California Young Reader MedalPrimary, Grades K-2

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.
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All, Winner (200), Nominee (726)
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Years:
All, 2024 (5), 2023 (5), 2022 (5), 2021 (5), 2020 (5), 2019 (4), 2018 (5), 2017 (5), 2016 (5), 2015 (5), 2014 (5), 2013 (5), 2012 (5), 2011 (5), 2010 (5), 2009 (5), 2008 (5), 2007 (5), 2006 (5), 2005 (5), 2004 (5), 2003 (5), 2002 (5), 2001 (5), 2000 (5), 1999 (5), 1998 (5), 1997 (5), 1996 (5), 1995 (5), 1994 (1), 1993 (5), 1992 (5), 1991 (5), 1990 (5), 1989 (5), 1988 (5), 1987 (6), 1986 (5), 1985 (5), 1984 (5), 1983 (5), 1982 (5), 1980 (5), 1978 (5), 1976 (10)

Winner 46

WorkYear
We Don't Eat Our Classmates by Ryan T. Higgins2023
Drawn Together by Minh Lê2022
Poor Louie by Tony Fucile2021
The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors by Drew Daywalt2020
The Bear and the Piano by David Litchfield2019
The Book with No Pictures by B. J. Novak2018
Sam and Dave Dig a Hole by Mac Barnett2017
The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt2016
Exclamation Mark by Amy Krouse Rosenthal2015
Press Here by Hervé Tullet2014
We Are in a Book! by Mo Willems2013
I Need My Monster by Amanda Noll2012
Martina the Beautiful Cockroach: A Cuban Folktale by Carmen Agra Deedy2011
Millie Waits for the Mail by Alexander Steffensmeier2010
Stanley's Wild Ride by Linda Bailey2009
Superdog: The Heart of a Hero by Caralyn Buehner2008
My Lucky Day by Keiko Kasza2007
Miss Smith's Incredible Storybook by Michael Garland2006
Muncha! Muncha! Muncha! by Candace Fleming2005
A Fine, Fine School by Sharon Creech2004
I Will Never Not Ever Eat a Tomato by Lauren Child2003
Hooway for Wodney Wat by Helen Lester2002
Grandad's teeth by Rod Clement2001
Lost by Paul Brett Johnson2000
Livingstone Mouse by Pamela Duncan Edwards1999
Dog Breath by Dav Pilkey1998
Stellaluna by Janell Cannon1996
Martha Speaks by Susan Meddaugh1995
High-Wire Henry by Mary Calhoun1994
Julius, the Baby of the World by Kevin Henkes1993
Never Spit On Your Shoes (Orchard Paperbacks) by Denys Cazet1992
Tacky the Penguin by Helen Lester1991
Eyes of the Dragon by Margaret Leaf1990
What Happened to Patrick's Dinosaurs? by Carol Carrick1989
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Joffe Numeroff1988
Don't Fidget a Feather! by Erica Silverman1987
The Napping House by Audrey Wood1987
Space Case by Edward Marshall1986
Herbie's Troubles by Carol Chapman1985
Round Robin by Jack Kent1985
Bagdad Ate It by Phyllis Green1984
Liza Lou And The Yeller Belly Swamp by Mercer Mayer1983
Miss Nelson is Missing by Harry Allard1982
Big Bad Bruce by Bill Peet1980
Little Rabbit's Loose Tooth by Lucy Bate1978
How Droofus the Dragon Lost His Head by Bill Peet1976

Nominee 231

WorkYear
Negative Cat by Sophie Blackall2024
The Scarecrow by Beth Ferry2024
The Littlest Yak by Lu Fraser2024
Chez Bob by Bob Shea2024
Someone Builds the Dream by Lisa Wheeler2024
We Don't Eat Our Classmates by Ryan T. Higgins2023
Parker Looks Up: An Extraordinary Moment by Parker Curry2023
Dozens of Doughnuts by Carrie Finison2023
The Good Egg by Jory John2023
Grumpy Monkey by Suzanne Lang2023
Drawn Together by Minh Lê2022
Hair Love by Matthew A. Cherry2022
Dreamers by Yuyi Morales2022
Sulwe by Lupita Nyong'o2022
All Are Welcome by Alexandra Penfold2022
Poor Louie by Tony Fucile2021
Alfie by Thyra Heder2021
Madeline Finn and the Library Dog by Lisa Papp2021
After the Fall (How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again) by Dan Santat2021
The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson2021
The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors by Drew Daywalt2020
The Highest Mountain of Books in the World by Rocio Bonilla2020
Can I Be Your Dog? by Troy Cummings2020
The Bad Seed by Jory John2020
Let Me Finish! by Minh Lê2020
The Bear and the Piano by David Litchfield2019
Mother Bruce by Ryan T. Higgins2019
If You Ever Want To Bring An Alligator To School, Don't! by Elise Parsley2019
I Don't Want to Be a Frog by Dev Petty2019
The Book with No Pictures by B. J. Novak2018
Gaston by Kelly DiPucchio2018
The Snatchabook by Helen Docherty2018
Night Animals by Gianna Marino2018
If You Plant a Seed by Kadir Nelson2018
Sam and Dave Dig a Hole by Mac Barnett2017
Ribbit! by Rodrigo Folgueira2017
It's an Orange Aardvark! by Michael Hall2017
The Bear Ate Your Sandwich by Julia Sarcone-Roach2017
I'm My Own Dog by David Ezra Stein2017
The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt2016
Count the Monkeys by Mac Barnett2016
Paul Meets Bernadette by Rosy Lamb2016
Creepy Carrots! by Aaron Reynolds2016
Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin2016
Exclamation Mark by Amy Krouse Rosenthal2015
Miss Brooks Loves Books (and I don't) by Barbara Bottner2015
Too Tall Houses by Gianna Marino2015
Randy Riley's Really Big Hit by Chris Van Dusen2015
City Dog, Country Frog by Mo Willems2015
Press Here by Hervé Tullet2014
Children Make Terrible Pets by Peter Brown2014
Bats at the Ballgame by Brian Lies2014
Stars by Mary Lyn Ray2014
Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein2014
We Are in a Book! by Mo Willems2013
The Sandwich Swap by Rania Al Abdullah2013
A Bedtime for Bear by Bonny Becker2013
Bats at the Library by Brian Lies2013
Memoirs of a Goldfish by Devin Scillian2013
I Need My Monster by Amanda Noll2012
On Meadowview Street by Henry Cole2012
Let's Do Nothing! by Tony Fucile2012
The Odd Egg by Emily Gravett2012
Princess Hyacinth (The Surprising Tale of a Girl Who Floated) by Florence Parry Heide2012
Martina the Beautiful Cockroach: A Cuban Folktale by Carmen Agra Deedy2011
A Visitor for Bear by Bonny Becker2011
Pete & Pickles by Berkeley Breathed2011
Duck by Randy Cecil2011
Thelonius Monster's Sky-High Fly-Pie by Judy Sierra2011
Millie Waits for the Mail by Alexander Steffensmeier2010
A Frog Thing (with Audio CD) by Eric Drachman2010
Do Unto Otters: A Book About Manners by Laurie Keller2010
My Life as a Chicken by Ellen A. Kelley2010
Velma Gratch and the Way Cool Butterfly by Alan Madison2010
Stanley's Wild Ride by Linda Bailey2009
The Perfect Nest by Catherine Friend2009
Bats at the Beach by Brian Lies2009
Uncle Peter's Amazing Chinese Wedding by Lenore Look2009
Hilda Must Be Dancing by Karma Wilson2009
Superdog: The Heart of a Hero by Caralyn Buehner2008
Henry & the Buccaneer Bunnies by Carolyn Crimi2008
Traction Man is Here! by Mini Grey2008
The Giant Hug by Sandra Horning2008
I Wanna Iguana by Karen Kaufman Orloff2008
My Lucky Day by Keiko Kasza2007
Stanley's Party by Linda Bailey2007
The Best Pet of All by David LaRochelle2007
Wild About Books by Judy Sierra2007
Three Pebbles and a Song by Eileen Spinelli2007
Miss Smith's Incredible Storybook by Michael Garland2006
Ruby in Her Own Time by Jonathan Emmett2006
How I Became a Pirate by Melinda Long2006
The Teddy Bear by David McPhail2006
The Perfect Pet by Margie Palatini2006
Muncha! Muncha! Muncha! by Candace Fleming2005
Daisy Comes Home by Jan Brett2005
"Let's Get a Pup!" Said Kate by Bob Graham2005
Blabber Mouse by True Kelley2005
Duck on a Bike by David Shannon2005
A Fine, Fine School by Sharon Creech2004
Book! Book! Book! by Deborah Bruss2004
The Name Jar by Yangsook Choi2004
Mice and Beans by Pam Muñoz Ryan2004
Dumpy La Rue by Elizabeth Winthrop2004
I Will Never Not Ever Eat a Tomato by Lauren Child2003
Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin2003
The Ugly Vegetables by Grace Lin2003
Soccer Mom from Outer Space by Barney Saltzberg2003
Good Night, Good Knight by Shelley Moore Thomas2003
Hooway for Wodney Wat by Helen Lester2002
Wolf by Becky Bloom2002
Mr. Tanen's Ties by Maryann Cocca-Leffler2002
Horace and Morris But Mostly Dolores by James Howe2002
Cook-a-Doodle-Doo by Janet Stevens2002
Grandad's teeth by Rod Clement2001
Raising Dragons by Jerdine Nolen2001
A Bad Case of Stripes by David Shannon2001
The Lost and Found by Mark Teague2001
Mailing May by Michael O. Tunnell2001
Lost by Paul Brett Johnson2000
Meanwhile... by Jules Feiffer2000
Mama Provi and the Pot of Rice by Sylvia Rosa-Casanova2000
Saving Sweetness by Diane Stanley2000
The Secret Shortcut by Mark Teague2000
Livingstone Mouse by Pamela Duncan Edwards1999
Fanny's Dream by Caralyn Buehner1999
Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes1999
Nine for California by Sonia Levitin1999
Mrs. Morgan's Lawn by Barney Saltzberg1999
Dog Breath by Dav Pilkey1998
Hog-Eye by Susan Meddaugh1998
Piggie Pie! by Margie Palatini1998
Down the Road by Alice Schertle1998
Math Curse by Jon Scieszka1998
Owen by Kevin Henkes1997
The Cow Who Wouldn't Come Down by Paul Brett Johnson1997
The bee tree by Patricia Polacco1997
Don't Fidget a Feather! by Erica Silverman1997
Chato's Kitchen by Gary Soto1997
Stellaluna by Janell Cannon1996
Parents in the Pigpen, Pigs in the Tub by Amy Ehrlich1996
Frida Maria: A Story of the Old Southwest (Grade 3 Level) by Deborah Nourse Lattimore1996
The Three-Legged Cat by Margaret Mahy1996
Ruby the Copycat by Peggy Rathmann1996
Martha Speaks by Susan Meddaugh1995
Mucky Moose by Jonathan Allen1995
The Signmaker's Assistant by Tedd Arnold1995
A Bicycle for Rosaura by Daniel Barbot1995
When Bluebell Sang by Lisa Campbell Ernst1995
High-Wire Henry by Mary Calhoun1994
Julius, the Baby of the World by Kevin Henkes1993
Ollie Forgot by Tedd Arnold1993
Ruby by Michael Emberley1993
The Great White Man-Eating Shark: A Cautionary Tale by Margaret Mahy1993
Two Bad Ants by Chris Van Allsburg1993
Never Spit On Your Shoes (Orchard Paperbacks) by Denys Cazet1992
Tommy at the Grocery Store by Bill Grossman1992
The Wolf's Chicken Stew by Keiko Kasza1992
Thunder Cake by Patricia Polacco1992
The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka1992
Tacky the Penguin by Helen Lester1991
The Wednesday Surprise by Eve Bunting1991
Chester's Way by Kevin Henkes1991
I Wish I Were a Butterfly by James Howe1991
Rechenka's Eggs by Patricia Polacco1991
Eyes of the Dragon by Margaret Leaf1990
Piggybook by Anthony Browne1990
Barn Dance! by Bill Jr. Martin1990
The Relatives Came by Cynthia Rylant1990
A New Coat for Anna by Harriet Ziefert1990
What Happened to Patrick's Dinosaurs? by Carol Carrick1989
The Patchwork Quilt by Valerie Flournoy1989
How My Parents Learned to Eat by Ina R. Friedman1989
Flossie and the Fox by Patricia C. Mckissack1989
Beware the dragons! by Sarah Wilson1989
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Joffe Numeroff1988
Molly's Pilgrim by Barbara Cohen1988
Dabble Duck (Reading Rainbow) by Anne Leo Ellis1988
The Trek (Reading Rainbow Books) by Ann Jonas1988
Imogene's Antlers by David Small1988
Don't Fidget a Feather! by Erica Silverman1987
The Napping House by Audrey Wood1987
Happy Birthday, Moon by Frank Asch1987
Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney1987
Ming Lo Moves the Mountain by Arnold Lobel1987
What's Under My Bed? by James Stevenson1987
Space Case by Edward Marshall1986
Hot-Air Henry by Mary Calhoun1986
Friends by Helme Heine1986
Round Trip by Ann Jonas1986
Do Not Open (Picture Puffin Books) by Brinton Turkle1986
Herbie's Troubles by Carol Chapman1985
Round Robin by Jack Kent1985
The Blanket That Had to Go by Nancy Evans Cooney1985
Good As New by Barbara Douglass1985
Doctor De Soto by William Steig1985
Bagdad Ate It by Phyllis Green1984
A Rose for Pinkerton by Steven Kellogg1984
Oh, Were They Ever Happy! by Peter Spier1984
Alexander, Who Used to Be Rich Last Sunday by Judith Viorst1984
No Bath Tonight by Jane Yolen1984
Liza Lou And The Yeller Belly Swamp by Mercer Mayer1983
It's So Nice to Have a Wolf Around the House by Harry Allard1983
The Day Jimmy's Boa Ate the Wash by Trinka Hakes Noble1983
The Wuggie Norple Story by Daniel Manus Pinkwater1983
The Worst Person in the World by James Stevenson1983
Miss Nelson is Missing by Harry Allard1982
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett1982
Cross-Country Cat by Mary Calhoun1982
Pinkerton, Behave! by Steven Kellogg1982
Cowardly Clyde by Bill Peet1982
Big Bad Bruce by Bill Peet1980
The Mysterious Tadpole by Steven Kellogg1980
Liza Lou And The Yeller Belly Swamp by Mercer Mayer1980
Mr. and Mrs. Pig's Evening Out by Mary Rayner1980
Little Fox Goes to the End of the World by Ann Tompert1980
Little Rabbit's Loose Tooth by Lucy Bate1978
The Maggie B. by Irene Haas1978
Mouse Tales by Arnold Lobel1978
George and Martha by James Marshall1978
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst1978
How Droofus the Dragon Lost His Head by Bill Peet1976
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle1976
Dorrie and the Goblin by Patricia Coombs1976
Leo the Late Bloomer by Robert Kraus1976
Frog and Toad Together by Arnold Lobel1976
One Monster After Another by Mercer Mayer1976
Play Ball, Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish1976
The Lorax by Dr. Seuss1976
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst1976
Ira Sleeps Over by Bernard Waber1976

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