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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2011 LYRC Grades 3-5 Ballot

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Louisiana Young Readers’ Choice Award
Ballot 2011
Grades 3-5

“The Apple-Pip Princess” by Jane Ray. Illustrated by Jane Ray. 32 pages. This beautifully illustrated book is a sweet tale of humility winning over the loud shouts of steel and the towering heights of buildings. This story is a tribute to the adage “the meek shall inherit the earth”.
Trade Cloth: Candlewick Press. 2008. 0-7636-3747-5. $16.99.

“The Blacker the Berry” by Joyce Carol Thomas. Illustrated by Floyd Cooper. 32 pages. This vibrantly illustrated book contains 13 original poems dealing with identity. The underlying theme is that beauty is within and you are beautiful no matter what your outward appearance is.
Trade Cloth. HarperCollins Publishers. 2008. 0-06-025375-4. $16.99.
Library Binding. HarperCollins Publishers. 2008. 0-06-025376-2. $17.89.

“Boys of Steel: The Creators of Superman” by Mark Tyler Nobleman. Illustrated by Ross MacDonald. 40 pages. This biographical picture book describes the lives of Superman’s creators. From the first glimmer of an idea in someone’s head to Superman’s humble pen-and-ink beginnings through his continued popularity, every comic book fan should know the true story of Superman’s creators.
Trade Cloth. Random House Children’s Books. 2008. 0-375-83802-3. $16.99.
Library Binding. Random House Children’s Books. 2008. 0-375-93802-8. $19.99.

“Dodger and Me” by Jordan Sonnenblick. 176 pages. Willie Ryan must overcome his only friend moving away, his failure as a baseball player and issues with his overprotective mother. This is nothing compared to what happens when he meets a magical blue chimp named Dodger, complete with three wishes to help him overcome these issues. Along the way Willie learns the true meaning of loyalty and friendship. 
Trade Cloth. Feiwel & Friends. 2008. 0-312-37793-2. $16.95.
Trade Paper. Feiwel & Friends. 2009. 0-312-56122-9. $6.99.
Compact Disc. Brilliance Audio. 2009. 1-4233-8243-9. $19.99.

“The Dragon in the Sock Drawer” by Kate Klimo. Illustrated by John Schroades. 176 pages. Jesse and Daisy are thrilled when a rock they find hatches a baby dragon. They have always longed for adventure but soon discover that taking care of their new charge and protecting it from an evil dragon slayer may prove to be too much.
Trade Cloth. Random House Children’s Books. 2008. 0-375-85587-4. $14.99.
Library Binding. Random House Children’s Books. 2008. 0-375-95587-9. $17.99.
Digest Paperback. Random House Children’s Books. 2008. 0-375-85588-2. $5.99.
Compact Disc. Brilliance Audio. September 2009. 1-4418-0218-5. $19.99.

“Eleven” by Patricia Reilly Griff. 176 pages. Just before his eleventh birthday, Sam’s dreams fill with frightening images after he finds an old newspaper clipping that raises questions about his identity. With the help of a new friend, Sam, who was never a good reader, works on a school project and explores questions of his past and faces his fears.
Trade Cloth. Dell Publishing. 2008. 0-385-73069-1. $15.99
Library Binding. Random House Children’s Books. 2008. 0-385-90098-8. $18.99.
Digest Paperback. Random House Children’s Books. 2009. 0-440-23802-1. $6.50.
Compact Disc. Random House Audio Publishing Group. 2008. 0-7393-6280-1. $25.00.

“The Key to Rondo” by Emily Rodda. 2008. 224 pages. After cousins Mimi and Leo break the rules about a music box Leo inherited, they find themselves transported to Rondo, the magical kingdom shown on the box. There a talking pig joins Mimi and Leo on their quest to save Mimi’s dog from the evil Blue Queen.
Trade Cloth. Scholastic, Inc. 2008. 0-545-03535-X. $10.19 (School), $16.99.
Digest Paperback. Scholastic, Inc. 2008. 0-545-03536-8. $6.99.

“Molly the Pony: A True Story” by Pam Kaster. 30 pages. Molly is a survivor. She survived Hurricane Katrina alone and found the determination and zest for life to overcome the hardships of survival and become a role model for all.
Trade Cloth. Louisiana State University Press. 2008. 0-8071-3320-5. $15.95.

“Nic Bishop Frogs” by Nic Bishop. Photographs by Nic Bishop. 48 pages. Eye-catching photos and simple, yet informative text are combined in this fascinating book that is certain to attract children (even if they don’t have to write a report on frogs). The photos of frogs from all over the world nearly leap off the pages, making this title irresistible.
Trade Cloth. Scholastic, Inc. 2008. 0-439-87755-5. $10.79 (School), $17.99.

“Oh, Brother” by Nikki Grimes. Illustrated by Mike Benny. 32 pages. In a series of poems brought to life with paintings, Xavier comes to terms with his mother’s remarriage. He decides that the addition of a stepfather, stepbrother and a new baby are all important notes in a new song to sing.
Picture Book. HarperCollins Publishers. 2008. 0-688-17294-6. $16.99.
Library Binding. HarperCollins Publishers. 2008. 0-688-17295-4. $17.89.

“One Hen: How One Small Loan Made a Difference” by Katie Smith Milway. Illustrated by Eugenie Fernandes. 32 pages. In this inspiring story, Kojo, a young African boy, learns that taking the small step of selling eggs from his hen leads to a successful small business. After he becomes an adult, this also leads to the opportunity of helping others start their own small businesses.
Trade Cloth. Kids Can Press, Limited. 2008. 1-55453-028-8. $18.95.

“There’s a Wolf at the Door” by Zoe Alley. Illustrated by R.W. Alley. 40 pages. Five classic tales are retold in this tongue and cheek graphic story. That icon of villains, the Wolf, strolls through fairy tale land, in and out of stories, doing what he does best, grabbing a quick meal. Pigs, sheep, lying little boys, geese and fashionable little girls all conspire to keep him hungry. What’s a well-dressed wolf to do?
Trade Cloth. Roaring Brook Press. 2008. 1-59643-275-6. $19.95.

“Two Bobbies” by Kirby Larson & Mary Nethery. Illustrated by Jean Cassels. 32 pages. Join a dog and cat, both with bobbed tails, in this true heartwarming story of survival and friendship in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
Trade Cloth. Walker & Company. 2008. 0-8027-9754-7. $16.99.
Reinforced. Walker & Company. 2008. 0-8027-9755-5. $17.89.

“When Sergeant Came Marching Home” by Don Lemna. 208 pages. When 10 year old Donald’s father comes home from World War II, many things change for the worse, in Donald’s opinion. His father uproots the family from town to country and expects a lot from Donald and his younger brother, causing many hilarious confrontations. This is a laugh-out-loud story of a father-son relationship.
Trade Cloth. Holiday House, Inc. 2008. 0-8234-2083-3. $16.95.
Trade Paper. Holiday House, Inc. 2008. 0-8234-2211-9. $7.95.

“The Wolves are Back” by Jean Craighead. Illustrated by Wendell Minor. 32 pages. This is a beautiful picture book of life along George the Lamar River in Yellowstone National Park depicting the reintroduction of wolves and their beneficial effect on the environment. With the return of the wolves, the natural order is reestablished.
Trade Cloth. Penguin Group. 2008. 0-525-47947-3. $16.99.
Mixed Media (Book and CD). Live Oak Media. 2008. 1-4301-0594-1. $28.95.


2011 LYRC Grades 3-5 Title List

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Title List
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


LYRC Selection Criteria and How to Suggest a Title

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Selection Criteria for the Louisiana Readers’ Choice Awards
Eligibility of Books


LYRC Talking Books and Braille Services

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Talking Book and Braille Services for LYRC Participants

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