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.

LOGO Click here for reproducible images of the LYRC SEAL black and white or color and the LTRC SEAL black and white only. You are welcome to use these logos to promote the LYRC program at your library or school.

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2014 LYRC 6-8th Grade Study Guides

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2014 LYRC 6-8th Grade Study Guides
All guides will be available by August 2013.
1. Charlie Joe Jackson’s Guide to Not Reading by Tommy Greenwald
2. The Fourth Stall by Chris Rylander
3. Hidden by Helen Frost
4. How to Rock Braces and Glasses by Meg Haston
5. Michael Vey:  the Prisoner of Cell 25 by Richard Paul Evans
6. Quarterback Season by Fred Bower
The publisher has provided a 4 page Writing Lessons PDF matching 6th grade Common Core Standards. QB Season Writing Lessons (Chapter by Chapter):
7. The Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen

8. Silhouetted by the Blue by Traci L. Jones
Study Guide

9. Variant by Robison E. Wells
10. Wild Life by Cynthia DeFelice
11. Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick
12. A World Without Heroes by Brandon Mull





3-5th Study Guides 2014

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2014 3-5th Grade Study Guides

1. All the Water in the World
2. America Is Under Attack: The Day the Towers Fell – September 11, 2001 - Guide
3. Balloons Over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy’s Parade
Activity Kit and Discussion Questions
Author's website http://melissasweet.net/
4. Bongo Fishing
5. Close to Famous - Guide
6. Eight Keys
7. Escape by Night: A Civil War Adventure
8. The Incredible Life of Balto
9. Lots and Lots of Coins
10. Nurse, Soldier, Spy: The Story of Sarah Edmonds, a Civil War Hero
11. Olivia’s Birds
12. The Secret Kingdom: Chronicles of the Red King, Book 1
13. Ten Rules You Absolutely Must Not Break if You Want to Survive the School Bus
14. Trundle’s Quest

15. Waiting for the Magic

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6-8th LYRC 2013 Booktalks

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The Call (bk. 1 in The Magnificent 12 series)  by Michael Grant

The Dead Boys by Royce Buckingham

Heist Society by Ally Carter

Hide and Seek by Katy Grant

How to Survive Middle School by Donna Gephart

The Limit  by Kristen Landon

Little Blog on the Prairie by Cathleen Davitt Bell

Max Cassidy: Escape From Shadow Island by Paul Adam

Ninth Ward  by Jewell Parker Rhodes

Smile by Raina Telgemeir 

The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger

Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer by John Grisham


3-5th LYRC 2013 Booktalks

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3-5th LYRC 2013 Booktalks

All Star! : Honus Wagner and the Most Famous Baseball Card Ever by Jane Yolen.

The Case of the Lost Boy: The Buddy Files Book 1  by Dori Hillestad Butler. Illus. Jeremy Tugeau.

Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave by Laban Carrick Hill. Illus. Bryan Collier. 

The Fantastic Secret of Owen Jester by Barbara O’Connor.

The Junkyard Wonders by Patricia Polacco.

Mirror, Mirror: A Book of Reversible Verse by Marilyn Singer. Illus. Josee Massee.

Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters by Barack Obama. Illus. Loren Long.

Ol Bloo’s Boogie-Woogie Band and Blues Ensemble by Jan Huling. Illus. Henri SÃ Rensen.

The PS Brothers by Maribeth Boelts.

The Books of Elsewhere, Volume one: The Shadows by Jacqueline West Illus. Poly Bernatene. 

Cloud Tea Monkeys by Mal Peet. Illus. Juan Wijngaard.

Touch Blue by Cynthia Lord.

We The Children: Benjamin Pratt and the Keepers of the School Bk. 1  by Andrew Clements, Illus. Adam Stower.

Wildfire Run  by Dee Garretson.

Young Zeus by G. Brian Karas.


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