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California Young Reader Medal Books

The California Young Reader Medal

The California Young Reader Medal program encourages recreational reading of popular literature among the young people of our state. Since its inception in 1974, millions of California children have nominated, read, and voted for the winners of the California Young Reader Medal. Cunningham students are invited to participate. This year's nominees are below.


Voting Requirements

To become a qualified Young Reader voter, a student must experience all of the nominated books in a category by reading the books themselves, having the books read to them, or using a combination of the two. Young Readers may read books in more than one category. Each reader is entitled to ONE vote in each category. Our school Librarian, Mrs. Figueiredo, will monitor the Cunningham School voting procedures.

PRIMARY (Grades K-3)


A Visitor for Bear by Bonnie Becker. Candlewick Press, 2008.

Pete and Pickles by Berkeley Breathed. Philomel, 2008.

Duck by Randy Cecil. Candlewick Press, 2008.

Martina the Beautiful Cockroach: A Cuban Folktale by Carmen Agra Deedy. Illustrated by Michael Austin. Peachtree Publications, 2008.

Thelonius Monster's Sky-High Fly Pie by Judy Sierra.  Illustrated by Edward Koren. Knopf, 2006.



Igraine the Brave by Cornelia Funke.  The Chicken House, 2007.

Greetings from Planet Earth by Barbara Kerley. Scholastic Press, 2007.

Zorgamazoo by Robert Paul Weston. Razorbill, 2008.



Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis. Scholastic, 2007.

Cracker: the Best Dog in Vietnam by Cynthia Kadohota. Atheneum, 2007.

Skulduggery Pleasant: Scepter of the Ancients, Book 1 by Derek Landy. The Bowen Press, 2007.