Monday, January 19, 2015

How you can nominate books for 2016 Oregon Readers Choice Awards (ORCA)

The ORCA awards are intended to be a fun and exciting way for Oregon youth in grades 4-12 to become enthusiastic and discriminating readers.  During the month of March, Oregon students will choose their favorite book for 2015 in a real-life democratic process.

It’s time now to nominate titles for the 2016 Oregon Readers Choice Award (ORCA) titles at the ORCA blog. Here is a general timeline of how the process works and what you can do.

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. Categories are Upper Elementary (grades 3-5), Middle School (grades 6-8), and High School (grades 9-12).

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 is open from January 1 until February 28, 2015.

What happens next? 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.

When are the winners announced? 2016 titles will be announced at the Oregon Library Association Convention in April and then posted on the ORCA website and blog.

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