You’ve heard of the YMCA — it’s where we here in Wood River Valley swim and climb the rock wall.
The YRCA’s are something different. YRCA stands for the Young Reader’s Choice Awards, the oldest children’s choice award in the United States and Canada. Since 1940, the YRCAs have been giving children and kids a voice in selecting and giving awards to their favorite books. Founder Harry Hartman believed that “every students should have an opportunity to select a book that gives him or her pleasure.” Reading for pleasure is a quality of a life-long reader and is important in children’s development.
The 2014 YRCA Nominees have been announced. It is time to read them so you are ready to vote for your favorites between March 15 – April 15. How does it work?
Only 4th to 12th graders in the Pacific Northwest are eligible to vote. Students must have read or listened to at least two of the nominated titles in order to vote. Students may vote in more than one division, however, they must have read at least two books in the division in which they are voting. Official voting happens in the spring, but you are welcome to come give the books you read a thumbs up or down here in The Children’s Library.
Also, check with your teacher. Some classes have YRCA parties in the spring for those who’ve read some of the nominees. Students at Wood River Middle School are invited to a huge YRCA voting party in the spring at the WRMS Library (think pizza, ice cream, prizes). WRMS students must read 4 titles to attend. Even without a party, reading the YRCA Nominees can be fun. After all, these books are kid favorites. Maybe you’ll find your new favorite too.