2020 - The Wild Robot
During Idaho's spring 2020 stay-at-home order due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Idaho Kids Vote Award switched to a vote from home procedure that introduced ranked choice voting into the process. When all the votes were counted, The Wild Robot by Peter Brown was the clear winner. Here is what Idaho kids have to say about the book:
"I really like this book. I love all the characters. I like how funny Roz is. I like how cute Brightbill is. I love how Chit-chat is always talking. I love all the animals and the one robot in this story" -C.R.T.
"Incredible book and you just can't put it down. The next one is even better" -J.R.R.
"I loved The Wild Robot because I love robots and the outdoors so it was a perfect story for me" -M.C.
"The Wild Robot is an exciting book. There are fights, adventures, baby geese. There are cool animals. The Wild Robot is a great book." -A.W.
"I love the characters and i love how Roz didn't know anything but then she learned and she got a son. I think the best part was the end, but I'm not gonna spoil it."
Summary from Peter Brown's Website:
When robot Roz opens her eyes for the first time, she discovers that she is alone on a remote, wild island. Why is she there? Where did she come from? And, most important, how will she survive in her harsh surroundings?
Roz’s only hope is to learn from the island’s hostile animal inhabitants. When she tries to care for an orphaned gosling, the other animals finally decide to help, and the island starts to feel like home. Until one day, the robot’s mysterious past comes back to haunt her…
Information about Peter Brown's writing process is available on his blog. A free book club guide and excerpt are available from Little, Brown Young Readers.