The Troybery Program began as a way to encourage students to read and vote on what they thought was the best book of the previous publishing year, instead of adults choosing the best books for awards like the Newbery or Caldicott. To date, over 2,000 Troy students and staff have signed up to participate!
Students are encouraged to read at least three of the ten books. Reading three or more qualifies a student to vote on which book he or she thinks is the best book of the group. Voting will occur at each middle school during the week of April 13, and the book with the most votes will receive the prestigious Troybery Award. The three runners-up will be named Troybery Honor Books.
New this year: The Troybery Challenge
In honor of the 15th anniversary of Troybery, Mrs. Chatel and Ms. Loch are challenging students to read as many of the former Troyberys from 2001-2013 as they can. Students who read at least three of the former winners by April 1 will be able to vote on the Best Troybery of all time, which will be announced at the Troybery Ceremony. Participants will be eligible for prizes!
The Troybery Challenge has ignited students' and teachers' interest in former Troyberys.
"My favorite Troybery was The Hunger Games. I had never really liked sci fi and then got the sci fi bug. It’s one of my favorite genres now!" Mrs. Alicia Wahls, Smith ELA teacher, said.
"If I have a student that is not a reader, I have them start with The City of Ember. It is a great 'hook' book for middle schoolers," Mrs. Sue Domin, Boulan Park ELA teacher, said. "I have told parents to use it with my non-readers, and it works."
"Wonder has been an all time favorite because of the empathy it teaches students. They become so invested in the well-being of Auggie; it creates a powerful literature to world connection that can be applicable daily in their impressionable lives," Ms. Kathryn Taylor, Baker ELA teacher, said.
For a list of Troyberys from 2001-2013, click here.
Thanks to our Troybery Sponsors!
Mrs. Christina Chatel, MLIS
A teacher librarian at Boulan Park and Smith Middle Schools in Troy, Michigan.