Year after year, since 1940, the Young Reader’s Choice Awards (YRCA) have engaged young readers by encouraging them to read the nominated selections and vote for their favourites.
This year was no different, with thousands of readers in grades 4 to 12 reading and voting for their favourite titles.
Administered by the Pacific Northwest Library Association, YRCA is the longest-running youth choice award in North America involving young readers in both the United States and Canada.
Airdrie Public Library (APL) has participated in this exciting program for several years by promoting the event locally and by ensuring nominated books are on hand in both physical and digital formats.
This year-long reading program is open to children in grades 4 to 12 living in Alaska, Alberta, British Columbia, Idaho, Montana, and Washington.
Not only do participants get to have fun reading from a broad selection of recently published books, they also have a voice in deciding who wins.
Participants are asked to read at least two nominees in each division and pick their favourite authors.
Voting ran from March 15 to April 15 this year.
There are three divisions – junior (grades 4-6), intermediate (grades 7-9) and senior (grades 10-12) – but participants could read and vote in every division, no matter their grade.
And this YRCA’s winners are:
- Junior Division: New Kid by Jerry Craft
- Intermediate Division: The Bridge Home by Padma Venkatraman
- Senior Division: We Set the Dark on Fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia
You can place a hold on these winning titles online through APL’s TRACPac.
Also happening at APL this month:
Our Teen Movies event is happening at the library on Friday, May 27 at 7 p.m.
Also, look for Makerspace Exploration, on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 4 and 4:30 p.m., where groups of four work on a different piece of technology.
For more information on YRCA or any of our programs and services, visit airdriepubliclibrary.ca.