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How has the award changed?

A single award was given until 1991 when it was replaced by Youth and Senior divisions.

In 2002 three divisions were designated: Junior, Intermediate, and Senior divisions. The Young Reader’s Choice Award Selection Policy was revised by the Board of the Pacific Northwest Library Association in 2012.

The award program continues to change and grow to attract new supporters and participants. PNLA supports YRCA becoming a 21st-century reading program that will sustain current participation and expand to a new readership and participating libraries.

What are the guidelines for nominating titles?

Nominations will be collected from students, librarians, teachers, and parents in the Pacific Northwest – Alaska, Alberta, British Columbia, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington. Nominations will not be accepted from publishers.

Most importantly nominated titles must already be popular with young readers.

Nominated titles must be published three (3) years before the award year (for example, for the 2017 nominees must have a copyright date of 2014), printed in the United States or Canada.Nominations may include fiction, nonfiction, and graphic format titles. Submissions of books that are a sequel or part of a series may be considered.

Nominated titles will be judged on popularity with readers. Other considerations will include reading enjoyment; reading level; interest level; genre representation; gender representation; racial diversity; diversity of social, political, economic, or religious viewpoints; regional consideration; effectiveness of expression; and imagination. Age appropriateness will also be considered for placement in a division.

The Pacific Northwest Library Association is committed to intellectual freedom and diversity of ideas. No title will be excluded because of race, nationality, religion, gender, sexual orientation, political or social view of either the author or the material.

How do I nominate titles?

When nominating a title, please include the following:

  • Title
  • Author
  • Copyright Date
  • Division, where you feel the title, is most appropriate and any other information you would like to add, like the popularity of the title.
    • Junior Division: Grades 4-6
    • Middle Division: Grades 7-9
    • Senior Division: Grades 10-12

When are nominations due?

  • October 1 – Request for nominations
  • October 30 – Nominations due to YRCA Representative or Chair
  • November – All nominations will be reviewed and voted on by YRCA
    representatives and assigned to a division (Junior/Intermediate/Senior)
  • January – Survey available for librarian/school-librarian/teacher input on the nominations list
  • February – YRCA nominees announced