The Louisiana Young Readers’ Choice (LYRC) Award is a reading enrichment program of the Louisiana Center for the Book of the State Library of Louisiana. 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.
Committees of Louisiana librarians compile two lists of books: one for students in grades 3-5 and one for students in grades 6-8. Suggestions for titles to be considered may be submitted to the chair of the committee. The lists are well-balanced selections of high-quality fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. Students may read or listen to the books and vote for their favorite one. This is a great way to involve students in literature and get them excited about reading for pleasure. The books that receive the most votes from the students are the Award Winners. The books with the second most votes are the Honor Books.
The Natchitoches Parish Library offered an extra incentive along with the Friends of the Library by sponsoring a reader raffle for children that read a book from the list and submitted a reader review. The grand prize winner received a Kindle Fire 7, and two runners up each received the Guinness World Records 2018.
The winning books of the 2018 LYRC were Ivan the Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla (grades 3-5) and The Crossover (grades 6-8).