CYRM at Taft

CYRM at Taft

Welcome to the Taft Middle School

California Young Reader Medal group!

The California Young Reader Medal (CYRM) 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.

Young people recommend the titles of their favorite books for nomination, or teachers and librarians note repeatedly read or requested titles, and these are submitted to the California Young Reader Medal Committee. Members of the committee read the suggested books, discuss their merits and appeal to children, and then decide upon a well-balanced list of nominees. You may find additional information about the CYRM at


Here is the fine print to participate in the CYRM voting process at Taft. 


  •  To become a qualified voter, you must experience all the nominated books in a category by reading the books, having the books read to you, or using a combination of the two.
  • You may read books in more than one category, but you must complete each category to be able to vote in that category.
  • You are entitled to ONE vote in each category you complete.
  • Votes placed the week before spring break will count towards the totals sent to the CYRM office.

Remember, If you have already read any of the CYRM titles, they count towards your total and you will not have to re-read them.



Email Ms. Enrique at to access the CYRM classroom.

Past Winners

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Intermediate books were not included in the 1976, 1978, or 1980 voting. After the 1977 voting, it was decided the intermediate category was too broad and a Middle School/Junior High School category was added.



2021: Restart by Gordon Korman. Scholastic Press, 2017.

2020: The War I Finally Won by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley. Dial Books, 2017.

2019: The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley. Dial Books, 2015.

2018: Pax by Sara Pennypacker. Illustrated by Jon Klassen. HarperCollins, 2016.

2017: Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein. Random House Books for Young Readers, 2013.

2016: A Dog Called Homeless by Sarah Lean. Katherine Tegen Books, 2012

2015: Wonder by R.J. Palacio. Alfred A. Knopf, 2012.

2014: The Unwanteds by Lisa McMann. Aladdin, 2011.

2013: The Giant Slayer by Iain Lawrence. Delacorte Press, 2009.

2012: Violet Raines Almost Got Struck by Lightning by Danette Haworth. Walker & Co., 2008.

2011: Zorgamazoo by Robert Paul Weston. Razorbill, 2008.

2010: No Talking by Andrew Clements. Simon & Schuster, 2007.

2009: Sheep by Valerie Hobbs. Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2006.

2008: Each Little Bird That Sings by Deborah Wiles. Harcourt, 2005.

2007: Christopher Mouse: The Tale of a Small Traveler by William Wise. Illustrations by Patrick Benson.

Bloomsbury Children's Books, 2004.

2006: The Good Dog by Avi. Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2001.

2005: Ruby Holler by Sharon Creech. Joanna Cotler, 2002.

2004: The School Story by Andrew Clements. Simon & Schuster, 2001.

2003: Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo. Candlewick, 2000.

2002: The Million Dollar Shot by Dan Gutman. Disney, 1997.

2001: Honus and Me: A Baseball Card Adventure by Dan Gutman. Avon/ Camelot, 1997.

2000: Riding Freedom by Pam Munoz Ryan. Illustrated by Brian Selznick. Scholastic, 1997.

1999: The Thirteenth Floor: A Ghost Story by Sid Fleischman. Greenwillow, 1995.

1998: Junkyard Dog by Erika Tamar. Knopf, 1995.

1997: Jennifer Murdley's Toad by Bruce Coville. Harcourt, 1992; Pocket Books, 1993.

1996: Time for Andrew: A Ghost Story by Mary Downing Hahn. Clarion Books, 1994.

1995: Stonewords: A Ghost Story by Pam Conrad. HarperCollins, 1990.

1994: Scared Stiff by Willo Davis Roberts. Atheneum, 1991.

1993: Fudge-a-Mania by Judy Blume. Dutton, 1990; Dell, 1991.

1992: All About Sam by Lois Lowry. Houghton Mifflin, 1988.

1991: Harry's Mad by Dick King-Smith. Crown, 1987; Dell, 1988.

1990: The War With Grandpa by Robert K. Smith. Delacorte, 1984.

1989: The Castle in the Attic by Elizabeth Winthrop. Holiday House, 1985; Bantam, 1986.

1988: Be a Perfect Person in Just 3 Days by Stephen Manes. Houghton Mifflin, 1982; Bantam 1987.

1987: The Dollhouse Murders by Betty Ren Wright. Holiday House, 1983; Scholastic, 1985.

1986: Nothing's Fair in Fifth Grade by Barthe De Clements. Viking, 1981; Scholastic, 1982.

1985: The Indian in the Cupboard by Lynne Reid Banks. Doubleday, 1980; Avon, 1982.

1984: The Trouble with Tuck by Theodore Taylor. Doubleday, 1981; Avon.

1983: Superfudge by Judy Blume. Dutton, 1980; Dell, 1981.

1981: Summer of the Monkeys by Wilson Rawls. Doubleday, 1977; Dell 1979.

1979: Danny, the Champion of the World by Roald Dahl. Knopf, 1975.

1977: Freaky Friday by Mary Rodgers. Harper & Row, 1972.

1975: How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell. Watts, 1973.

WINNERS - Middle School/Junior High (Grades 6-8)

The Middle School/Junior High award began in 1980; it was not included in the voting in 1981.



2021: Lily and Dunkin by Donna Gephart. Delacorte Press, 2016.

2020: Refugee by Alan Gratz. Scholastic Press, 2017.

2019: Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan. Scholastic Press, 2015.

2018: A Night Divided by Jennier Nielsen. Scholastic, 2016.

2017: Keeper of the Lost Cities by Shannon Messenger. Simon & Schuster, 2012.

2016: Dogtag Summer by Elizabeth Partridge. Bloomsbury USA Children’s, 2011.

2015: The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen. Scholastic, 2012.

2014: Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick. Scholastic Press, 2011.

2013: Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper. Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2010.

2012: Every Soul a Star by Wendy Mass. Little, Brown & Co., 2008.

2011: Cracker! The Best Dog in Vietnam by Cynthia Kadohota. Atheneum, 2007.

2010: Alabama Moon by Watt Key. Straus & Giroux, 2006.

2009: Hattie Big Sky by Kirby Larson. Delacorte Press, 2006.

2008: The Schwa was Here by Neal Shusterman. Dutton Children's Books, 2004.

2007: Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko. Putnam's, 2004.

2006: 12 Again by Sue Corbett. Dutton Children's Books, 2002.

2005: Things Not Seen by Andrew Clements. Philomel Books, 2002.

2004: Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen. Knopf, 2001.

2003: Touching Spirit Bear by Ben Mikaelsen. HarperCollins, 2001.

2002: Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key by Jack Gantos. Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1998.

2001: Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix. Simon & Schuster, 1998.

2000: Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine. HarperCollins, 1997.

1999: Under the Blood Red Sun by Graham Salisbury. Delacorte, 1994.

1998: The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis. Delacorte, 1995.

1997: Sparrow Hawk Red by Ben Mikaelsen. Hyperion, 1993.

1996: Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick. Scholastic, 1993.

1995: Rescue Josh McGuire by Ben Mikaelsen. Hyperion, 1991; 1993.

1994: There's a Girl in My Hammerlock by Jerry Spinelli. Simon & Schuster, 1991; 1993.

1993: Something Upstairs by Avi.Orchard, 1988, Avon 1990)

1992: Sniper by Theodore Taylor. Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich, 1989.

1991: December Stillness by Mary Downing Hahn. Clarion, 1988.

1990: The Other Side of Dark by Joan Lowery Nixon. Delacorte, 1986; Dell, 1987.

1989: The Stalker by Joan Lowery Nixon. Delacorte, 1985.

1988: The Root Cellar by Janet Lunn. Scribner, 1983; Penguin, 1985.

1987: You Shouldn't Have to Say Goodbye by Patricia Hermes. Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1982;

Scholastic, 1984.

1986: Girl with the Silver Eyes by Willo Davis Roberts. Atheneum, 1980; Scholastic, 1982.

1985: Taking Terri Mueller by Norma Fox Mazer. Morrow, 1983; Avon, 1981.

1984: There's a Bat in Bunk Five by Paula Danziger. Delacorte, 1980; Dell, 1982.

1983: Tiger Eyes by Judy Blume. Bradbury, 1981; Dell, 1982.

1982: Hail, Hail, Camp Timberwood by Ellen Conford. Little, Brown, 1987; Archway, 1980.      

1980: The Pinballs by Betsy Byars. Harper & Row, 1977.


WINNERS Young Adult (Grades 9-12)

The Young Adult award began in 1977. Young Adult books were not included in the voting in 1978, 1980 and 1982.



2021: All We Have Left by Wendy Mills. Bloomsbury USA Childrens, 2016.

2020: Scythe by Neal Shusterman. Simon & Schuster, 2016.

2019: Written in the Stars by Aisha Saeed. Speak, 2016

2018: Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys. Penguin Random House, 2016

2017: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard. HarperCollins, 2015.

2016: Cinder by Marissa Meyer. Feiwel & Friends, an imprint of Macmillan Children's Publishing Group, 2012.

2015: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. Delacorte Press, 2010.

2014: Divergent by Veronica Roth. Katherine Tegen Books, 2011.

2013: Matched by Ally Condie. Dutton, 2010.

2012: Graceling by Kristin Cashore. Harcourt, 2008.

2011: Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. Scholastic Press, 2008.

2010: The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie. Little, Brown and Co., 2007.

2009: Sold by Patricia McCormick. Hyperion, 2006.

2008: Private Peaceful by Michael Morpugo. Scholastic Press, 2003.

2007: Shattering Glass by Gail Giles. Simon Pulse, 2002.

2006: After by Francine Prose. HarperCollins, 2003.

2005: Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz. Philomel Books, 2001.

2004: Ties That Bind, Ties That Break by Lensey Namioka. Delacorte Press, 1999.

2003: Define "Normal" by Julie Anne Peters. Little, Brown, 2000.

2002: Bad by Jean Ferris. Farrar Straus & Giroux, 1998.

2001: Armageddon Summer by Jane Yolen and Bruce Coville. Harcourt Brace, 1998.

2000: Breaking Boxes by A.M. Jenkins. Delacorte, 1997.

1999: The Only Alien on the Planet by Kristen Randle. Scholastic, 1995.

1998: Ironman by Chris Crutcher. Greenwillow, 1995.

1997: Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes by Chris Crutcher. Greenwillow, 1993; Dell, 1995.

1996: Shadow of the Dragon by Sherry Garland. Harcourt Brace, 1994.

1995: Downriver by Will Hobbs. Atheneum, 1991; Bantam/Starfire, 1992.

1994: We All Fall Down by Robert Cormier. Delacorte, 1991; Dell, 1993.

1993: The Silver Kiss by Annette Curtis Klause. Delacorte, 1990; Dell, 1992.

1992: A Sudden Silence by Eve Bunting. Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1989.

1991: Night Kites by M. E. Kerr. Harper & Row, 1986.

1990: Izzy, Willy Nilly by Cynthia Voigt. Atheneum, 1996; Fawcett, 1987.

1989: The Face at the Edge of the World by Eve Bunting. Ticknor, 1985; Dell, 1986.

1988: Interstellar Pig by William Sleator. Dutton, 1984.

1987: Pursuit by Michael French. Delacorte, 1981; Dell, 1983.

1986: The Darkangel by Meredith Pierce. Little, Brown, 1982; Dell, 1982.

1985: The Truth Trap by Frances Miller. Dutton, 1980; Dell, 1982.

1984: Stranger with My Face by Lois Duncan. Little, Brown, 1981; Dell, 1982

1983: Summer of Fear by Lois Duncan. Little, Brown, 1976; Dell, 1977.

1981: A Summer to Die by Lois Lowry. Houghton Mifflin, 1977; Bantam, 1979.

1979: The Late Great Me by Sandra Scoppettone. Putnam, 1976.

1977: Watership Down by Richard Adams. Macmillan, 1972.

WINNERS Picture Books for Older Readers (Grades 4 and up)

The Picture Book for Older Readers award began in 2000; it was not included in the vote of 2001.


2020: Her Right Foot by Dave Eggers. Illustrated by Shawn Harris. Chronicle Books, 2017

2019: Emmanuel’s Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah by Laurie Ann Thomspon, Illustrated by Sean Qualls. Schwartz & Wade, 2015

2018: Barbed Wire Baseball by Marissa Moss, Illustrated by Yuko Shimizu. Abrams Books for Young Readers,2016.

2017: Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson. Illustrated by E.B. Lewis. Nancy Paulsen Books, 2012.

2016: Helen’s Big World: The Life of Helen Keller by Doreen Rappaport. Illustrated by Matt Tavares. Disney-Hyperion, 2012. 

2015: Brothers at Bat: The True Story of an Amazing All-Brother Team by Audrey Vernick. Illustrated by StevenSalerno. Clarion, 2012.

2014: Queen of the Falls by Chris Van Allsburg. Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, 2011.

2013: Nubs: The True Story of a Mutt, a Marine and a Miracle by Brian Dennis. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2009.

2012: Henry’s Freedom Box written by Ellen Levine. Illustrated by Kadir Nelson. Scholastic Press, 2007.

2011: John Paul George & Ben by Lane Smith. Hyperion Books, 2006.

2010: Owney: The Mail-Pouch Pooch by Mona Kerby. Illustrated by Lynne Barasch. Frances Foster/Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2008

2009: Mystery at the Club Sandwich by Doug Cushman. Clarion Books, 2005.

2008: Mr. Maxwell's Mouse by Frank Asch. Illustrated by Devin Asch. Kids Can Press, 2004.

2007: The Cats in Krasinski Square by Karen Hesse. Illustrated by Wendy Watson. Scholastic Press, 2004.

2006: Boxes for Katje by Candace Fleming. Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2003.

2005: Mr. Lincoln's Way by Patricia Polacco. Philomel, 2001.

2004: And the Dish Ran Away with the Spoon by Janet Stevens and Susan Stevens Crummel. Harcourt, 2001.

2003: The Babe & I by David A. Adler. Harcourt, 1999.

2018-19 Nominees



War That Saved My Life  Winner at the State Level!  

Fish in a Tree

Middle School/Junior High

Ms. Bixby's Last Day

Echo Winner at the State Level!  

Wolf Hollow

Young Adult

Girl in the Blue Coat

Walk on Earth a Stranger

Written in the Stars Winner at the State Level!  

2017-18 Nominees


Ms. Rapscott's Girls

Pax Winner at the State Level!  


Middle School/Junior High

A Night Divided  Winner at the State Level!  

Tesla's Attic

All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook

Young Adult

Orbiting Jupiter

Salt to the Sea  Winner at the State Level!  

The Hired Girl

2016-17 Nominees/Winners


Escape From Mr. Lemoncello's Library Winner at the State Level!                        

Real Boy                           

Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin WINNER AT TAFT!                        

Middle School/Junior High

Hold Fast       

Keeper of Lost CitiesWINNER AT TAFT!  Winner at the State Level!

Upside Down in the Middle of Nowhere

Young Adult 

The Impossible Knife of Memory

Kindness for Weakness TIE FOR WINNER AT TAFT! 

Red Queen TIE FOR WINNER AT TAFT! Winner at the State Level!                  

2015-16 Nominees/Winners     


A Dog Called Homeless         Winner at the State Level!                               

True (...Sort of)WINNER AT TAFT!                             


Middle School/Junior High

Dogtag Summer         Winner at the State Level!

Doll Bones

Ghost Hawk    WINNER AT TAFT!

Young Adult                        

Cinder                  Winner at the State Level!

Eleanor and Park(WINNER AT TAFT!)                                                       

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children                                                                       

Remember, If you have already read any of the CYRM titles, they count towards the total and they will not have to be re-read.

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