California Young Reader Medal Official Website
FAQ

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Where do I get the books?
Where can I buy the books?
Why don’t all the books come in paperback?
Can we only read the books nominated in our grade level?
Why are there suggested grade levels for each category?
Can publishers nominate books?
Who designed the CYRM logo?

 

Where do I get the books?
Check your school or local public library.
 
Where can I buy the books?
You can purchase the books from many sources. Check your local bookstores that carry children’s books (independent booksellers, Barnes and Noble, Borders, etc.) You can also check online sources such as amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com, etc. Ask your school librarian for more sources.
 
Why don’t all the books come in paperback?
This decision is made by the publishers. The CYRM Committee appraises each publisher of nominated books and asks for their commitment to keep the book in print for at least another year and a half. Other than that, the committee has no way of making a publisher publish the book in paperback.
 
Can we only read the books nominated in our grade level?
Students can read and vote in one or more categories as long as they read all the books nominated in that category.
 
Why are there suggested grade levels for each category?
The suggested grade levels for each category are to help guide teachers and students as to the appropriateness of the content of books. These suggested grade levels are not based on reading levels but rather how appropriate a book’s content is for students in certain grades.
 
Can publishers nominate books?
No, this is a student program and books can only be nominated and voted upon by students.
 
Who designed the CYRM logo?
The CYRM logo was created by artist Kathleen Womble at the request of Becca Watchman, one of the founders of the California Young Reader Medals. Both women were employed by the Lucia Mar Unified School District in Arroyo Grande, California.