The Land of Enchantment Book Award is designed to encourage the youth of New Mexico to read outstanding books of literary quality. A committee sponsored by the New Mexico Library Association, and the New Mexico Council of the International Reading Association selects four lists of books– Roadrunners (Grades K-3), Coyotes ( Grades 3-5), Lizards (Grades 6-8) and Black Bears (Grades 9-12). In April, New Mexico youth who have read at least three books from one of these lists vote on their favorite.
For more information, visit the Land of Enchantment Book Award website.
The winners of the Land of Enchantment Book Award for 2016-2017 are:
The first Land of Enchantment Award was given in 1981. The first winner was Ramona and Her Father by Beverly Cleary.
For the first 19 years, there was only one age category. 2000 was the first year with two awards, one in the Children's category and one in the newly created Young Adult category.
In 2011 a third category was added, the Picture Book category.
In 2017 the categories were renamed and a fourth category was added. The Categories are: Roadrunner (Kindergarten - 3rd grade), Coyote (3 - 5th grade), Lizard (6th - 8th grade), and Black Bear (9th - 12th grade).
Here's a printable list of all the reading lists complete with call numbers.