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California Young Reader Medal


NOMINEES - 2016-2017  


(Titles linked to Amazon page to provide plot summaries.)



Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library ​by Chris Grabenstein. Random House Books for Young Readers, 2013.

The Real Boy ​by Anne Ursu. Illustrated by Erin McGuire. Published by Walden Pond Press, 2013.

Rump ​by Liesl Shurtliff. Published by Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2013.


Middle School/Junior High


Hold Fast ​by Blue Balliett. Scholastic, 2013.

Keeper of the Lost Cities ​by Shannon Messenger. Simon & Schuster, 2012.

Upside Down in the Middle of Nowhere ​by Julie T. Lamana. Chronicle Books, 2014.​


Young Adult


The Impossible Knife of Memory ​by Laurie Halse Anderson. Viking Books for Young Readers, 2014.

Kindness for Weakness ​by Shawn Goodman. Delacorte Books for Young Readers, 2013.

Red Queen​ by Victoria Aveyard. HarperCollins, 2015.



Book cover pictures can be found on the CYRM Nominee page 

Teaching will provide audio excerpts, author information, "what to read next", etc.                                       

Book Trailers for 2016-17 Nominees

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ALL THE CYRM TITLES CAN BE READ ELECTRONICALLY. See the lists posted on the board in the Library.

The 2015-2016 CYRM winners are:

INTERMEDIATE: A Dog Called Homeless
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MIDDLE SCHOOL: Dogtag Summer





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.

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.

Students at Giannini will be able to read the nominated titles from April until 4th week of March of the following year. Then students can vote on their favorite title in each category for which they read the books.

Ms. Lai will 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.

For more information, go to the California Young Reader Medal website.


The voting for the California Young Reader Medal best book in each of three categories will take place next week, March 21-25.


Homeroom teachers will have the ballots. Please vote so that the title you like the best will win.

AP Giannini results will be posted on April 4. The books for the new year 2016-17 will be on display for check out on April 4.


The winners of this California state award will be announced May 1.