Every summer, the five middle school librarians in our school district choose 10-15 books to add to the Lone Star Reading List book selections for the upcoming school year. We base the selections for our schools on one thing only: will our students LOVE this book? Each middle school library has a different list, although some books do appear on more than one school's list.
Since we add our own selections to the 20 books selected by the state of Texas Lone Star Committee, we call the lists the LS+ Reading List. Any student who reads at least 12 of these and/or the Lone Star books gets to go on a field trip in May. Sequels to any book on the list also count.
In addition, for every one book they read on the LS+ list, students are entered in a weekly drawing for gift certificates to area merchants. In May 2011 (our second year of this particular program), our district had about 75 students who qualified attend the LS+ party, 27 of whom were from my school. In order for a book to count, students must prove they read the book by taking a quiz and submitting a 3-paragraph book review to the librarian.
Here's my Plus list for 2011-2012 (so far). My goal is to add 10-15 books, so I have a ways to go!