Students- Before voting on a book (one vote only!), try to answer these questions:
- What is the best book you have read?
- Would many children enjoy reading this book?
- Does the book have an interesting story (plot), good writing (style) to
help in the enjoyment of the reading and memorable characters (people or animals)?
- Does the book have something important to say (theme)?
The selection committee puts together nominee booklist titles, selected from top votes and write-ins from the previous school year
by the children of Hawai'i. Any favorite, well-written book following the below eligibility guidelines may be nominated. Email nominations
- The book must be a work of fiction (imaginary stories made up by the author) suitable for grades 4-6.
- The book must have been written by a living author who has not won the Nēnē Award in the last six years (since 2011).
- The book must have been published within the last 6 years (2011 or later).
- The book must not have been on a previous nomination list, with the exception of the top vote-getting titles carried over from the previous year.
- The book must be the first in the series or be able to be read as a stand-alone.
Official nominations for the Nene Award come from children, teachers, and librarians in the state of Hawaii. However, publishers or
authors are welcome to send review copies to the Nene Title Recommendation Committee for consideration. We have a continuous review process. We consider any juvenile fiction for grades 4
through 6 published within the last six years - since 2011 - for the next list.
There are usually about five members of the committee. Review copies can be sent to:
2445 Ka'ala St.
Honolulu, HI 96822