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Cochecho Readers' Award

The Cochecho Readers' Award is sponsored by the Children's Librarians of Dover, New Hampshire.  The award is named after the Cochecho River which runs through the heart of Dover. This award will be given each year to an author whose book receives the most votes from third and fourth graders in Dover. We have chosen titles published within the last three years. The criteria for selection are quality of writing and child appeal. Children are required to read or listen to at least three of the titles on the list in order to vote in the spring.  The voting will take place in the school libraries. Ballots will be available at the Dover Public Library for home-schooled children and those attending private schools.

2020-2021 Winners

The One and Only Bob Cover ImageStargazing Cover ImageThe Oldest Student Cover Image

1st Place

The One and Only Bob

by Katherine Applegate

2nd Place


by Jen Wang

3rd Place

The Oldest Student

by Rita Hubbard

2021 - 2022 Nominees

Download the 2021-2022 Nominees List here!


Zeus the Mighty

Mac B. Kid Spy: Mac Undercover

By Mac Barnett

Before Mac Barnett was an author, he was a kid. And while he was a kid, he was a spy. Not just any spy. But a spy...for the Queen of England. The precious Crown Jewels have been stolen, and there's only one person who can help the Queen of England: her newest secret agent, Mac B. Mac travels around the globe in search of the stolen treasure...but will he find it in time?


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Willa the Wisp

By Jonathan Auxier

Welcome to the Fabled Stables, a magical building filled with one-of-a-kind creatures. Creatures including the Gargantula, the Yawning Abyss, the Hippopotamouse . . . and Auggie. Auggie is the only human boy at the Stables, and he takes care of all the other animals. It’s Auggie’s job to venture out and rescue a new creature from mortal danger. But will he be able to complete his mission before it’s too late?


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Big Foot and Little Foot

By Ellen Potter

Hugo is a young Sasquatch who longs for adventure. Boone is a young boy who longs to see a Sasquatch. When their worlds collide, they become the unlikeliest pair of best friends.


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Stepping Stones

By Lucy Knisley

Jen is used to not getting what she wants. So suddenly moving to the country and getting new stepsisters shouldn't be too much of a surprise. Jen did not want to leave the city. She did not want to move to a farm with her mom and her mom's new boyfriend, Walter. She did not want to leave her friends and her dad. Most of all, Jen did not want to get new "sisters," Andy and Reese. Will she fit in?


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Locker 37: the Magic Eraser

By Aaron Starmer

Ever wish you had a way to magically solve all of your problems? The kids at Hopewell Elementary School might have exactly what you're searching for--just walk down the hall and stop at Locker 37.


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Shark Lady

By Jess Keating

Eugenie Clark fell in love with sharks from the first moment she saw them at the aquarium. But Eugenie quickly discovered that many people believed sharks to be ugly and scary―and they didn't think women should be scientists. Determined to prove them wrong, Eugenie devoted her life to learning about sharks.


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I Survived the Sinking of the Titanic, 1912

By Lauren Tarshis

George Calder must be the luckiest kid alive - he and his little sister, Phoebe, are sailing with their aunt on the Titanic, the greatest ship ever built! But one night while George is off exploring, a terrible boom shakes the entire boat. Soon the impossible is happening: The Titanic is sinking.


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Maybe, Maybe Marisol Rainey

By Erin Entrada Kelly

Marisol Rainey is the only girl in her small Louisiana town with a mother who was born elsewhere and a father who lives elsewhere (most of the time)—the only girl who’s fearful of adventure. Will Marisol be able to salvage her summer and have fun?


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Izzy in the Doghouse

By Caroline Adderson

Isabel just has, has, has to get a dog! Isabel and Zoë are favorite friends, most of the time. They have side-by-side cubbies at school. They never take off their friendship bracelets. And they make each other laugh like nobody else. But some of the time, Isabel isn't Zoë's favorite friend at all. Because some of the time, the fun things they do end in a no-fun way.


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Skunk and Badger

By Amy Timberlake

No one wants a skunk. They are unwelcome on front stoops. They should not linger in Important Rock Rooms. Skunks should never, ever be allowed to move in. But Skunk is Badger’s new roommate, and there is nothing Badger can do about it. When Skunk plows into Badger’s life, everything Badger knows is upended. Tails are flipped. The wrong animal is sprayed. And why-oh-why are there so many chickens?



Prior Cochecho Reader Winners

The One and Only Ivan
The Oldest Student
The cardboard kingdom /
The witch boy /