Thanks for participating in our program!  If you didn’t get your ballot in on time, please let our staff know, we have a limited number of gift books left!



The Pennsylvania Young Reader’s Choice Award is sponsored by the Pennsylvania School Librarians Association. The purpose of the award is to promote the reading of quality books by young people in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, to promote teacher and librarian involvement in children’s and young adult literature, and to honor authors whose works have been recognized by the students of Pennsylvania.  Books were purchased through a grant from the Pennsylvania Humanities Council.


Read three or more!  Your child or teen chooses to read at least three (3) of the titles in the appropriate grade band.  Additional titles may be read to participate but three will be the minimum.   Having an adult or older child read-aloud to developing readers is completely appropriate for participation!  Use our coloring maps or bookmarks for tracking your progress.

We will use a few of these titles in online read-alouds beginning in October through early March during Sheltering Storytime (for the youngest age group) on alternate Wednesdays.  They will be read in their entirety and watching online counts as reading for the voting activity (below).

Book clubs for 3rd-12th grade bands will offer read-aloud of the first chapter, which don’t count as a full reading but may motivate your young person to check the book out!  3rd-6th grade read-aloud on Wednesday afternoons, and two sessions on Fridays for the 6th-8th and 9th through 12th grade level books.  3rd and 6th grade-age children may choose to read either program level (or both) but may only vote in one age group ballot.

The vote:

In late February or early March (depending on the PYRCA guidance) we will post a ‘ballot’ for each age group.   Your child will report the titles that were read (3 or more), and the favorite choice in the ballot form.  Then in March, we will announce the winner here and on our social media.  We’ll also let everyone know the share of our community votes each book received!

Every child and teen who votes in the March ‘election’ will receive a gift book from our giveaway supply and a certificate!  

Additional activities:

We’ll post some educator-endorsed activities for many of these books, as well as author videos, craft kits, and more!  Augment your homeschool curriculum with these ideas!

Details by grade level:

Kindergarten – 3rd Grade

3rd – 6th Grade

6th – 8th Grade

YA – 9th – 12th Grade

K-3 (links follow below images)

smell my foot by cece bell book cover
Chick and Brain: Smell My Foot!
warren & dragon 100 friends book cover
Warren & Dragon: 100 Friends
Frankie Sparks and the Class Pet cover
Frankie Sparks and the Class Pet
Very Impatient Caterpillar book cover
The Very Impatient Caterpillar
Can I Be Your Dog? book cover\Can I Be Your Dog?Leila in Saffron book cover
Leila in Saffron
Potato pants book cover
Potato Pants
The Sun - One in a Billion book cover
Sun! One in a Billion!
My papi has a motorcycle book cover
My Papi has a Motorcycle
Billie Jean - how tennis star billie jean king changed women's sports book cover
Billie Jean! How Tennis Star Billie Jean King Changed Women's Sports
Fox & Chick The Party & other stories
The Party and Other Stories
Sign off book cover
Sign Off

Daring Dozen: The Twelve Who Walked on the Moon

A Computer Called Katherine
Hidden city book cover
Hidden City


Bell, CeCe  / Chick and Brain: Smell My Foot!  Candlewick Press

Bernstein, Ariel; illustrated by Mike Malbrough / Warren and Dragon: 100 Friends.  Viking / Penguin Young Readers Group

Blakemore, Megan Frazer; illustrated by Nadja Sarell /  Frankie Sparks and the Class Pet.  Aladdin / Simon and Schuster

Burach, Ross / The Very Impatient Caterpillar.   Scholastic Press

Cummings, Troy/  Can I Be Your Dog?   Random House

Guidroz, Rukhsanna /  Leila in Saffron.  Salaam Reads / Simon and Schuster

Keller, Laurie / Potato Pants.  Henry Holt and Co. / Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group

McAnulty, Stacy / Sun! One in a Billion.  Henry Holt and Co. / Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group

Quintero, Isabel & Zeke Pena / My Papi Has a Motorcycle.   Kokila / Penguin Young Readers Group

Rockliff, Mara / Billie Jean! How Tennis Star Billie Jean King Changed Women’s Sports.  G.P. Putnam/ Penguin Young Readers Group

Ruzzier, Sergio / The Party and Other Stories.  Chronicle Books

Savage, Stephen/  Sign Off.   Beach Lane Books/ Simon and Schuster Children’s Publishing

Slade, Suzanne / Daring Dozen: The Twelve Who Walked on the Moon.  Charlesbridge

Slade, Suzanne / A Computer Called Katherine.  Little Brown Books for Young Readers

Tuttle, Sarah Grace / Hidden City: Poems of Urban Wildlife.   Eerdmans Books for Young Readers

Grade K-3 – use this coloring map to keep track of the titles you’ve completed!


3rd-6th grade (3rd can participate in either program)

All that trash book cover-meghan mccarthy

Pass Go and COllect $200 book coverWedgie & Gizmo book coverClick book cover
Season of Styx Malone book coverNot if I can help it book coverDoughnut fix book coverBest Friends book coverIncredible journey of Coyote Sunrise book cover
Finding Langston book coverDragons in a bag book coverJust Like Rube Goldberg book coverBecause of the rabbit-lord book cover

Aronson, Sarah / Just Like Rube Goldberg: The Incredible True Story of the Man Behind the Machines.  Beach Lane Books

Cline-Ransome, Lesa / Finding Langston. Holiday House

Draper, Sharon M. / Blended. Atheneum Books for Young Readers

Elliott, Zetta / Dragons in a Bag. Random House

Gemeinhart, Dan / The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise. Henry Holt and Co. / Macmillan’s  Children’s Publishing Group

Hale, Shannon and LeUyen Pham / Best Friends. First Second / Macmillan

Janowitz, Jessie /  The Doughnut Fix.   Sourcebooks Jabberwocky

Lord, Cynthia / Because of the Rabbit.  Scholastic Press

Mackler, Carolyn / Not If I Can Help It.  Scholastic Press

Magoon, Kekla /The Season of Styx Malone.  Wendy Lamb Books

McCarthy, Meghan / All That Trash: The Story of the 1987 Garbage Barge and Our Problem with Stuff.  Paula Wiseman Books, Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing

Miller, Kayla /  Click.  Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books For Young Readers

Selfors, Suzanne / Wedgie & Gizmo.  Katherine Tegan Books / HarperCollins Publishers

Stone, Tanya Lee / Pass Go and Collect $200: The Real Story of  How Monopoly Was Invented. Christy Ottaviano Books / Henry Holt Books for Young Readers / Macmillan

Yang, Kelly / Front Desk.  Scholastic Press

Use this 3-6 grade coloring map to keep track of the titles you’ve completed!


6th-8th grades (6th grade can participate in either level)

forget me not book coverspirit hunters book coverGhost boys book cover
Dactyl hill squad book coverNight Diary book coverSquint book coverMiscalculations of Lightning Girl book cover
Not if I can help it book coverGame changer book coverEverlasting Nora book coverNew Kid book cover
Potion Masters book coverRising Water book coverThis promise of change book cover

Aronson, Marc.  Rising Water: The Story of the Thai Cave Rescue.  Atheneum Books for Young Readers / Simon and Schuster Children’s Publishing

Boyce, Jo Ann Allen/ This Promise of Change.  Bloomsbury Children’s Books / Macmillan

Cartaya, Pablo / The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora. Viking Books for Young Readers / Penguin Young Readers Group

Carter, Ally / Not If I Save You First.  Scholastic

Cole, Frank L. / Potion Masters: The Eternity Elixir.  Shadow Mountain

Craft, Jerry  / New Kid.  Quill Tree Books / Harper

Cruz, Marie Miranda /  Everlasting Nora.  Starscape

Greenwald, Tommy /  Game Changer.  Amulet Books / Harry N. Abrams

Hiranandani, Veera / The Night Diary. Kokila / Puffin Books / Penguin Young Readers Group

McAnulty, Stacy / The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl.  Random House

Morris, Chad & Shelly Brown / Squint.   Shadow Mountain

Oh, Ellen / Spirit Hunters. HarperCollins

Older, Daniel Jose / Dactyl Hill Squad.  Arthur A. Levine/Scholastic

Rhodes, Jewell Parker / Ghost Boys.  Little, Brown and Company

Terry, Ellie / Forget Me Not.  Feiwel & Friends / Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group

Use this 2021 Middle School bookmark to keep track of the titles you’ve completed!

Young Adult (grades 9-12)

Frankly in love book coverOn the come up book coverThey called us enemy book coverThirteen doorways wolves behind them all book cover
Patron saints of nothing book covergut check book coverCold day in the sun book coverLovely war book cover
Shout: a poetry memoir book coverInternment book coverwith the fire on high book coverBrave Face book cover
crying laughing book coverLet me hear a rhyme book coverGrace Year book cover

Acevedo, Elizabeth / With the Fire on High.  HarperTeen / HarperCollins Publishers

Ahmed, Samira/ Internment.  Little, Brown and Company

Anderson, Laurie Halse / Shout: A Poetry Memoir.  Viking / Penguin Young Readers Group

Berry, Julie / Lovely War. Viking / Penguin Young Readers Group

Biren, Sara / Cold Day in the Sun.  Amulet Books / Harry N. Abrams

Hutchinson, Shaun David / Brave Face: A Memoir.   Simon Pulse / Simon & Schuster

Jackson, Tiffany D. with Malik “Malik-16” Sharif / Let Me Hear a Rhyme.  Katherine Tegen Books / HarperCollins Publishers

Kester, Eric / Gut Check.  Farrar, Straus and Giroux / Macmillan

Liggett, Kim / The Grace Year.  Wednesday Books / Macmillan

Ribay, Randy / Patron Saints of Nothing.  Kokila / Penguin Young Readers Group

Rubin, Lance / Crying Laughing.  Knopf Books for Young Readers / Random House Children’s Books

Ruby, Laura / Thirteen Doorways, Wolves Behind Them All.  Balzer + Bray / HarperCollins Publishers

Takei, George, Eisinger,Justin, & Scott, Steven, illustrated by Harmony Becker / They Called Us Enemy. Top Shelf Productions

Thomas, Angie /On the Come Up. Balzer + Bray / HarperCollins Publishers

Yoon, David / Frankly in Love. Putnam / Penguin Young Readers Group

Use this  2021 YA bookmark to keep track of the titles you’ve completed!