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.
CYRM is supported by the California Reading Association, the California Association of Teachers of English, California Library Association, and the California School Library Association.
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.
February 1st - Announcement of new nominees!
April 1st - All ballots must be entered online or postmarked; All Recommendation Forms must be postmarked
May 1st - Announcement of winners!
August 1st - Posting of Resource Guide
October through February - Conferences of sponsoring organizations to award the CYRM medals