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. CYRM is supported by the California Reading Association, the California Association of Teachers of English, California Library Association, and the California School Library Association. Young people recommend the titles of their 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.
To become qualified voters, young readers must experience all of the nominated books in a category by reading the books themselves, having the books read to them, or using a combination of the two.
Young Readers may read books in more than one category.
Each reader is entitled to ONE vote in each category.
An adult in a classroom or library setting must monitor the voting procedures. Only one ballot should be submitted for each participating library, classroom, or school.
Ballots must be submitted by April 1, 2021. When we are finished reading all five nominated books, students will vote for their favorite book using this Google Form.