Friday, February 25, 2011

Four Feet Two Sandals Nominated!


February 1, 2011
The California Young Reader Medal is proud to announce the NOMINEES for the 2011-2012 California Young Reader Medals. Printer-Friendly Version

August 1, 2010


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.

Young people suggest the names of 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.

The CYRM logo was created by artist Kathleen Womble at the request of Becca Watchman, one of the founders of the California Young Reader Medals Both women were employed by the Lucia Mar Unified School District in Arroyo Grande, California.

2010-2011 Nominees

Printer-Friendly Version of 2010-2011 Nominees (.pdf)

The CYRM program is sponsored by four statewide organizations committed to books and reading:

California Association of Teachers of English (CATE)
California Library Association (CLA)
California Reading Association (CRA)
California School Library Association (CSLA)
A committee of representatives from each organization coordinates CYRM activities at the state level. The committee develops a promotional packet about the program and provides all the materials needed for participation. These materials include the ballots, nomination forms, and nominee lists.

Nomination and Voting
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 in the Primary and Picture Books for Older Readers categories).

Books are nominated for the medal in five categories:

Primary (Grades K - 3)
Intermediate (Grades 3 - 6)
Middle School/junior High (Grades 6 - 9)
Young Adult (Grades 9 - 12)
Picture Books for Older Readers (4th Grade and up)
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. Students read the nominated books from July through March and vote for their favorite. Teachers and librarians introduce the nominees to students, often in exciting and innovative ways. They provide ballots for the students, compile vote totals, and submit results to the CYRM committee.

All CYRM ballots must be postmarked by April 1 of each year.

Award Winners and Ceremonies
The authors (and illustrators in the Primary and Picture Books for Older Readers categories) of the winning books receive their California Young Reader Medal awards at special ceremonies held annually at the state conferences of each sponsoring organization. Local students are selected to present the CYRM bronze medals to the winners.

2010-2011 Ceremonies:

February 2011 (Young Adult)
November 12-15, 2010 - Sacramento (Primary)
November 15-16, 2010 - Riverside (Middle School and Picture Books for Older Readers)
November 12-15, 2010 - Sacramento (Intermediate)


Updated 1/31/11

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