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Children/Young Adult Book Awards: Young Reader's Choice

About the Young Reader's Choice Award

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.

More About the Young Reader's Choice Award


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).