Pacific Northwest Library Association’s Young Reader’s Choice Award

The Pacific Northwest Library Association’s Young Reader’s Choice Award is the oldest children’s choice award in Canada and the US. It is the only regional award chosen by children of the two countries. 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 him or her pleasure. Nominations are taken only from children, teachers, parents and librarians in the Pacific Northwest - Alaska, Alberta, British Columbia, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington. Nominated titles are those published within the previous three years, printed in the US or Canada, and are already favourites with readers. Only 4th to 12th graders in the Pacific Northwest are eligible to vote. In 1991, the award was divided into two categories: Youth and Senior. In 2002 the categories changed again to better accommodate readers: Junior (grades 4-6), Intermediate (grades 7-9) and Senior (grades 10-12). Annual voting takes place March 15th through April 1st.


Administered By
Pacific Northwest Library Association



Contact Us
Jocie Wilson, YRCA Chair
Client Services Librarian
Yellowhead Regional Library
433 King Street, Box 4270
Spruce Grove, AB T7X 3B4
Tel: 780-962-2003 ext 223


Awards Recipients

Year Detail Recipient
2014 Junior Jeff Kinney, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever. New York: Amulet Books, 2011.
2014 Intermediate Rick Riordan, The Son of Neptune. New York: Disney-Hyperion Books, 2011.
2014 Senior Veronica Roth, Divergent. New York: Katherine Tegen Books, 2011.
2013 Junior Rick Riordan, The Lost Hero. New York: Disney-Hyperion Books, 2010.
2013 Intermediate Raina Telgemeier, Smile. New York: Graphix, 2010.
2013 Senior Han Nolan, Crazy. Boston: Harcourt, 2010.
2012 Junior Wendy Mass, 11 Birthdays. New York, Scholastic Press, 2009.
2012 Intermediate James Dashner, Maze Runner. New York: Delacorte Press, 2009.
2012 Senior Maggie Stiefvater, Shiver. New York: Scholastic Press, 2009.
2011 Junior Kazu Kibuishi, Amulet: The Stonekeeper. New York: Graphix/Scholastic, 2008.
2011 Intermediate Meg Cabot, Airhead. Waterville, ME: Thorndike Press, 2009.
2011 Senior Ellizabeth C. Bunce, A Curse Dark as Gold. New York: Arthur A. Levine Books, 2008.
2010 Junior Jeff Kinney, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Greg Heffley's Journal. New York: Amulet Books, 2007.
2010 Intermediate Gordon Korman, Schooled. Toronto: Scholastic Canada, 2007.
2010 Senior Cassandra Clare, City of Bones. New York: Margaret K. McElderry, 2007.
2009 Junior Kate Dicamillo, Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane. Illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline. Cambridge, MA: Candlewick Press, 2006.
2009 Intermediate John Boyne, Boy in the Striped Pajamas. New York: David Fickling Books, 2006.
2009 Senior Stephenie Meyer, New Moon. New York: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2006.
2008 Junior Ann M. Martin, A Dog's Life: Autobiography of a Stray. New York: Scholastic Press, 2005.
2008 Intermediate Rick Riordan, The Lightning Thief. New York: Miramax Books/Hyperion Books for Children, 2005.
2008 Senior Jodi Lynn Anderson, Peaches. New York: HarperCollins, 2005.
2007 Junior Cornelia Funke, Dragon Rider. Translated by Anthea Bell. New York: Chicken House/Scholastic, 2004.
2007 Intermediate Eoin Colfer, The Supernaturalist. New York: Miramax Books/Hyperion Books for Children, 2004.
2007 Senior Terry Pratchett, A Hat Full of Sky. New York: HarperCollins, 2004
2006 Junior Kate DiCamillo, The Tale of Despereaux. Illustrated by Timothy Basil Ering. Cambridge, MA: Candlewick Press, 2003.
2006 Intermediate Christopher Paolini, Eragon. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2003.
2006 Senior K. L. Going, Fat Kid Rules the World. New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2003.
2005 Junior Cornelia Funke, The Thief Lord. Translated by Oliver Latsch. New York: Scholastic, 2002.
2005 Intermediate Gordon Korman, Son of the Mob. Markham, ON: Scholastic Canada, 2002.
2005 Senior Nancy Farmer, The House of the Scorpion. New York: Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2002.
2004 Junior Joseph Bruchac, Skeleton Man. New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 2001.
2004 Intermediate Eoin Colfer, Artemis Fowl. New York: Hyperion Books For Children, 2001.
2004 Senior Ann Brashares, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. New York: Delacorte Press, 2001.
2003 Junior Kate Dicamillo, Because of Winn-Dixie. Cambridge, MA: Candlewick Press, 2000.
2003 Intermediate Gordon Korman, No More Dead Dogs. New York: Hyperion Books, 2000.
2003 Senior Joan Bauer, Hope Was Here. New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2000.
2002 Junior Christopher Paul Curtis, Bud, Not Buddy. New York: Delacorte Press, 1999.
2002 Intermediate Carolyn Meyer, Mary, Bloody Mary. San Diego: Harcourt Brace, 1999.
2002 Senior William Sleator, Rewind. New York: Dutton Children’s Books, 1999.
2001 Youth Louis Sachar, Holes. New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1998.
2001 Senior William Sleator, The Boxes. New York: Dutton Children’s Books, 1998.
2000 Youth Dick King-Smith, A Mouse Called Wolf. New York: Crown Publishers, 1997.
2000 Senior Mel Glenn, The Taking of Room 114. New York: Lodestar Books, 1997.
1999 Youth Andrew Clements, Frindle. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1996.
1999 Senior Eve Bunting, SOS Titanic. San Diego: Harcourt Brace, 1996.
1998 Youth Louis Sachar, Wayside School Gets a Little Stranger. New York: Morrow Junior Books, 1995.
1998 Senior Karen Cushman, The Midwife’s Apprentice. New York: Clarion Books, 1995.
1997 Youth Eve Bunting, Nasty Stinky Sneakers. New York: HarperCollins, 1994.
1997 Senior Caroline B. Cooney, Driver’s Ed. New York: Delacorte Press, 1994.
1996 Youth Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, The Boys Start the War. New York: Delacorte Press, 1993.
1996 Senior Lois Lowry, The Giver. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1993.
1995 Youth Peg Kahret, Terror at the Zoo. New York: Cobblehill Books/Dutton, 1992.
1995 Senior Lois Duncan, Who Killed My Daughter New York: Delacorte Press, 1992.
1994 Youth Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, Shiloh. New York: Atheneum, 1991.
1994 Senior Ann Rinaldi, Wolf by the Ears. New York: Scholastic, 1991.
1993 Youth Jerry Spinelli, Maniac Magee. Boston: Little Brown and Co., 1990.
1993 Senior Caroline B. Cooney, The Face on the Milk Carton. New York: Bantam Books, 1990.
1992 Youth Bill Wallace, Danger in Quicksand Swamp. New York: Holiday House, 1989.
1992 Senior Peter Dickinson, Eva. New York: Delacorte Press, 1989.
1991 Youth Ann M. Martin, Ten Kids, No Pets. New York: Holiday House, 1988.
1991 Senior Jenny Davis, Sex Education. New York: Orchard Books, 1988.
1990 Louis Sachar, There’s a Boy in the Girls’ Bathroom. New York: Knopf, 1987.
1989 Mary Downing Hahn, Wait Till Helen Comes: A Ghost Story. New York: Clarion Books, 1986.
1988 Barthe DeClements, Sixth Grade Can Really Kill You. New York: Viking Kestrel, 1985.
1987 Robert Smith, The War With Grandpa. New York: Delacorte Press, New York, 1984.
1986 Betty Ren Wright, The Dollhouse Murders. New York: Holiday House, 1983.
1985 Jamie Gilson, Thirteen Ways to Sink a Sub. New York: Lothrop, Lee & Shepard, 1982.
1984 Lynn Reid Banks, The Indian in the Cupboard. New York: Avon Books, 1981.
1983 Judy Blume, Superfudge. New York: Dutton, 1980.
1982 Deborah and James Howe, Bunnicula: A Rabbit Tale of Mystery. New York: Atheneum, 1979.
1981 Ellen Conford, Hail, Hail Camp Timberwood. Boston: Little Brown and Co., 1978.
1980 Beverly Cleary, Ramona and Her Father. New York: Morrow, 1977.
1979 Mildred Taylor, Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry. New York: Dial Press, 1976.
1978 John D. Fitzgerald, The Great Brain Does it Again. New York: Dial Press, 1975.
1977 Judy Blume, Blubber. Scarsdale, New York: Bradbury Press, 1974.
1976 John D. Fitzgerald, The Great Brain Reforms. New York: Dial Press, 1973.
1975 Judy Blume, Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing. New York: Dutton, 1972.
1974 Robert C. O’Brien, Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH. New York: Atheneum, 1971.
1972 Donald J. Sobol, Encyclopedia Brown Keeps the Peace. New York: Nelson, 1969.
1971 Beverly Cleary, Ramona the Pest. New York: Morrow, 1968.
1970 William Corbin, Smoke. New York: Coward-McCann, 1967.
1969 Keith Robertson, Henry Reed’s Baby-Sitting Service. New York: Viking, 1966.
1968 Beverly Cleary, The Mouse and the Motorcycle. New York: Morrow, 1965.
1967 Ian Fleming, Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang. New York: Random House, 1964.
1966 Sterling North, Rascal. New York: Dutton, 1963.
1965 Richard Tregaskis, John F. Kennedy and PT-109. New York: Random House, 1962.
1964 Sheila Burnford, The Incredible Journey. Boston: Little Brown and Co., 1961.
1963 Jay Williams, Danny Dunn on the Ocean Floor. New York: McGraw, 1960.
1962 Stewart Holbrook, The Swamp Fox of the Revolution. New York: Random House, 1959.
1961 Jay Williams, Danny Dunn and the Homework Machine. New York: McGraw, 1958.
1960 Beverly Cleary, Henry and the Paper Route. New York: Morrow, 1957.
1959 Fred Gipson, Old Yeller. New York: Harper & Row, 1956.
1958 William Corbin, Golden Mare. New York: Coward-McCann, 1955.
1957 Beverly Cleary, Henry and Ribsy. New York: Morrow, 1954.
1956 Ellen MacGregor, Miss Pickerell Goes to Mars. New York: Whittlesey House, 1951.
1952 Marguerite Henry, Sea Star. Chicago: Rand McNally, 1949.
1951 Marguerite Henry, King of the Wind. Chicago: Rand McNally, 1948.
1950 Dr. Seuss, McElligot’s Pool. New York: Random House, 1947.
1949 Shannon Garst, Cowboy Boots. New York: Abington-Cokesbury, 1946.
1948 Walter Farley, The Black Stallion Returns. New York: Random House, 1945.
1947 Robert McCloskey, Homer Price. New York: Viking Press, 1943.
1946 Jack O’Brien, The Return of the Silver Chief. New York: Grosset and Dunlop Publishers, 1943.
1945 Marie McSwigan, Snow Treasure. New York: E.P. Dutton, 1942.
1944 Walter Farley, The Black Stallion. New York: Random House, 1941.
1943 Eric Knight, Lassie Come-Home. Philadelphia: Winston, 1940.
1942 Laura Ingalls Wilder, By the Shores of Silver Lake. New York: Harper, 1939.
1941 Richard and Florence Atwater, Mr. Popper’s Penguins. Boston: Little Brown and Co., 1938.
1940 Dell J. McCormick, Paul Bunyan Swings His Axe. Caldwell, ID: Caxton, 1936.