California Young Reader Medal

Every year we participate in the state wide voting for the California Young Reader Medal Award (CYRM).  The CYRM is one of the few major awards where the winner is picked by children.  We read the picture books as read-alouds in the library.  Voting is a festive occasion complete with ballot box and official voting stickers.  Our students enjoy seeing how their picks line up with the other children from across the state.

Additionally, independent readers can also participate in the intermediate chapter book category.  These students read the nominated books on their own and then vote for their favorite.  Ballots will be available in the library in March and are due by the end of the month.

More information is available at

2018 Winners

The 2017-2018 California Young Reader Medal has been awarded to:

PRIMARY (Grades K-3)




INTERMEDIATE (Grades 3-5)                                                                                                                                      

2018-2019 Nominees
The nominees for the 2018-2019 California Young Reader Medal have been announced.  

Primary (Grades K-3)
The Bear and the Piano
I Don't want to be a Frog
If you ever want to bring an Alligator to School, Don't!
Mother Bruce
Samson in the Snow

Picture Books for Older Readers (Grades 4-5)
We're all Wonders
Separate is Never Equal
Emmanuel's Dream:  The true story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah

Intermediate Independent Readers (Grades 4-5)


Fish in a Tree

The War that saved my Life