Louisiana Readers' Choice
Louisiana Young Readers' Choice Award

The Louisiana Young Readers' Choice program was founded in 1999 with the first award given in 2000. Participation in this program has climbed from 5,485 votes the first year to over 29,000 students participating in 2009. The purpose of the program is to foster a love of reading in the children of Louisiana by motivating them to participate in the recognition of outstanding books. The lists are well-balanced selections of high-quality fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Now entering its 24th year, the program continues to encourage Louisiana’s youth to read for pleasure. The Louisiana Young Readers’ Choice Award is a reading enrichment program of the Louisiana Center for the Book in the State Library with additional support from the following sponsors:



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3-5th Grade
Winner: The Crayon Man: The True Story of the Invention of Crayola Crayons (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) written by Natascha Biebow, illustrated by Steven Salerno
Honor: Titan and the Wild Boars: The True Cave Rescue of the Thai Soccer Team (HarperCollins Children's Books) written by Susan Hood and Pathana Sornhiran, illustrated by Dow Phumiruk
6-8th Grade
Winner: New Kid (Quill Tree Books, HarperCollins) written and illustrated by Jerry Craft
Honor: Maybe He Just Likes You (Aladdin, Simon & Schuster) written by Barbara Dee
9-12th Grade
Winner: Two Can Keep a Secret (Delacorte Press, Penguin Random House) written by Karen M. McManus
Honor: With the Fire on High (Quill Tree Books, HarperCollins) written by Elizabeth Acevedo


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Promotional materials, including posters, brochures, bookmarks, and seals for award books, are available free of charge while supplies last. Promotional materials may be ordered by downloading and filling out the LYRC Order Form or the LTRC Order Form and e-mailing the form to Megan Thomas, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or faxing to 225-342-3547. (As of September 27, 2022, materials are still available and are still being mailed.)

Any student who reads every title on their Louisiana Readers’ Choice Nominated list can receive a certificate of achievement signed by the State Librarian. 

If you have any questions regarding the program, please contact Youth Services Consultant, Megan Thomas at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 225-342-9716.

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LYRC Study Guides 2011

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Study Guides
3-5th Grade LYRC 2011

Two Bobbies by, Kirby & Mary Nethery Larson
Dodger and Me by Jordan Sonnenblick
Boys of Steel by Mark Tyler Nobleman
Key to Rondo by Emily Rodda
When Sergeant Came Marching Home by Don Lemna
Eleven by Patricia Reilly Giff
There’s a Wolf at the Door by Zoe B. Alley
Nic Bishop Frogs by Nic Bishop
The Wolves Are Back by Jean Craighead George
One Hen: How One Small Loan Made a Difference by Katie Smith Milway
Blacker the Berry: Poems by Joyce Carol by Joyce Carol Thomas
Oh Brother by Nikki Grimes
The Dragon in the Sock Drawer by Kate Klimo
Molly the Pony: A True Story by Pam Kaster
The Apple-Pip Princess by Jane Ray

Study Guides
6-8th Grade LYRC 2011

Amulet: The Stonekeeper (Book One) by Kazu Kibuishi
Bewitching Season by Marissa Doyle
Boys are Dogs by Leslie Margolis
The Cabinet of Wonders by Marie Rutkoski
The Dangerous Days of Daniel X by James Patterson
Diamond Willow  by Helen Frost
FOUND: The Missing Series by Margaret Peterson Haddix
The Great Wide Sea by Madaline Herlong
Hot, Sour, Salty, Sweet by Sherri L. Smith
The Juvie Three by Gordon Korman
Stolen by Vivian Vande Velde
Write Before Your Eyes by Lisa Williams Kline

Other Study Guides

The Great Wide Sea: An Idea Book for Teachers Prepared by M.H. Herlong


How to VOTE

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Voting for the 2022-2023 school year will open in January 2023!

Voting Deadline is May 1st, 2023.  

3-5th Grade

  • Student Voting Link - voting has closed
    This link is for students to vote for their favorite book individually online. 
  • Librarian / Teacher Link - voting has closed
    This is for educators to enter combined student votes from paper ballots and voting machines.

6-8th Grade

  • Student Voting Link - voting has closed
    This link is for students to vote for their favorite book individually online.
  • Librarian / Teacher Link - voting has closed
    This is for educators to enter combined student votes from paper ballots and voting machines.

9-12th Grade

  • Student Voting Link - voting has closed
    This link is for students to vote for their favorite book individually online.
  • Librarian / Teacher Link - voting has closed
    This is for educators to enter combined student votes from paper ballots and voting machines.

* Voting Machine information at the bottom of page


2011 LYRC Grades 6-8 Consideration List

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LYRC 2011 Grade 6-8th
Consideration List

The following titles were strongly considered by the 6-8th grade LYRC committee but did not make the final list of 12 nominated titles:

After Tupac and D Foster by Jacqueline Woodson 0399246541
Alive and Well in Prague, New York by Daphne Grab 0061256706
Antsy Does Time by Neal Shusterman 0-525-47825-6
Beanball by Gene Fehler
The Big Field by Mike Lupica 0399246258
The Big Splash by Jack D. Ferraiolo 0-8109-7067-8
The Boy Who Dared by Susan Campbell Bartoletti 0-439-68013-1
Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson 1416905855
Dead is the New Black by Marlene Perez 0-15-206408-7
Every Soul a Star by Wendy Mass 0316002569
The First Escape (The Dopple Ganger Chronicles, Book 1) by G. P. Taylor 978-1-905692-22-4.
Greetings from Nowhere by Barbara O’Connor 0374399379
Itch by Michelle D. Kwasney 0-8050-8083-X
Jimmy’s Stars by Mary Ann Rodman 0374337039
Knucklehead: Tall Tales and Mostly True Stories About Growing Up Scieska by Jon “Scieska” ISBN-13 9780670011063
Last Invisible Boy by Evan Kuhlman 1-4169-5797-9 240
Magic Thief by Sarah Prineas 0-06-137587-X
Maze of Bones: 39 Clues Series by Rick Riordan 0545060397
The Mysterious Case of the Allbright Academy by Diane Stanley 0060858176
Nation by Terry Pratchett 0-06-143301-2
Rapunzel’s Revenge by Shannon and Dean Hale. 1-59990-070-X.
Ruby Key by Holly Lisle 0545000122.
School Spirit: Suddenly Supernatural Series Book 1 by Elizabeth Cody Kimmel 0316066834
Secret of Laurel Oaks by Lois Ruby 0765313669
Seer of Shadows by Avi 0060000155
Simon Bloom, the Gravity Keeper by Michael Reisman 0525479228
Six Innings: A Game in the Life by James Preller 0-312-36763-5
Smiles to Go by Jerry Spinelli 0060281332
Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow by Jessica Day George 1-59990-109-9.
Waiting for Normal by Leslie Connor 0-06-089089-4
When the Black Girl Sings by Bil Wright 1416939954
Zor Ga Ma Zoo by Robert Paul Weston 1-59514-199-5


2011 LYRC Grades 6-8 Ballot

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Louisiana Young Readers’ Choice Award
Ballot 2011
Grades 6-8

“Amulet: The Stonekeeper Book One” by Kazu Kibuishi. 192 pages. Join Emily and Navin on their dark adventure to free their mother from a sinister underground world in this beautifully illustrated graphic novel.
Trade Cloth. Scholastic, Incorporated. 2008. 0-439-84680-3. $21.99 (Retail), $13.19 (School).
Trade Paper. Scholastic, Inc. 2008. 0-439-84681-1. $9.99.

“Bewitching Season” by Marissa Doyle. 352 pages. Seventeen year-old Persephone is on a magical adventure to thwart a plot that could harm Queen Victoria.
Trade Cloth. Henry Holt & Company. 2008. 0-8050-8251-4. $16.95.
Trade Paper. Henry Holt & Company. 2008. 0-312-59695-2. $8.99.

“Boys are Dogs” by Leslie Margolis. 192 pages. Do you have boy trouble? Do you have dog trouble? Did you know you can “fix’ both troubles the same way? In this humorous story, Sixth-grader Annabelle discovers that dealing with the boys at her new school is a lot like training a puppy.
Trade Cloth. Bloomsbury Publishing. 2008. 1-59990-221-4. $15.99.
Trade Paper. Bloomsbury Publishing. 2008. 1-59990-381-4. $6.99.
Compact Disc. Brilliance Audio. January 2009. 1-4233-7728-1. $24.99.

“The Cabinet of Wonders: Kronos Chronicles book 1” by Marie Rutkoski. 272 pages. After building a magical clock for Prince Rodolfo, Petra’s father returns home blinded. The prince stole his eyes so he could never create another clock. Join Petra, her pet spider, and a young pickpocket on their magical adventure to retrieve her father’s eyes. 
Trade Cloth. Farrar, Straus, & Giroux. 2008. 0-374-31026-2. $16.95.
Trade Paper. Square Fish. March 2010. 0-312-60239-1. $6.99.
Compact Disc. Macmillan Audio. 2008. 1-4272-0548-5. $29.95.

“The Dangerous Days of Daniel X” by James Patterson. 272 pages. Follow Daniel on a multi-dimensional journey full of action, adventure, romance, suspense and aliens to discover who killed his family.
Trade Cloth. Little, Brown, & Company. 2008. 0-316-00292-5. $19.99.
Trade Paper. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. 2008. 0-316-00293-3. $7.99.
Compact Disc. Hachette Audio. 2009. 1-60024-615-X. $14.98.

“Diamond Willow” by Helen Frost. 111 pages. In this short Alaskan adventure story, a young girl with her sled team survive a snowstorm. Willow discovers her family roots and secrets along with a deep abiding love for her dog. The book is written in easy-to-read verse form.
Trade Cloth. Farrar, Straus, & Giroux. 2008. 0-374-31776-3. $16.00.

“FOUND: The Missing Series” by Margaret Peterson Haddix. 320 pages. In this suspense mystery, thirty-six adopted 13-year-olds receive the same cryptic message: “You are one of the missing.” Mysterious forces bring them together as they discover the startling truths about their identities.
Trade Cloth. Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing. 2008. 1-4169-5417-1. $15.99.
Trade Paper. Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing. 2008. 1-4169-5421-X. $6.99.
Compact Disc. Recorded Books, LLC. 2008.1-4361-0694-X. $87.75.

“The Great Wide Sea” by Madaline Herlong. 288 pages. Devastated by their mother’s sudden death, 15-year-old Ben and his two younger brothers are shocked when their father sells their home and announces that they are going to live on a sailboat. During a storm at sea their father goes missing. Lost and on a crippled sailboat the boys must survive on their own.
Trade Cloth. Penguin Group USA. 2008. 0-670-06330-4. $16.99.

“Hot, Sour, Salty, Sweet” by Sherri L. Smith. 176 pages. In order to impress her crush, Ana Shen invites him to her 8th grade graduation dinner. Unfortunately, her African-American grandparents and her Chinese grandparents do not always see eye to eye. Could this be a recipe for disaster?
Trade Cloth. Dell Publishing. 2008. 0-385-73417-4. $15.99.
Trade Paper. Random House Children’s Publishing. 2009. 0-440-23988-5. $6.99.

“The Juvie Three” by Gordon Korman. 256 pages. Arjay, Gecko, and Terence have messed up big. They are each serving time in juvenile prison but are offered a second chance in a group home with Mr. Healy. If any one of them mess up again they all go back to incarceration. They like the freedom but can they obey the strict rules, get along, and keep each other from messing this up?
Trade Cloth. Hyperion. 2008. 1-4231-0158-8. $15.99.
Trade Paper. Hyperion. 2008. 1-4231-0162-6. $7.99.

Stolen” by Vivian Vande Velde. 288 pages. Isabelle doesn’t know who she is. Could she be the little girl that the witch stole six years earlier? In this chilling suspense story, Isabelle must discovery her identity in time to save herself. 
Trade Cloth. Marshall Cavendish Corporation. 2008. 0-7614-5515-9. $16.99.

“Write Before Your Eyes” by Lisa Williams Kline. 192 pages. Gracie’s adventure begins when she finds an old blank journal at a yard sale. She discovers that everything she writes in the journal comes true and Gracie quickly must learn to be careful as she writes solutions to her family’s problems.
Trade Cloth. Random House Children’s Books. 2008. 0-385-73568-5. $15.99.
Library Binding. Random House Children’s Books. 2008. 0-385-90556-4. $18.99.


2011 LYRC Grades 3-5 Consideration List

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2011 LYRC Grades 3-5
Consideration List

The following titles were strongly considered by the 3-5th grade LYRC committee but did not make the final list of 15 nominated titles:

11 Planets: A New View of the Solar System by David Aguilar 1-4263-0236-3
100 Days and 99 Nights by Alan Madison 0-316-11354-9
The 100-Year-Old Secret (Secret Files, Book 1) by Tracy Barrett 0-8050-8340-5
The Adventures of Sir Lancelot the Great by Gerald Morris 0-618-77714-8
Alvin Ho: Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things by Leonore Look 0-375-85705-2
Art from Her Heart: Fold Artist Clementine Hunter by Kathy Whitehead 0-399-24219-8
Bats at the Library by Brian Lies 0-618-99923-X
Buffalo Music by Tracy E. Fern 0-618-72341-2
A Dog On His Own by Mary Jane Auch 0-8234-2088-4
Duel! Burr and Hamilton’s Deadly War of Words by Dennis B. Fradin 0-8027-9583-8
First Dog Fala by Elizabeth Van Steenwyk 1-56145-411-7
Helen’s Eyes by Marfe Ferguson Delano 1-4263-0209-6
Help Me Mister Mutt by Janet Stevens 0-15-204628-3
Hip Hop Speaks to Children by Nikki Giovanni 1-4022-1048-5
I, Vivaldi by Janice Jordan Shefelman 0-8028-5318-8
Julia Gillian (and the Art of Knowing) by Alison McGhee 0-545-03350-0
Let It Begin Here by Don Brown 1-59643-221-7
Manfish: A Story of Jacques Cousteau by Jennifer Berne 0-8118-6063-9
Medusa Jones by Ross Collins 0-439-90101-4
Mr. Lincoln’s Boys by Stanton Rabin 0-670-06169-7
Night Running by Elisa Carbone 0-375-82247-X
Nurk by Ursula Vernon, Ursula 1-934180-66-1
Pale Male by Janet Schulman 1-4379-6586-5.
Phillis’s Big Test by Catherine Clinton 0-618-73739-1
Piano Starts Here: The Young Art Tatum by Robert Andrew Parker 0-375-83965-8
Riding to Washington by Gwenyth Swain 1-58536-324-3
Spuds by Karen Hesse 0-439-87993-0
Stand Tall, Abe Lincoln! by Judith St. George 1-4379-6586-5
Swindle by Gordon Korman 0-439-90344-0.
That Book Woman by Heather Henson, Heather 1-4169-0812-9.
The Totally Made-Up Civil War Diary of Amanda MacLeish by Claudia Mills 0-374-37696-4
What to Do about Alice? How Alice Roosevelt Broke the Rules, Charmed the World, and Drove Her Father Teddy Crazy!  by Barbara Kerley 0-439-92231-3
When the Wolves Returned: Restoring Nature’s Balance in Yellowstone by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent 0-8027-9686-9


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