California Young Reader Medal Nominees
The California Young Reader Medal program encourages recreational reading of popular literature among the young people of our state. Since its inception in 1974, millions of California children have nominated, read, and voted for the winners of the California Young Reader Medal.
Books are nominated for the medal in four categories: Primary (K-2), Intermediate (3-6), Middle School/Junior High (6-9), and Young Adult (9-12). Students may read and vote for books in any and all categories, but they must read all the books nominated in a category to be eligible to vote.
This is a student program and books can only be nominated and voted upon by students. Students read the nominated books from July through March, vote for their favorite, and submit the results to the CYRM committee. All CYRM ballots are due by April 1 of each year.
The Ventura County Reading Association (VCRA), an affiliate of the California Reading Association (CRA) and the International Reading Association (IRA), is a professional organization of teachers, student teachers, administrators, librarians, instructional assistants, parents, and others committed to literacy efforts in Ventura County. Each year, VCRA members work to promote literacy through a variety of dynamic events and educational activities.
Participating in a contest is always exciting! In California, children have the chance each year to nominate, read, and vote for books to win the California Young Reader Medal (CYRM). You can have your children participate in the CYRM voting! Find out more at www.californiayoungreadermedal.org. The website provides the titles of the 2013-14 CYRM nominees, ballot information, and nomination forms. All CYRM ballots submitted for 2013-14 must be postmarked by April 1.
Even better, bring your children to the CYRM event at E.P. Foster Library in Ventura to hear and vote for the five books nominated in the Primary category. This special event will take place on Wednesday, March 26 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Come in and vote for these nominees:
- Interrupting Chicken, by David Ezra Stein (Candlewick, 2010)
- Stars, by Mary Lyn Ray, illustrated by Marla Frazee (Beach Lane Books, 2011)
- Children Make Terrible Pets, by Peter Brown (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2010)
- Press Here, by Herve Tullet (Chronicle Books, 2011)
- Bats at the Ballgame, by Brian Lies (Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, 2011)
Can’t wait to see you there!