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

28 Responses to Vote for the 2015 Dragon Award

  1. 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!

  2. 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.

  3. 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!

  4. 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!

  5. 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!

  6. 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!

  7. 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!

  8. 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!

  9. 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. :)

  10. 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!

  11. 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!

  12. 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!

  13. 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.

  14. 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!

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    • 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!

  15. gpn October 6, 2015 at 2:28 pm #


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