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2020/2021 California Young Reader Medal Nominees
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Every year students vote for their favorite book nominated for the California Young Reader Medal.   The books are nominated by students, teachers, librarians and parents from all over California.  The fun part of this award is that only students are allowed to vote.  Kindergartners through third graders hear 5 picture books.  Fourth and fifth graders hear 3 older reader picture books.  Students will hear these books in the library beginning in January.  Fourth and fifth graders can also read 3 separate fiction, chapter books on their own.  If they read all 3 books, they vote for their favorite. Voting takes place in the library in March. 

The nominated books this year are:

Picture Books (K through 3rd)
After the Fall by Dan Santat
Alfie by Thyra Heder
Poor Louie by Tony Fucile
The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson
Madeline Finn and the Library Dog by Lisa Papp
Older Reader Picture Books (4th & 5th)
Sergeant Reckless by Patricia McCormick
Step Right Up by Donna Janell Bowman
Six Dots by Jen Bryant
Fiction Chapter Books (4th & 5th)
Restart by Gordon Korman
The Vanderbeeekers of 141st Street by Karina Yan Glaser
Save Me a Seat by Sarah Weeks
Our winners from 2019/2020 were:
Picture Book - The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors
Older Reader Picture Book - Her Right Foot
Chapter Book - The War I Finally Won