Young Reader’s Choice Award

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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 her or him pleasure.

Nominations are taken only from the children, teachers, parents and librarians of the Pacific Northwest, Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Idaho, Montana, British Columbia, and Alberta. Nominated titles were published three years previously, printed in the U.S. or Canada and are already favorites with the readers. Only 4th to 12th graders in the Pacific Northwest are eligible to vote.

2018

2017

  • Cover of El DeafoJunior Division (4th-6th grades): El Deafo Cece Bell
  • Intermediate Division 7th-9th grades): The Iron Trial Holly Black and Cassandra Clare
  • Senior Division (10th-12th grades): Four Veronica Roth

2016

2015

  • Junior Division (4th-6th grades): Wonder R.J. Palacio
  • Intermediate Division (7th-9th grades): Drama Rain Telgemeier
  • Senior Division (10th-12th grades): The Fault in Our Stars John Green

2014

  • Book cover of Cabin FeverJunior Division (4th-6th grades): Cabin Fever Jeff Kinney
  • Intermediate Division (7th-9th grades): The Son of Neptune Rick Riordan
  • Senior Division (10th-12th grades): Divergent Veronica Roth

2013

  • Junior Division (4th-6th grades): The lost hero Rick Riordan
  • Intermediate Division (7th-9th grades): Smile Raina Telgemeier
  • Senior Division (10th-12th grades): Crazy Han Nolan

Book cover of 11 Birthdays2012

  • Junior Division (4th-6th grades): 11 birthdays Wendy Mass
  • Intermediate Division (7th-9th grades): Maze runner James Dashner
  • Senior Division (10th-12th grades): Shiver Maggie Stiefvater

2011

Book cover of City of Bones2010

2009

Book cover of A Dogs Life2008

2007

Cover: Eragon2006

2005

Book cover of Artemis Fowl2004

2003

Cover of Mary Bloody Mary2002

  • Junior Division (4th-6th grades): Bud, not Buddy Christopher Paul Curtis
  • Intermediate Division (7th-9th grades): Mary, bloody Mary Carolyn Meyer
  • Senior Division (10th-12th grades): Rewind William Sleator

2001

  • Junior (4th-8th grades): Holes Louis Sachar
  • Senior (9th-12th grades): The boxes William Sleator

Cover of A mouse called wolf2000

1999

Cover of Wayside school gets a little stranger1998

1997

Cover of The giver1996

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1991

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