #

    i love the Ivy and Bean series.

    • Ms. Kristen October 13, 2015 at 1:16 pm #

      Me, too, Ailis!

  45. jack L October 13, 2015 at 9:48 am #

    i love the “i survived the sinking Titanic” i vote for it too.

    • Ms. Kristen October 13, 2015 at 1:16 pm #

      Glad you enjoyed this one, Jack!

  46. Diana F October 6, 2015 at 12:43 pm #

    I enjoyed Tale of Despereaux in spite of the fact that it was sad in some parts. People who like suspenseful adventure books might be big Despereaux fans! DiCamillo tells the story from many different perspectives; she is a talented writer!

    • Ms. Kristen October 8, 2015 at 2:32 pm #

      Diana, I know what you mean. “The Tale of Despereaux” made me laugh, made me gasp, and tugged at my heartstrings. Kate DiCamillo is amazing!

  47. Bruno L October 6, 2015 at 10:38 am #

    The main character in I Survived the Sinking of the Titanic helped other people survive the disaster and I found this interesting. People who like a book that keeps them on the edge of their seat will love this one! If you like historical fiction this is also a good book for you.

    • Ms. Kristen October 8, 2015 at 2:30 pm #

      Bruno, you wrote about one of the reasons why I like historical fiction so much: the characters who do heroic deeds are based on real people who were real-life heroes.

  48. Jack M October 6, 2015 at 9:41 am #

    I watched the trailer for Knucklehead and it looks hilarious! I can’t wait to read it! Do you have lots of copies? Thanks!

    • Ms. Kristen October 8, 2015 at 2:26 pm #

      Jack, yes, we do have many copies of “Knucklehead” and it is laugh-out-loud funny!

  49. Caroline R October 5, 2015 at 1:33 pm #

    I read The Tale of Despereaux last year and loved it! I recommend this book to people who like a good adventure and a character who is brave enough to enter a dungeon full of rats and come out victorious!

    • Ms. Kristen October 8, 2015 at 2:25 pm #

      Caroline, I remember reading somewhere that Kate DiCamillo wanted to create a very small character with a very brave heart. Despereaux is one of my all-time favorite heroes!

  50. Ryann P October 5, 2015 at 10:45 am #

    The Sinking of the Titanic is a good book for people that like to find info about the past!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Ms. Kristen October 8, 2015 at 2:25 pm #

      Ryann, I think this “I Survived” series by Lauren Tarshis shows how exciting historical fiction can be!

  51. Sean M October 5, 2015 at 10:36 am #

    The Tale of Despereaux is full of adventure and the characters each explain what they are going through in their own section of the book. I recommend The Tale of Despereaux to people who like fantasy books! It will probably get my vote but I’m going to read the other books first.

    • Ms. Kristen October 8, 2015 at 2:24 pm #

      Sean, I’ve read “The Tale of Despereaux” more than three times, and each time I love it even more. I agree that people who like fantasy books will really enjoy this one! I’ll be interested to hear what you think of the other four books. 🙂

  52. clairev October 5, 2015 at 9:57 am #

    I think all the books should be nomanated their so good!

    • Ms. Kristen October 8, 2015 at 2:22 pm #

      Claire, I wholeheartedly agree! It’s hard to choose which is my favorite!

  53. jadalyn l October 5, 2015 at 9:55 am #

    I read ivy+ bean and i want to read the next book.

    • Ms. Kristen October 8, 2015 at 2:22 pm #

      The good news, Jadalyn, is that this is a series with lots of titles in it, and we have the books and the audio cds!

  54. Maggie B October 5, 2015 at 9:40 am #

    Ivy + Bean really made me want to read the next book in the series! The suspense was killing me!
    I recommend this book to people who like adventure books.

    • Ms. Kristen October 8, 2015 at 2:21 pm #

      I’m so glad you got hooked on a great series, Maggie!

  55. Kevin H October 2, 2015 at 12:40 pm #

    I liked I Survived the Titanic (I also enjoyed the other I Survived books)! I especially like learning some historical facts even though the characters are made up. It’s an action-packed adventure!

    • Ms. Kristen October 3, 2015 at 10:44 am #

      Kevin, I think I find the I Survived series so exciting because I know that the books are based on events that really happened!

  56. Lily M October 2, 2015 at 10:32 am #

    So far, my favorite is “I Survived the Titanic.” People who like to learn about history or like action will love this book.

    • Ms. Kristen October 3, 2015 at 10:43 am #

      I agree, Lily. Sometimes historical fiction stories are packed with more adventure than completely fictional fantasies!

  57. Morgan V October 2, 2015 at 9:41 am #

    Ivy + Bean is awesome. I liked it because it was very funny and tells about some great adventures. Even boys would enjoy reading this book!

    • Ms. Kristen October 3, 2015 at 10:38 am #

      Morgan, I totally agree. Ivy + Bean is really funny, and even though the two main characters are girls, I think all readers would get a kick out of their escapades!

  58. Ms. Kristen October 1, 2015 at 11:01 am #

    I’m so glad you enjoyed it, Connor! This book is part of the “I Survived…” series by Lauren Tarshis. It’s one of my favorite adventure series.

  59. Connor C October 1, 2015 at 10:34 am #

    I love adventure books and enjoy learning about history. I Survived the Sinking of the Titanic is one of my new favorite books. I recommend it highly!

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