Introducing The New DCF List!

Ready to get reading? The nominating committee for the Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children’s Book Award has released its Master List for the 2014-2015 season. The 30 books on the list are aimed at readers in grades 4-8. To be eligible to vote for the winner, students must read at least five books on the list.

2013-2014 Winner: Wonder by R.J. Palacio, featured in the January episode of Dorothy's List on Vermont Edition.

Join us in September for the next season of DCF reading!

The Boy On Cinnamon Street

By Phoebe Stone

Seventh-grader Louise should be the captain of her school's gymnastics team—but she isn't. She's fun and cute and should have lots of friends—but she doesn't. And there's a dreamy boy who has a crush on her – but somehow they never connect. Louise has everything going for her—so what’s holding her back?


By R.J. Palacio

August Pullman was born with a facial deformity that, until now, has prevented him from going to a mainstream school. Wonder begins from Auggie’s point of view, but soon switches to include his classmates, his sister and others. These perspectives converge in a portrait of one community’s struggle with empathy, compassion and acceptance.

See You At Harry's

By Jo Knowles

For 12-year-old Fern, starting middle school brings all the usual challenges -- at school and at home. If it weren't for Ran, Fern’s calm and positive best friend, there’d be nowhere to turn. Then the unthinkable happens, and Fern and her family must find a way to heal.


By Steve Sheinkin

In 1938, a chemist in a German laboratory used uranium to split an atom in two – a simple discovery that would launch a scientific race that spanned three continents. Bomb is the story of the plotting, the risk-taking, deceit and genius that created the world's most formidable weapon: the atomic bomb.

The Expeditioners

By S.S. Taylor

Computers have failed, electricity is extinct, and the race to discover new lands is underway! Kit the brain, M.K. the tinkerer, and Zander the brave have inherited a strange map from their dead father. But why are so many government agents trying to steal it?

Temple Grandin

By Sy Montgomery

Dr. Temple Grandin is a scientist and professor of animal science at Colorado State University whose world-changing career revolutionized the livestock industry. Diagnosed with autism at the age of two, Temple uses her experience as an example of the unique contributions that autistic people can make. This compelling biography takes us inside her extraordinary mind and opens the door to a broader understanding of autism.

After Eli

By Rebecca Rupp

Some people die heroically, others accidentally. When Daniel Anderson’s older brother Eli dies, he wonders which category Eli’s death falls into. In an attempt to understand, Danny creates a Book of the Dead — an old binder that he fills with details about dead people, how they died, and, most important, for what purpose.

Spring is a busy time when it comes to the Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children’s Book Award! That’s when thousands of fourth through eighth graders around Vermont cast their ballots to vote for the DCF winner.

For the May installment of Dorothy’s List, we’ll highlight the winner of the 2013-2014 DCF Award as well as introduce the books on the 2014-2015 list.

That’s Monday, May 5 during Vermont Edition at noon and 7 p.m.

What is Dorothy's List?

Dorothy’s List is VPR’s book club for kids! Each month we highlight a book nominated for the Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children’s Book Award. We visit schools and libraries where the book is being read, check out how young readers are interacting with the book and relay students’ questions to the author.

The Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award

First given in 1957, the Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children's Book Award has honored quality literature for children for over 55 years. Each spring, 30 nominees are named to the DCF Master List. After reading at least five books from the list, Vermont students in grades four through eight vote for their favorite. Learn more here.

How to get involved

How does your school or library do DCF? Let us know! Share an activity or a lesson plan. Tell us what books you’d like to see highlighted on Dorothy’s List and why. And please let us know if you’re interested in participating in a future program!

Project Curator

Amy Kolb Noyes

Dorothy's List is curated and reported by VPR's Amy Kolb Noyes, is produced by Angela Evancie and is funded in part by the VPR Journalism Fund. Share your questions and suggestions with Amy on Twitter or via e-mail.

Want to put up a poster for Dorothy's List in your classroom or library?

Click here for a printable poster or here for a flyer.