The Pacific Northwest Library Association's Young Reader's Choice Award is the oldest children's choice award in the U.S. and Canada. The award was established in 1940 by a Seattle bookseller, the late Harry Hartman, who believed every student should have an opportunity to select a book that gives him or her pleasure.
Nominations are taken only from children, teachers, parents and librarians in the Pacific Northwest ~ Alaska, Alberta, British Columbia, Idaho, Montana and Washington. Nominations will not be accepted from publishers. Nominations of books that are a sequel in a series are being considered for YRCA 2014. This may change for YRCA 2015. Nominations may include fiction, non-fiction, graphic novels, animae and manga.
Nominated titles are those published 3 years prior to the award year (for example, for the 2011 list nominees must have a copyright date of 2008), printed in the U.S. or Canada, and are already favorites with readers.
All nominations will be reviewed and voted on by a committee assigned to a particular division (Junior/Middle/Senior) and consisting of at least four (4) people (two YRCA state/provincial representatives and at least two persons of their choosing).