2016 Voting Ends April 1

Voting for the 2016 ORCA ends tomorrow!  Please use this form to submit your students’ votes.  Please submit the total votes for each title in the divisions your students read in.  All the votes will be tallied over the weekend to determine the winner for each division.  The winners will be announced at the Oregon Library Association conference April 20-22.  We will also be announcing the titles for next year.  Thank you for supporting your students and ORCA!

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It’s Time for Oregon Kids and Teens to Vote!

It’s time to vote for the 2016 Oregon Reader’s Choice Award.  Students in elementary, middle or high school who have read two or more books in any of the three divisions, may vote for their favorite in that division.  Since there are a number of titles shared by Oregon Battle of the Books, any student who competed in this year’s OBOB is eligible to vote for the ORCA. Voting is open through March 31.

Click on the links below for the list of nominees in each division. Submit your favorite to your local school or public librarian.

Upper Elementary – Grades 3-5

Middle School Division – Grades 6-8

High School Division – Grades 9-12


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It’s Time to Vote!

Nominations for the 2017 Oregon Reader’s Choice Award are now closed.  As you can see here, the eligible titles for consideration give the committee many great books to choose from.  We’ll be working on selecting titles through March.  Nominations will be announced at the Oregon Library Association conference in Bend, April 20-22.

Meanwhile, it’s time for kids and teens to vote for the 2016 ORCA winners.  Votes can be submitted by teachers or librarians using this form.  Please have them submitted by the end of the day on April 1st.   Ballots and other materials can be found under the Resources tab on the blog’s navigation bar. Winners will be announced at OLA in April along with next year’s nominees.

Questions, comments, etc. can be sent to orca@olaweb.org.

Thank you for participating and promoting ORCA to your students!

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Nominate a 2017 ORCA Title

ORCA is now accepting nominations for the 2017 Oregon Readers Choice Award titles.  The link will be open January 1 through February 29, 2016.

Titles nominated for the 2017 ORCA need a 2014 copyright date.  This delay ensures that the title will be readily available in paperback during the voting year.  You can nominate a title here.

Oregon students, this is your chance to nominate your favorites.  Oregon teachers and librarians are also eligible to nominate titles.

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.

Then what happens? While the ORCA committee is working on selecting the titles for 2017, voting for the 2016 titles will be open to students in Oregon through the month of March.  The link for submitting votes will go live on March 1.

Oregon students in grades 4-12 can vote if they have read or listened to at least 2 books in one of the divisions.

The 2016 ORCA winners and the 2017 nominated titles will be announced at the Oregon Library Association Conference in April and posted on the ORCA website.

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ORCA Winners and Nominees

The 2015 Oregon Reader’s Choice Award winners were announced today at the Oregon Library Association conference in Eugene.  The winners are:

Upper Elementary Division

oneandonlyivanThe One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

Middle School Division

ungiftedUngifted by Gordon Korman

High School Division

faultThe Fault in our Stars by John Green

Nominees for the 2016 ORCA were also announced.  They are:

Upper Elementary Division

True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp by Kathi Appelt

Jinx by Sage Blackwood

Flora & Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein

A Tangle of Knots by Lisa Graff

Donner Dinner Party by Nathan Hale

Mountain Dog by Margarita Engle

Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell

Middle School Division
Serafina’s Promise by Ann E. Burg

Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger

Etched in Clay: The Life of Dave, Enslaved Potter and Poet by Andrea Cheng

Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant by Tony Cliff

Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan

The Great Trouble: A Mystery of London, the Blue Death, and A Boy Called Eel by Deborah Hopkinson

One Came Home by Amy Timberlake

Brotherhood by Anne Westrick

High School Division
The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black

The Boys in the Boat:Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel James Brown

The Living by Matt de la Pena

The Summer Prince by Alaya Dawn Johnson

Reality Boy by A.S. King

More Than This by Patrick Ness

Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick

All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill


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2015 Voting

Voting for the 2015 Oregon Reader’s Choice Award is now closed.  Thank you to all the readers who voted and all the librarians and teachers who made it possible.  A shout out goes to the schools and libraries listed below.  If you don’t see your organization in the list, please email orca@olaweb.org as soon as possible.  Winners will be announced on April 17 at the Oregon Library Association conference and on this blog and the ORCA website.

Albina Library Mabe Rush Elementary School
Athey Creek Middle School Marshfield High School
Beaverton City Library McBride Elementary
Beaverton City Library Metropolitan Learning Center
Bellview Elementary School MLA
Bethany Elementary Naas Elementary School
Beverly Cleary School Nancy Ryles Elementary
Boones Ferry Primary Newport Intermediate School
Boring Middle School Newport Public Library
Canyonville School North Bay Elementary
Capitol Hill Library North Bend High School
Cathedral School North Bend Middle School
Chapman Elementary Oak Grove Elementary
Clear Lake Elementary Portland Jewish Academy
Coffenberry Middle School Pringle Elementary
Crescent Valley High School Rainier Jr/Sr High School
East Orient Elementary School Raleigh Hills
Eastwood Elementary Roosevelt Elementary School
Edgewood Community Elementary School Rosedale Elementary
Edy Ridge Elementary Rural Dell Elementary
Eugene Public Library Salem Public Library
Farmington View Elementary Sandy High School
Gearhart Elementary Spencer Butte Middle School
Glencoe Elem St. Ignatius School
Highland Elementary School St. Pius X School
Holcomb Elementary Stella Mayfield Elementary, Elgin High School and Elgin Public Library
Howard Elementary School Stephenson Elementary
Imlay Elementary School Straub Middle School
Jackson Tigard Public Library
Kelly Creek Elementary Tri-City Elementary
Laurel Ridge Middle School Vestal K8
Ledding Library Warrenton Grade School
Lewis Elementary School Winchester Elementary School
Logos Charter School Wood Middle School

Middleton Elementary

Bolton Primary School


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Vote for your 2015 favorites

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.

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