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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