What is Black-Eyed Susan Reading Program?

"BES is a Children's Choice award for the state of Maryland.  The BES Award honors outstanding picture books, chapter books, and graphic novels.  Each year 15 picture books, 10 chapter books, and 10 graphic novels are nominated for the award.  Students in the state of Maryland vote for the winning book in each category." (MASL)

The Black-Eyed Susan Book Award is a student choice award for the state of Maryland that has been awarded each year since 1992. The award seeks to promote literacy and lifelong reading habits by encouraging students to read quality, contemporary literature.

In order to be eligible to vote, students must read or have read to them at least 8 of the 15 nominated picture books (K - 3), or at least 3 of the nominated chapter books (4 - 6), and complete their book reviews.  Students who completes their book reviews are invited to a special BES party. 


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Last modified on February 20, 2024