In all grades, the students are reading (or listening to) the books that are nominated for the 2012 CYRMA. This is a statewide contest in which the students, upon completetion of reading, get to vote on his or her favorite of the books. This is a great activity in civic responsibility; but really the students just love to participate and vote.
We tell the students that the winning authors are so pleased to get this award because it is given to them by the very people for whom they write the books. At the acceptance speeches, the authors really do mention this.
Kindergartners through third graders are read the five nominees in the Primary Category. The fourth and fifth graders are read the three nominees in the Picture Books for Older Readers Category. The fourth and fifth graders also have the option of reading the three nominees in the Intermediate Category (this is self-started and completed). A few fifth graders participate in reading the nominees in the Middle School Category.
For more information, please visit the CYRMA website.