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Three Stars Book Award

The Three Stars Book Award, named after the three stars on the DC flag, is a project of the District of Columbia Library Association: School Library Section, local librarians, and reading advocates. The inaugural award was created in 2017 by Emily Carmichael and Kate Sweeney.

Voting for the Three Stars Book Award takes place in May and June, and is open to students who live or go to school in Washington, DC. We strive to recognize books that incorporate diversity, multiculturalism, and other curricular connections as a means to connect reading to learning while building a culture of reading across DC schools. Nominees are chosen by a committee based on readers' interests and requests. Winners are chosen by students and readers across the district.

Recent Committee Leads:

Catherine Fravel - DCLA 3-Star Award Committee Chair email:

Eboni Henry - DCLA School Library Section Chair email:

Recent Committee Members: 

The DC 3 Star Book Award Program is seeking interested volunteers to serve on the 2024-25 Selection Committee.  This book award program is one of the leading PK-12 book initiatives where students read, vote, and select the winner each year.  If you have an interest and passion in children's and/or young adult literature, please use this link and complete the committee interest form.  The deadline for self-nomination for the 2024-25 committee ends at 5PM on Friday, March 15th (next week!). 

If you have questions, please contact  and either the committee or section chair will respond. 

Thank you for being the best part of DCLA! 

Interested in leading and/or joining the 2023-2024 committee? Email

2017 - Present Three Stars Reading List

2024 Three Stars Nominees & Winners

2023 Three Stars Nominees & Winners

Previous Three Stars Book Award Winners & Nominees

2022 Three Stars Nominees & Winners

2022 Nominees List

2021 Three Stars Nominees & Winners

2020 Three Stars Nominees

2019 Three Stars Nominees & Winners

2018 Three Stars Nominees & Winners

2017 Three Stars Nominees & Winners

Mailing Address:
DC Library Association
 2 Massachusetts Ave. NE
 Unit #: 1653
Washington, DC 20013
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