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CYRM Reading Contest

Many students will be reading the California Young Reader Medal nominee books in their classes. See the lists below.

CYRM Nominees are announced in February, even while voting is still taking place for the previous year's nominees.

CYRM Winners are the books with the most votes as of April.

2020-2021 CYRM Nominees

Intermediate Category:

  • The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street by Karina Yan Glaser
  • Save Me a Seat by Sarah Weeks
  • Restart by Gordon Korman

Middle School Category:

  • Sweep by Jonathan Auxier
  • Lily and Dunkin by Donna Gephart
  • Hope in the Holler by Lisa Lewis Tyre

For the nominated books in other categories, see the CYRM Nominees page.

2019-2020 CYRM Nominees

Intermediate Category:

  • The Detective's Assistant by Kate Hannigan
  • The Losers Club by Andrew Clements
  • The War I Finally Won by Kimberly Brubaker-Bradley

Middle School Category:

  • It Ain't So Awful, Falafel by Firoozeh Dumas
  • Refugee by Alan Gratz
  • When Friendship Followed Me Home by Paul Griffin

For the nominated books in other categories, see the CYRM Nominees page.

See Also

Past CYRM Reading Contests (2011-2019)

Remember that the nominees and winners from past years are just as great to read as the most recent nominees and winners!