Young Reader's Choice Award
The Young Reader's Choice Award is a set of three annual awards for books selected by vote of schoolchildren in the Pacific Northwest, administered by the Pacific Northwest Library Association (PNLA). It was inaugurated in 1940, as a single annual award, which makes it the oldest "children's choice" award in the U.S. and Canada.
From 2002 there have been three award categories, now denominated Junior, Intermediate, and Senior. Youth and Senior categories replaced the single award in 1991.
The three winners of 2014 awards were published during 2011. The voting, open to "anyone in grades four through twelve in the Pacific Northwest who has read (or has heard read) at least two titles from the list", is conducted by member libraries during March and April (school and public libraries, primarily the former).
The PNLA homepage heading is "Alaska, Alberta, British Columbia, Idaho, Montana, Washington", a list of the four U.S. states and two Canadian provinces where most of its members are located. It is the oldest regional association and the only binational one in the US and Canada.
The process was last revised for 2009. Children, teachers, parents and librarians in Pacific Northwest may recommend books to their state and provincial representatives, who make the nominations and establish three committees that assist the single chair, who composes the ballots—three lists of six to eight books each.
Nominations of 2012 publications were due early in 2014 and composition of the 2015 ballots—three lists of eight books—was completed by committee during March 2014.
|1991||Ann M. Martin||Ten Kids, No Pets||Jenny Davis||Sex Education|
|1992||Bill Wallace||Danger in Quicksand Swamp||Peter Dickinson||Eva|
|1993||Jerry Spinelli||Maniac Magee||Caroline B. Cooney||The Face on the Milk Carton|
|1994||Phyllis Reynolds Naylor||Shiloh||Ann Rinaldi||Wolf by the Ears|
|1995||Peg Kehret||Terror at the Zoo||Lois Duncan||Who Killed My Daughter?|
|1996||Lois Lowry||The Giver||Phyllis Reynolds Naylor||The Boys Start the War|
|1997||Caroline B. Cooney||Driver's Ed||Eve Bunting||Nasty Stinky Sneakers|
|1998||Louis Sachar||Wayside School Gets A Little Stranger||Karen Cushman||The Midwife's Apprentice|
|1999||Andrew Clements||Frindle||Eve Bunting||SOS Titanic|
|2000||Dick King-Smith||A Mouse Called Wolf||Mel Glenn||The Taking of Room 114|
|2001||Louis Sachar||Holes||William Sleator||The Boxes|
- YRCA [Young Reader's Choice Awards]. Pacific Northwest Library Association (PNLA.org). Retrieved 2014-04-29.
- National and State Awards at Washington Library Media Association – including Washington state's own Elementary (K–6) awards