Patricia Gallagher Children’s Choice Picture Book Award


Patricia Gallagher is a woman who loves reading and has spent many years imparting that love to children. In her honor, the Oregon Reading Association’s book award is aptly named “The Patricia Gallagher Picture Book Award!”

2017-18 Line-Up

Ballot: Patricia Gallagher book voting slip 2017-2018




Your can either borrow a set from your local council or purchase your own set. ($33 includes s/h.)


Tree House Books and Gifts

Or, email Shannon Yager.

The 2015/2016 Patricia Gallagher Winner:


  See What a Seal Can Do
  by Chris Butterworth
  Illustrated by Kate Nelms

  with 2,639 votes out of a total of 9,690 votes



The Voting Process

  1. Check out the set of five nominated books from your local council.
  2. Students each vote for their one favorite title. Each student’s vote is reported, as this is not a class vote. Voting takes place between Sept. 1st and April 30th. Click here for a picture ballot. Click here for student ballot.
  3. Report your votes to Mickie French by May 1st. Email the total votes for each title and the school and grade levels that voted.


What is the ORA Patricia Gallagher Book Award? The award is a children’s choice award founded in 1997. It is named for Patricia Gallagher, a retired Western Oregon professor of children’s literature who is a former president of ORA. A member of the committee since the beginning, she has reluctantly retired from the committee. It is the goal of the Oregon Reading Association to promote literacy and a love of reading.

How are the books chosen? A committee that may consist of ORA leaders, school librarians, public librarians, teachers, and school administrators review and select the books. The books must be readily available in paperback, be no more than eight years old from the original copyright date (usually hardback), hold an innate appeal to children, and have quality text and illustrations. They should also qualify as good read-alouds.

Who may vote? Oregon school children of all ages. 

When to vote? Voting will occur between September 1st and May 1st. Votes must be reported by May 1st.

Where to vote? Voting may take place in any participating classroom, school library, or public library in the state of Oregon.

Questions? Contact Mickie French @