Louisiana Young Readers' Choice Awards
Louisiana Young Readers Choice Award
Every year students can participate in the Louisiana Young Readers Choice program. Students who read at least three books from the 3-5 grade list are eligible to vote for their favorite book. The author whose book receives the most student votes will receive the Louisiana Young Readers Choice Award (LYRCA) next fall at the Louisiana Book Festival in Baton Rouge.
LYRCA book lists are available on the library website, under my booklist, and on bookmarks in the LWE Library. For more information about this program, visit the Louisiana State Library Center for the Book website via the link above.
The 2020 winner was Imagine That!: How Dr. Seuss Wrote the Cat in the Hat by Judy Sierra, illustrated by Kevin Hawkes
2021 LYRCA 3-5 reading list
by Meghan McCarthy Year Published: 2018
"The true story of a garbage barge that didn't have a place to dock--and was one of the events that led to the recycling movement"
by Kristine Asselin and Jen Malone Year Published: 2018
When twelve-year-olds Hannah and Maggie switch places, Hannah must prevent a famous art theft in 1905 and Maggie must cope with modern life until they can switch back.
by Sandra Neil Wallace Year Published: 2018
Discover the true story of NFL star Ernie Barnes, a boy who followed his dreams and became one of the most influential artists of his generation.
by Barry Wittenstein Year Published: 2018
"Earle Dickson and his new bride Josephine begin their lives together. The end. (Not really. There's more.) Josephine has a proclivity for injuring herself. Earle attaches cotton to long strips of adhesive tape, telling Josephine to cut off a length when she needs one. Since Earle works as a cotton buyer at Johnson & Johnson, he shares his idea. They're a big hit. The end. (Again, not really!) After a few false starts (much like the hilarious "the end"s in this story), the Band-Aid is developed and becomes a massive hit. The end. (Really.)"
by Karen Kane Year Published: 2018
At his grandparents' place for the summer, Charlie worries when a woman who always greets him in American Sign Language disappears after giving him a desperate message in sign language. Charlie and his new friend Frog, a deaf girl who wants to be the world's greatest detective, are determined to find out what happened.
by Joseph Bruchac Year Published: 2018
As a boy, Chester Nez was taught his native language and culture were useless, but he was later called on to use his Navajo language to help create an unbreakable military code during WWII.
by Helaine Becker Year Published: 2018
Presents a picture book biography of the life and career of African American mathematician Katherine Johnson. Chronicles her early life as a gifted student, her struggle to keep learning despite segregation, and her dream job as a human calculator at NASA. Focuses on her prominent contributions to NASA's development, including her critical calculations that helped save the crew of the infamous Apollo 13 flight.
by Alison McGhee Year Published: 2018
Brother chronicles life with his frequently-annoying sister, from the time she is born until she is ten and he leaves for college, through a series of letters and drawings.
by Megan E. Bryant Year Published: 2018
When Jake Everdale is in danger of being pulled off the basketball team for flunking science class, his wish for help comes true when his Heroes of History action figures of Sir Isaac Newton and Amelia Earhart come to life to lend a hand.
by Stacy McAnulty Year Published: 2018
A lightning strike made Lucy, twelve, a math genius but, after years of homeschooling, her grandmother enrolls her in middle school and she learns that life is more than numbers.
by Keir Graff Year Published: 2018
Tween twins Colm and Mal are identical physically, but could not be more different in personality--Mal is the realist, Colm the dreamer. They are only agreed that they do not want to move to Chicago with their mother two years after their father's death. What they want doesn't matter--they settle into Brunhild Tower, but soon the Tower's secrets and quirks capture their attention, like a Princess who lives on the seventeenth floor offering warnings to them, eerie sounds in the walls, and an elevator with a missing thirteenth-floor button. One day that button reappears, and the twins find themselves on an adventure in a parallel dimension.
by Thane Maynard Year Published: 2018
Presents the story of a baby hippopotamus named Fiona who was born premature at the Cincinnati zoo. With the help of a dedicated team of caregivers, she made a full recovery and thrived, becoming a social media sensation along the way. Includes color photographs and facts about hippos.
by Candace Fleming Year Published: 2018
A German shepherd is transformed from Etzel, a police dog in Berlin, to Strongheart, a silent movie star that will need his best acting skills to prove himself innocent of attacking a girl.