California Young Reader Medal 2015–2018

The California Young Reader Medal program encourages recreational reading of popular literature among the young people of California. Since its inception in 1974, millions of California children have nominated, read, and voted for the winners of the California Young Reader Medal.
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 be considered for nomination, a book must be an original work of fiction published within the last four 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.

Barbed Wire Baseball

by Marissa Moss / Yuko Shimizu

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Creepy Carrots!

by Aaron Reynolds / Peter Brown

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Each Kindness

by Jacqueline Woodson / E. B. Lewis

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by Kelly DiPucchio / Christian Robinson

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Ghost Hawk

by Susan Cooper


Hold Fast

by Blue Balliett

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Orbiting Jupiter

by Gary D. Schmidt

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by Sara Pennypacker / Jon Klassen

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Red Queen

by Victoria Aveyard

Special Order

Salt to the Sea

by Ruta Sepetys

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Sam and Dave Dig a Hole

by Mac Barnett / Jon Klassen

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The Hired Girl

by Laura Amy Schlitz

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The Real Boy

by Anne Ursu / Erin McGuire

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