The Oregon Reader’s Choice Award (ORCA) was founded in 2010. The award is intended to be a fun and exciting way for Oregon youth in grades 3-12 to become enthusiastic and discriminating readers. During the course of the school year, Oregon students choose their favorite book in a real-life democratic process. Books must be nominated for inclusion on the ORCA ballot. In order to be considered, the book needs to have a copyright date of three years prior to when the ballots are announced. Oregon students, teachers, and librarians are all able to nominate books.
The nominations are reviewed by a committee of librarians and educators. The committee creates the final ballots based upon a number of criteria, including literary quality, creativity, reading enjoyment, and reading level.
The role of the ORCA committee is to read titles and contribute titles to the division lists of potential nominees. The bulk of committee work is done now -- January - April. This year, the committee is considering books with a 2019 publication date. Committee members commit to a two-year term with the option of a second term. There are openings for CSD, OYAN, and OASL members at the 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12 reading levels.
Interested? Please contact Lori Lieberman, ORCA Chair for 2020-2022
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