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The Colorado Blue Spruce Young Adult Book Award recognizes the most popular books among middle and high school students in the State of Colorado. Teens nominate their favorite titles and select the winner - adults do not vote. All the materials needed to participate in the Blue Spruce Award can be found on this site and may be freely printed and distributed.

Great news for Colorado librarians!

The Colorado Blue Spruce Young Adult Book Award Committee is pleased to announce that promotional packets for the Blue Spruce award nominations are now being sent out to school and public libraries via the CLiC courier. Each packet contains an FAQ, promotional tips, a 2-sided ballot template, a 2015 Blue Spruce nominees poster, and a Blue Spruce VOTE poster. Please allow 1-2 weeks for these to arrive.
If your library does not receive a packet (not every library is on the courier), you may download all of these materials from this website, or request a packet from us directly via the Contact Us link on this website.

We hope these materials will help you advertise and promote this award, the only book award in the state voted on by Colorado kids, grades 6-12!

Words from the 2015 nominated authors...

What a dear surprise and true honor! I’m thrilled whenever someone chooses to read my writing, but to know that so many young people are involved in selecting the nominated books, including THE AVIATOR’S WIFE, is extra special. And to be in such excellent company is the icing on the cake.  Melanie Benjamin, The Aviator's Wife

My heartfelt thanks to the committee and the readers in Colorado! I'm thrilled to see Between Shades of Gray on the list of nominees for the 2015 Colorado Blue Spruce Young Adult Book Award. So honored to be included amongst such great books and authors!  Ruta Sepetys, Between Shades of Gray

Thank you for sharing this wonderful news; I'm so honored! It's particularly meaningful to me since I have a long and deep connection to Colorado....  I'm thrilled to be included along with these other wonderful books and authors--and hope I have even more excuse to visit Colorado soon. :)  Lauren Oliver, Delirium

I'm so honored that Cinder has been nominated for the (teen-voted!) Blue Spruce Award! In the words of our favorite android sidekick: Check my fan, I think I'm overheating! Thank you to all the readers who opened their hearts to my snarky cyborg mechanic. <3  Marissa Meyer, Cinder

omg wow, thank you!!! So honored!  Marie Lu, Legend

Wow, how awesome!! Thank you so much! Ally Condie, Matched

Wow, thank you for letting me know. You just very much made my day! Nil sine numine! (yeah, I totally looked up the state motto of Colorado)....  Alex London, Proxy

Ready to promote and vote?

The voting deadline for the 2014 Award is December 31, 2014 11:59PM

And the winner of the 2014 Colorado Blue Spruce Award is...


Download the official press release.


Did you miss our recent conference presentation?

Download the CCIRA Blue Spruce powerpoint presentation.

Contact us

Please contact the Blue Spruce Award Committee if you have any questions regarding the award, nomination process, voting process or would like to get involved.


Notice to Publishers and Authors:

We greatly appreciate your interest in adolescent literacy and the Colorado Blue Spruce Book Award. Colorado's 400,000 middle and high school students, however, are responsible for nominating titles each year. Adults have no say in the matter, other than general bookkeeping. As such, there is no way for publishers to submit their titles for consideration and our participant list is not made available to ensure privacy.


The Blue Spruce Award Committee would like to thank the following organizations for sponsoring Colorado's teen book award: