The Pacific Northwest Library Association's Young Reader's Choice Award is the oldest children's choice award in the U.S. and Canada. The award was established in 1940 by a Seattle bookseller, the late Harry Hartman, who believed every student should have an opportunity to select a book that gives him or her pleasure.

The Young Reader's Choice Award Selection Policy was revised by the Board of the Pacific Northwest Library Association in 2009.


Nominations are taken only from children, teachers, parents and librarians in the Pacific Northwest ~ Alaska, Alberta, British Columbia, Idaho, Montana and Washington.  Nominations will not be accepted from publishers.  Nominations of books that are a sequel in a series may be considered if there are no other suitable titles. Nominations may include fiction, non-fiction, graphic novels, animae and manga.

You can nominate a title by contacting your local State or Provincial Representative or send your nominations to the YRCA Chair. Nominations are usually due by February 1 each year. When nominating a title please include the following:
* Title
* Author
* Copyright Date
* Division where you feel the title is most appropriate 
-- Junior Division: Grades 4-6
-- Middle Division: Grades 7-9
-- Senior Division: Grades 10-12

Nominated titles are those published 3 years prior to the award year (for example, for the 2011 list nominees must have a copyright date of 2008), printed in the U.S. or Canada, and are already favorites with readers. 
All nominations will be reviewed and voted on by a committee assigned to a particular division (Junior/Middle/Senior) and student input may be used when shortlisting, if possible.


Books will be judged on popularity with readers.  Age appropriateness will be considered when choosing which of the three divisions a book is placed. Other considerations may include reading enjoyment; reading level; interest level; genre representation; gender representation; racial diversity; diversity of social, political, economic, or religions viewpoints; regional consideration; effectiveness of expression; and imagination.

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.


Only 4th to 12th graders whose state or province are PNLA members are eligible to vote. Annual voting takes place March 15th through April 15th. 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. Votes for YRCA 2014 will be submitted online. More information will be available in January 2013. 


All nominations are due to the YRCA Chair by February 1. The final YRCA nomination list is determined by the YRCA Chair, with guidance from the three division committees. The YRCA Chair has final authority to use her/his judgment in selecting titles that appear on the ballot. Each division will be no more than eight (8) titles or fewer than six (6) titles. The final YRCA list will be posted by March 1.

Will the changes being made to YRCA for the 2014 award year change the timeline? - Yes, some deadlines may be extended, but YRCA contacts will be notified and changes will be posted on the PNLA website at least a few weeks in advance. Please contact the YRCA Chair if you have any questions. 

When do we vote? - Between March 15 and April 15. 

Where do we vote? - Generally, in a student's school library but a participating public library may also conduct balloting.

How do we vote? - A participating institution may design its own ballot or use the one provided on the PNLA website.

Where should we send the ballots? - The voting on YRCA nominees will take place between March 15th and April 15th. Votes will be submitted to the state/provincial YRCA representatives or to the YRCA Chair. 

When are the winners announced? - In mid-April.

Who's my State or Provincial YRCA Representative?

Where can I find a list of past nominees and winners?

Where can I find Teacher's Resources for the nominees and winners?

Where can I find more information about YRCA?