California Young Reader MedalIntermediate, Grades 3-5

Given by California Reading Association

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The California Young Reader Medal is a set of five annual literary awards conferred upon picture books and fiction books selected by vote of California schoolchildren from a ballot prepared by

show more committee. The program was established in 1974 with Intermediate, Primary, and Young Adult Medals that were inaugurated in 1975, 1976, and 1977 and were conferred biennially, and annually beginning in 1983.

The program is intended to encourage recreational reading and is sponsored by four organizations that promote reading and literacy: the California Association of Teachers of English, the California Library Association, the California Reading Association, and the California School Library Association.

There are five medals, last modified for 2002: Primary (grades K-3), Intermediate (grades 3–6), Middle School/Junior High (grades 6–9), Young Adult (grades 9–12), and Picture Books for Older Readers (grades 4 and up)—that is, roughly age 10 and up.[b] Both writer and illustrator receive the Primary and Picture Book Medals, where applicable.

The ballot for each medal comprises 3–5 books published during the preceding four years—two to five years ago when the process concludes. For example, 17 books published from 2010 to 2013 were nominated for 2014–2015.


Rules and process

Young readers, their parents, educators, librarians, and "anyone who works with young people" may recommend books. Candidates must be original works of fiction by living authors, available in English, published during the four preceding years and still in print.

Nominations are made by award category and the books should be "often read or requested" and have "strong appeal for the age group". A committee of the sponsoring organizations selects "a well-balanced list of nominees" (finalists), considering merit and appeal.

Children may vote in all categories where they know all of the candidates by reading or hearing read aloud. They cast a combined paper ballot at once, in a classroom or library monitored by an adult.


Winners

The medals in four categories inaugurated in 1975, 1976, 1977, and 1980 were biennial until 1983, and thereafter annual. For each category (now five) CYRM maintains a "Booklist" of finalists (3–5 annually) that provides basic bibliographic data for all, and cover images beginning in 2005 or so. show less

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All, Winner (200), Nominee (726)
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Years:
All, 2024 (3), 2023 (3), 2022 (3), 2021 (3), 2020 (3), 2019 (3), 2018 (3), 2017 (3), 2016 (3), 2015 (3), 2014 (3), 2013 (3), 2012 (3), 2011 (3), 2010 (3), 2009 (3), 2008 (3), 2007 (3), 2006 (3), 2005 (3), 2004 (3), 2003 (3), 2002 (3), 2001 (3), 2000 (3), 1999 (3), 1998 (3), 1997 (3), 1996 (3), 1995 (3), 1994 (3), 1993 (3), 1992 (3), 1991 (3), 1990 (3), 1989 (3), 1988 (3), 1987 (4), 1986 (3), 1985 (3), 1984 (3), 1983 (3), 1981 (5), 1979 (5), 1977 (5), 1975 (4)

Winner 46

WorkYear
The Lion of Mars by Jennifer L. Holm2023
The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise by Dan Gemeinhart2022
Restart by Gordon Korman2021
The War I Finally Won by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley2020
The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley2019
Pax by Sara Pennypacker2018
Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library by Chris Grabenstein2017
A Dog Called Homeless by Sarah Lean2016
Wonder by R. J. Palacio2015
The Unwanteds by Lisa McMann2014
The Giant-Slayer by Iain Lawrence2013
Violet Raines Almost Got Struck by Lightning by Danette Haworth2012
Zorgamazoo by Robert Paul Weston2011
No Talking by Andrew Clements2010
Sheep by Valerie Hobbs2009
Each Little Bird That Sings by Deborah Wiles2008
Christopher Mouse: The Tale of a Small Traveler by William Wise2007
The Good Dog by Avi2006
Ruby Holler by Sharon Creech2005
The School Story by Andrew Clements2004
Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo2003
The Year of Miss Agnes by Kirkpatrick Hill2003
The Million Dollar Shot by Dan Gutman2002
Honus & Me by Dan Gutman2001
Riding Freedom by Pam Muñoz Ryan2000
The 13th Floor: A Ghost Story by Sid Fleischman1999
The Junkyard Dog by Erika Tamar1998
Time for Andrew: A Ghost Story by Mary Downing Hahn1996
Stonewords: A Ghost Story by Pam Conrad1995
Scared Stiff by Willo Davis Roberts1994
Fudge-a-Mania by Judy Blume1993
All About Sam by Lois Lowry1992
Harry's Mad by Dick King-Smith1991
The War with Grandpa by Robert Kimmel Smith1990
The Castle in the Attic by Elizabeth Winthrop1989
Be a Perfect Person in Just Three Days! by Stephen Manes1988
Jennifer Murdley's Toad by Bruce Coville1987
The Dollhouse Murders by Betty Ren Wright1987
Nothing's Fair in Fifth Grade by Barthe DeClements1986
The Indian in the Cupboard by Lynne Reid Banks1985
The Trouble with Tuck by Theodore Taylor1984
Superfudge by Judy Blume1983
Summer of the Monkeys by Wilson Rawls1981
Danny the Champion of the World by Roald Dahl1979
Freaky Friday by Mary Rodgers1977
How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell1975

Nominee 146

WorkYear
Across the Desert by Dusti Bowling2024
A Game of Fox & Squirrels by Jenn Reese2024
We're Not From Here by Geoff Rodkey2024
The Lion of Mars by Jennifer L. Holm2023
Gold Rush Girl by Avi2023
The Canyon's Edge by Dusti Bowling2023
The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise by Dan Gemeinhart2022
Wishtree by Katherine Applegate2022
Other Words for Home by Jasmine Warga2022
Restart by Gordon Korman2021
The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street by Karina Yan Glaser2021
Save Me a Seat by Sarah Weeks2021
The War I Finally Won by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley2020
The Losers Club by Andrew Clements2020
The Detective's Assistant by Kate Hannigan2020
The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley2019
Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate2019
Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt2019
Pax by Sara Pennypacker2018
Dash by Kirby Larson2018
Ms. Rapscott's Girls by Elise Primavera2018
Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library by Chris Grabenstein2017
Rump: The True Story of Rumplestiltskin by Liesl Shurtliff2017
The Real Boy by Anne Ursu2017
A Dog Called Homeless by Sarah Lean2016
True (. . . Sort Of) by Katherine Hannigan2016
Wildwood by Colin Meloy2016
Wonder by R. J. Palacio2015
Tuesdays at the Castle by Jessica Day George2015
Wild Wings by Gill Lewis2015
The Unwanteds by Lisa McMann2014
A Nest for Celeste: A Story About Art, Inspiration, and the Meaning of Home by Henry Cole2014
Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer L. Holm2014
The Giant-Slayer by Iain Lawrence2013
Eleven by Patricia Reilly Giff2013
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin2013
Violet Raines Almost Got Struck by Lightning by Danette Haworth2012
Alvin Ho: Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things by Lenore Look2012
The Small Adventure of Popeye and Elvis by Barbara O'Connor2012
Zorgamazoo by Robert Paul Weston2011
Igraine The Brave by Cornelia Funke2011
Greetings From Planet Earth by Barbara Kerley2011
No Talking by Andrew Clements2010
A Friendship for Today by Patricia C. Mckissack2010
A Crooked Kind of Perfect by Linda Urban2010
Sheep by Valerie Hobbs2009
Phineas L. MacGuire . . . Erupts!: The First Experiment (From the Highly Scientific Notebooks of Phineas L. Macguire) by Frances O'Roark Dowell2009
Clementine by Sara Pennypacker2009
Each Little Bird That Sings by Deborah Wiles2008
The Seven Wonders of Sassafras Springs by Betty G. Birney2008
Worth by A. LaFaye2008
Christopher Mouse: The Tale of a Small Traveler by William Wise2007
A Week in the Woods by Andrew Clements2007
Ida B: . . . and Her Plans to Maximize Fun, Avoid Disaster, and (Possibly) Save the World by Katherine Hannigan2007
The Good Dog by Avi2006
Following Fake Man by Barbara Ware Holmes2006
Love, Ruby Lavender by Deborah Wiles2006
Ruby Holler by Sharon Creech2005
The Secret School by Avi2005
When the Circus Came to Town by Laurence Yep2005
The School Story by Andrew Clements2004
Love That Dog by Sharon Creech2004
The Kite Fighters by Linda Sue Park2004
Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo2003
The Year of Miss Agnes by Kirkpatrick Hill2003
Island of the Aunts by Eva Ibbotson2003
The Million Dollar Shot by Dan Gutman2002
Flying Solo by Ralph Fletcher2002
Regarding the Fountain by Kate Klise2002
Honus & Me by Dan Gutman2001
The Great Turkey Walk by Kathleen Karr2001
Gib Rides Home by Zilpha Keatley Snyder2001
Riding Freedom by Pam Muñoz Ryan2000
Frindle by Andrew Clements2000
Utterly Yours, Booker Jones by Betsy Duffey2000
The 13th Floor: A Ghost Story by Sid Fleischman1999
Family Tree (Yearling) by Katherine Ayres1999
Belle Prater's Boy by Ruth White1999
The Junkyard Dog by Erika Tamar1998
Poppy by Avi1998
The Fear Place by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor1998
Jennifer Murdley's Toad by Bruce Coville1997
The Light on Hogback Hill by Cynthia DeFelice1997
The Best School Year Ever by Barbara Robinson1997
Time for Andrew: A Ghost Story by Mary Downing Hahn1996
Wings by Bill Brittain1996
Flip-Flop Girl by Katherine Paterson1996
Stonewords: A Ghost Story by Pam Conrad1995
Strider by Beverly Cleary1995
Jim Ugly by Sid Fleischman1995
Scared Stiff by Willo Davis Roberts1994
Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher by Bruce Coville1994
Beauty by Bill Wallace1994
Fudge-a-Mania by Judy Blume1993
Racing the Sun (Avon Camelot Books) by Paul Pitts1993
Trading Game by Alfred Slote1993
All About Sam by Lois Lowry1992
This Island Isn't Big Enough For the Four Of Us by Gery Greer1992
Martin's Mice by Dick King-Smith1992
Harry's Mad by Dick King-Smith1991
Different Dragons by Jean Little1991
Stinker from Space by Pamela F. Service1991
The War with Grandpa by Robert Kimmel Smith1990
The Not-Just-Anybody Family by Betsy Byars1990
Desdemona - Twelve Going on Desperate by Beverly Keller1990
The Castle in the Attic by Elizabeth Winthrop1989
Hello, My Name Is Scrambled Eggs (Minstrel Book) by Jamie Gilson1989
The Hot and Cold Summer by Johanna Hurwitz1989
Be a Perfect Person in Just Three Days! by Stephen Manes1988
The sheep-pig (Republished as: Babe : the gallant pig) by Dick King-Smith1988
In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson by Bette Bao Lord1988
Jennifer Murdley's Toad by Bruce Coville1987
The Dollhouse Murders by Betty Ren Wright1987
Night of the Twisters by Ivy Ruckman1987
The Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare1987
Nothing's Fair in Fifth Grade by Barthe DeClements1986
Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Cleary1986
Hazel Rye by Vera Cleaver1986
The Indian in the Cupboard by Lynne Reid Banks1985
Save Queen of Sheba by Louise Moeri1985
Jumanji by Chris Van Allsburg1985
The Trouble with Tuck by Theodore Taylor1984
Do Bananas Chew Gum? by Jamie Gilson1984
Anastasia Krupnik by Lois Lowry1984
Superfudge by Judy Blume1983
Ramona and Her Mother by Beverly Cleary1983
The Boy Who Saw Bigfoot by Marian T. Place1983
Summer of the Monkeys by Wilson Rawls1981
Ramona and Her Father by Beverly Cleary1981
Bunnicula: A Rabbit-Tale of Mystery by Deborah Howe1981
The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson1981
Journey Home by Yoshiko Uchida1981
Danny the Champion of the World by Roald Dahl1979
The Devil's Storybook by Natalie Babbitt1979
Ramona the Brave by Beverly Cleary1979
The Return of the Great Brain by John D. Fitzgerald1979
Philip Hall Likes Me. I Reckon Maybe. by Bette Greene1979
Freaky Friday by Mary Rodgers1977
Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume1977
Ramona the Brave by Beverly Cleary1977
The Cat Ate My Gymsuit by Paula Danziger1977
Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George1977
How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell1975
Me and My Little Brain by John D. Fitzgerald1975
Annie and the Old One by Miska Miles1975
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O'Brien1975

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