BES is a Children's Choice award for the state of Maryland. The BES Award honors outstanding
picture books, chapter books, and graphic novels. Each year 15 picture books, 10 chapter books, and 10 graphic novels are nominated for the award. Students in the state of Maryland vote for the winning book in each category.
In order to be eligible to vote, students must read at least 3 of the nominated books in the same category and complete a BES Book Review Form for each book. These students are invited to a special BES party.