The COBAA grant deadline was Monday, January 27, 2020.

FOR INFORMATION PURPOSES ONLY – We are not accepting applications at this time.

Since 2016, the State Library of Ohio has awarded LSTA funds to support Celebrating Ohio Book Awards & Authors (COBAA) to provide funds specifically for collection development purposes.  In its fourth year, the grant application process has been updated to a required online application. The grant award is a maximum of $1,500 per eligible institution.

The awarded federal funds may be used to purchase copies of the selected title(s). The 2020 COBAA Book List  is a listing of over 1,800 eligible titles from the Book Awards list.

Application Questions

  • Using statistics such as employment rates, free lunch program rate of reimbursement, or household income, tell us about your community.  (max 300 words)
  • Identify a group/target audience that will benefit from the purchase of COBAA titles (e.g., book clubs, High School English classes, college Education Majors, 2nd grade Language Arts students).  (max 300 words)
  • How do you expect this group/target audience to benefit and grow from the purchase of COBAA titles?  Use specific examples.  (max 300 words)
  • A great way to promote the materials purchased via the COBAA grant is through programming.  Have you considered any programming plans; if so, would you like to share them with us?

Documents Required For Application

**Processing/cataloging expenses, unless included in the costs of potential purchases, are not permissible for this grant.


DEADLINE EXTENDED: All proposals are due by midnight, Monday, January 27, 2020; COBAA grant terms will run March 1, 2020 – April 30, 2020.

Questions should be addressed to LSTA Coordinator, Cindy Boyden, via,  or 614-644-6863.

What Can You Buy?

Any title listed on the COBAA Book List, from any vendor in any quantity, in the following formats:

  • Print
  • Braille
  • Graphic Novel
  • Foreign Language
  • Large Print
  • Books on Disc
  • Playaway

**Note: some titles may be out of print**
***If you are purchasing any title(s) above list price, provide an explanation within your responses to the required application questions***

What Can’t You Buy?

  • eBooks/digital books
  • Student/Teacher Guides
  • Classroom Sets

Who Can Apply?

  • Public Libraries receiving Public Library Funds (PLF)
    • If multiple branches within a public library system apply, each application must identify a specific audience and need; each application must be unique.
  • School Libraries/Media Centers that are accredited by the State
    • If multiple libraries or media centers within a school system apply, then each application must identify a specific audience and need; each application must be unique.
  • Academic libraries must be part of an accredited institution of higher learning
  • Special Libraries

Are Matching Funds Required?

No, matching funds are not required for this special LSTA grant program.

The Anisfield-Wolf Award

The Anisfield-Wolf Awards recognize books that have made important contributions to our understanding of racism and human diversity. Cleveland poet and philanthropist Edith Anisfield Wolf established the book awards in 1935, in honor of her father, John Anisfield, and husband, Eugene Wolf, to reflect her family’s passion for social justice. Presented by the Cleveland Foundation, it remains the only American book prize focusing on works that address racism and diversity. Categories include Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Lifetime and Landmark.

Buckeye Children’s and Teen Book Awards

The Buckeye Children’s and Teen Book Award program is designed to encourage students in Ohio to read literature critically, to promote teacher and librarian involvement in young adult literature programs, and to commend authors of such literature.

The Buckeyes are one of the only state reader’s choice awards in which students get to nominate the titles as well as vote on the final winners. The only adults who may submit nominations or votes are teachers and librarians who are representing a group of students from their school or library. This allows the Buckeyes to be truly a student-chosen award in all aspects. Categories include K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and teen.

Choose to Read Ohio Booklists

The Choose to Read Ohio (CTRO) Booklists are curated by librarians and educators to promote reading across Ohio. Each booklist highlights 20 notable titles by Ohio authors for a for a two-calendar-year promotion period. Categories include Books for Young children, Tweens, Teens, and Adults. The CTRO booklists are supported by The State Library of Ohio, Ohioana Library Association, and the Ohio Center for the Book.

Dayton Literary Peace Prize

The Dayton Literary Peace Prize, inaugurated in 2006, is the first and only annual U.S. literary award recognizing the power of the written word to promote peace. The Dayton Literary Peace Prize recognizes adult fiction and nonfiction books that have led readers to a better understanding of other cultures, peoples, religions, and political points of view. Categories include the Richard C. Holbrooke Distinguished Achievement Award to recognize lifetime achievement, fiction, and nonfiction.

Floyd’s Pick Book Award

Floyd’s Pick is a book award developed by the Choose to Read Ohio (CTRO) Advisory Council and presented in memory of children’s literature expert, advocate, and librarian Floyd Dickman. It is given annually to a book written by an Ohio author or a book illustrated by an Ohio illustrator that is representative of high-quality literature created for children. This book will be one that Floyd Dickman would have enthusiastically promoted, and is to carry on the legacy of his work to support and share children’s literature in the State of Ohio.

James Cook Book Award

The OLC’s Teen Services Division created the James Cook Book Award: Celebrating Diversity in Teen Literature in 2007. The award was created in memory James Cook, a Teen Specialist at Dayton Metro Library, who was well-known in the library community as an advocate for teens, diversity, and teen literature. The award recognizes a book that promotes and celebrates cultural, ethnic, or social diversity. The winning books feature a teen as one of the main characters; demonstrate excellence in writing; promote cultural, ethnic, or social diversity; and have a wide appeal to a teen audience.

Norman A. Sugarman Children’s Biography Award

The Norman A. Sugarman Children’s Biography Award was established in 1998 to honor excellence in the field of biography for children. The Sugarman Award was established by Joan G. Sugarman in memory of her husband, Norman A. Sugarman, a prominent tax attorney who was born and raised in Cleveland and later served in Washington, D.C. The Sugarman Award is given biennially by Cleveland Public Library and presented to a writer and/or illustrator of a new biography for children’s grades Kindergarten through 8th grade. The Award is presented in April in alternate years in celebration of National Library Week. It is for a work published in the previous two calendar years.

Ohioana Book Awards

The Ohioana Book Awards are the second oldest, and among the most prestigious, state literary prizes in the nation. Nearly every notable Ohio writer of the past 78 years has been honored. The first Ohioana Book Award, presented in 1942, was given in the category of nonfiction to James Reston’s Prelude to Victory. Awards for juvenile literature and fiction were first presented in 1943, followed in 1944 by poetry and “book about Ohio/Ohioan,” and in 2014, middle grade/young adult literature. To these juried awards, a Readers’ Choice Award was added in 2016, allowing readers to choose their favorite book from among the finalists selected by judges.

Thurber Prize for American Humor

Awarded annually, the Thurber Prize for American Humor is one of the highest recognitions of humor writing in the United States. A panel of national judges selects three finalists from eight or nine semi-finalists. Previously held in New York City, the Thurber Prize returned to its hometown roots—Columbus, Ohio—beginning in 2018.