The California Young Reader Medal (CYRM) 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.
Young people recommend the titles of their favorite books for nomination, or teachers and librarians note repeatedly read or requested titles, and these are submitted to the California Young Reader Medal Committee. Members of the committee read the suggested books, discuss their merits and appeal to children, and then decide upon a well-balanced list of nominees.
To be considered for nomination, a book must be an original work of fiction published within the last four years by a living author. Recommendations for nomination are due each year by April 1 for consideration as a nominee the following year. It is a two-year cycle from the time of nomination by students to the presentation of the California Young Reader medal to the winning authors and illustrators.
PRIMARY (Grades K-3)
City Dog, Country Frog. Written by Mo Willems. Illustrated by John J. Muth. Published by Hyperion Books for Children, 2010.
Exclamation Mark! Written by Amy Krouse Rosenthal. Illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld. Published by Scholastic Press, 2013.
Miss Brooks Loves Books (and I Don't) Written by Barbara Bottner. Illustrated by Michael Emberley. Published by Alfred A. Knopf, 2010.
Randy Riley's Really Big Hit. Written and illustrated by Chris Van Dusen. Published by Candlewick Press, 2012.
Too Tall Houses. Written and illustrated by Giana Marino. Published by Viking Press, 2012.
INTERMEDIATE (Grades 3-6)
Brothers at Bat: The True Story of an Amazing All-Brother Team. Written by Audrey Vernick. Written by Steven Salerno. Published by Clarion, 2012.
The Camping Trip that Changed America: Theodore Roosevelt, John Muir and Our National Parks. Written by Barb Rosenstock. Illustrated by Mordicai Gerstein. Published by Dial Books for Young People, 2012.
These Hands. Written by Margaret H. Mason. Illustrated by Floyd Cooper. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2010.