PRIMARY (Grades K-2)
- Bats at the Ballgame written and illustrated by Brian Lies. Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, 2011.
- Children Make Terrible Pets written and illustrated by Peter Brown. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2010.
- Interrupting Chicken written and illustrated by David Ezra Stein. Candlewick Press, 2010.
- Press Here written and illustrated by Herve Tullet. Chronicle Books, 2011.
- Stars written by Mary Lyn Ray, illustrated by Marla Frazee. Beach Lane Books, 2011.
- 14 Cows for America written by Carmen Agra Deedy in collaboration with Wilson Kimeli Nalyoman. Illustrated by Thomas Gonzalez. Peachtree Publishers, 2009.
- Queen of the Falls written and illustrated by Chris Van Allsburg. Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, 2011.
- Worst of Friends: Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and the True Story of an American Feudby Suzanne Tripp Jurmain. Illustrated by Larry Day. Dutton, 2011.
The California Young Reader Medal 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.
The CYRM program is sponsored by four statewide organizations committed to books and reading: California Association of Teachers of English (CATE), California Library Association (CLA), California Reading Association (CRA), and California School Library Association (CSLA). A committee of representatives from each organization coordinates CYRM activities at the state level. The committee develops a promotional packet about the program and provides all the materials needed for participation. These materials include the ballots, nomination forms, and nominee lists.
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. A book to be considered for nomination must be an original work of fiction published within the last five years by a living author. Recommendations for nomination are due each year by April 1 for consideration as a nominee the following year. It is a two-year cycle from the time of nomination by students to the presentation of the California Young Reader Medal to the winning authors (and illustrators in the Primary category).
Books are nominated for the medal in four categories: Primary (K-2), Intermediate (3-6), Middle School/junior High (6-9), and Young Adult (9-12). Students may read and vote for books in any and all categories, but they must read all the books nominated in a category to be eligible to vote.
Students read the nominated books from July through March and vote for their favorite. Teachers and librarians introduce the nominees to students, often in exciting and innovative ways. They provide ballots for the students, compile vote totals, and submit results to the CYRM committee. All CYRM ballots are due by April 1 of each year.
The authors (and illustrators in the Primary category) of the winning books receive their California Young Reader Medal awards at special ceremonies held annually at the state conferences of each sponsoring organization. Local students are selected to present the CYRM bronze medals to the winners.
The interest and enthusiasm for the nominated books shown by the young readers of California clearly demonstrates the effectiveness of the California Young Reader Medal program in achieving its goal: their introduction to the enjoyment of reading purely for pleasure.
Source: CLA http://www.cla-net.org/displaycommon.cfm?an=1&subarticlenbr=114
10. By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, Including stories, dramas, and poetry, at the high end of the complexity band independently and proficiently
Model School Library Standards
4.1.a Read [or be read to from] a good representation of grade-level-appropriate text, making progress toward the goal of reading one million words annually by grade eight (e.g., classic and contemporary literature, magazines, newspapers, online information).