It’s time to vote for your favorite books! Paper ballots can be found on both the blog and the ORCA website. Tallied votes can be submitted here. Please enter them by April 3. Winners will be announced at the Oregon Library Association conference in April.
There are just a few more days to nominate titles for the 2016 ORCA. The last day for nominations is February 28. So far over 100 titles have been nominated, and the committee is busy reading away.
The form to submit your votes for the 2015 ORCA winners will be available March 1-31.
Please send us your pictures and stories about your ORCA year, and we’ll post them.
It’s getting close to time to vote for the 2015 ORCA winner and to nominate the 2016 titles. Send us what you’ve been doing and we’ll post it!
Nominations for the 2016 Oregon Readers Choice Award titles open on January 1, 2015.
Which titles can be nominated? Titles for the 2016 ORCA need a 2013 copyright date. This delay ensures that the title will be readily available in paperback during the voting year.
Who can nominate titles? Oregon students, this is your chance to nominate your favorites. Oregon teachers and librarians are also eligible to nominate titles.
How long is the nomination link open? The link will be open from January 1 until February 28, 2015.
Then what happens? The nominations are reviewed by a committee of librarians and educators. The committee selects the final titles based upon a number of criteria, including literary quality, creativity, reading enjoyment, reading level, and regional interest.
Nominate a title by clicking here.
Voting for the 2015 Oregon Readers Choice Award runs March 1-31, 2015.
Oregon students in grades 3-12 can vote if they have read or listened to at least 2 books in one of the divisions.
2016 titles will be announced at the Oregon Library Association Convention in April and posted on the ORCA website.
Here they are, the titles chosen by this year’s committee from the list of books nominated by students and teachers from around the state.
The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
Chomp by Carl Hiaasen
Starry River of the Sky by Grace Lin
Summer of the Gypsy Moths by Sara Pennypacker
Splendors and Glooms by Laura Amy Schlitz
Who Could That Be at This Hour? by Lemony Snicket
Cardboard by Doug TenNapel
Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage
Storybound by Marissa Burt
Titanic : Voices from the Disaster by Deborah Hopkinson
Ungifted by Gordon Korman
The Lions of Little Rock by Kristin Levine
Keeper of the Lost Cities by Shannon Messenger
Colin Fischer by Ashley Edward Miller and Zack Stentz
The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen
Beyond Courage by Doreen Rappaport
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Dodger by Terry Pratchett
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz
Endangered by Eliot Schrefer
Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
Nina Kramer – Chair
Elizabeth LaShomb Christley – Oregon Young Adult Network
Lisa Elliott – Oregon Young Adult Network
Kathryn Harmon – Oregon Association of School Librarians
Melanie Hetrick – OLA Childrens Services Division
Beth LaForce – Oregon Reading Association
Marie LeJeune – Oregon Reading Association
Kiva Liljequist- Oregon Association of School Librarians
Jessica Marie – OLA Childrens Services Division
Teena Nelson – Oregon Young Adult Network
Laurie Nordahl- Oregon Association of School Librarians
Kira Porton – Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association (PNBA)
Karren Timmermans – Oregon Reading Association
Denise Willms – OLA Childrens Services Division
This year we held the 4th annual Oregon Reader’s Choice Award, co-sponsored by 3 OLA divisions (OASL, CSD, OYAN), along with the Oregon Reading Association and the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association.
This year there were 2635 students who read the books and voted for for the award. We had about 60 schools participate, representing 23 school districts, the Portland Archdiocese, and independent private schools. We also had 6 public libraries participate, representing 4 library districts. All of the names of the participating institutions will be posted on the OLA website, on the ORCA homepage.
Upper Elementary (Junior) Division Winner, out of 1831 votes
Pie by Sarah Weeks
Middle School (Intermediate) Division Winner, out of 487 votes
Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life by James Patterson
High School (Senior) Division Winner, out of 253 votes
Divergent by Veronica Roth
I would like to thank all of the libraries and schools that participated, plus the members of the ORCA committee for making all of this happen. I do firmly believe that this award has proven to be a great program to promote reading among children and young adults throughout the state. The 2014-2015 ORCA committee will soon select the nominees for the 2014 award, and those will also be posted on the ORCA website shortly. I do hope that all of you will help to promote the ORCA to Oregon youths where you can.
2012-2014 ORCA Chair
Participating Schools (60)
Abraham Lincoln Elementary School (Medford School District 549C)
Astor Elementary School (Portland Public Schools)
Bethany Elementary School (Beaverton School District)
Boones Ferry Primary School (West Linn-Wilsonville School District)
Bridlemile K-5 (Portland Public Schools)
Briggs Middle School (Springfield School District, #19)
Brookwood Elementary (Hillsboro School District)
Canby High School (Canby School Dist.)
Candalaria Elementary (Salem-Keizer School District)
Cathedral School (Portland Archdiocese)
Chapman ES (Portland Public Schools)
Christ the King Catholic School (Portland Archdiocese)
Coffenberry (South Umpqua School District)
East Orient Elementary School (Gresham Barlow School District)
East Sylvan Middle School (Portland Public Schools)
Edgewood Community Elementary School (Eugene 4J School District)
Edy Ridge Elementary (Sherwood School District)
Eugene Public Library (Eugene 4J School District)
Farmington View Elementary (Hillsboro School District)
Forest Hills Elementary (Lake Oswego School District)
Gearhart Elementary (Seaside District #10)
Glencoe Elementary (Portland Public Schools)
High Desert Middle School (Bend La Pine)
Highland Elementary (Grants Pass School District #7)
Holcomb Elementary (Oregon City School District)
Hopkins Elementary (Sherwood School District)
Howard Elementary (Eugene 4J School District)
Howard Elementary (Medford School District 549C)
Hucrest Elementary (Roseburg School District)
Imlay Elementary School (Hillsboro School District)
Inza R. Wood Middle School (West Linn-Wilsonville School District)
Kelly Creek Elementary (Gresham Barlow School District)
Kennedy Elementary (Medford School District 549C)
Kennedy Middle School (Eugene 4J School District)
Laurel Ridge Middle School (Sherwood School District)
Lewis Elementary (Portland Public Schools)
Llewellyn Elementary (Portland Public Schools)
Mabel Rush Elementary School (Newberg School District)
Marshfield High School (Coos Bay School District)
Meadow Park Middle School (Beaverton School District)
Middleton Elementary (Sherwood School District)
Myers Elementary (Salem-Keizer School District)
Nancy Ryles Elementary (Beaverton School District)
North Bend High School (North Bend School District)
North Salem High School (Salem-Keizer School District)
Portland Jewish Academy (Private)
Rainier Junior Senior High School (Rainier School District)
Roosevelt Elementary School (Medford School District 549C)
Rosedale Elementary (Hillsboro School District)
Rosemont Ridge Middle School (West Linn-Wilsonville School District)
Sandy High School (Oregon Trail School District)
Sexton Mountain Elementary (Beaverton School District)
Spencer Butte Middle School (Eugene 4J School District)
St. Ignatius School (Portland Archdiocese)
St. Pius X (Portland Archdiocese)
Stephenson Elementary (Portland Public Schools)
Straub Middle School (Salem-Keizer School District)
Sunset School (Coos Bay School District)
Terra Linda Elementary (Beaverton School District)
Winchester Elementary School (Roseburg School District)
Beaverton City Library (Washington County Cooperative Library System)
Belmont Library (Multnomah County Library)
Forest Grove City Library (Washington County Cooperative Library System)
Ledding Library (Library Information Network of Clackamas County)
Salem Public Library (Chemeketa Cooperative Regional Library Service)
Tigard Public Library (Washington County Cooperative Library System)
The Oregon Reader’s Choice Award was started in 2010 as a way for Oregon children and young adults to read high quality, popular books and select the best of the best.
Use the links above to view the nominees for the 2013-2014 school year. You can also post your comments about the books after you have read them. After reading, or listening to, 2 or more books from one of the lists, you will be able to vote for your favorite book between March 1 and March 31, 2014.
The winners for the 2012-13 school year are:
Junior (Upper Elementary) Division: Meanwhile: Pick Any Path, 3856 Story Possibilities by Jason Shiga
Intermediate (Middle School) Division: Smile by Raina Telgemeier
Senior (High School) Division: Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare