MYRCA’s Big Reveal

The crowd waits
Monday, May 6, 2019 – 7 pm   McNally Robinson’s Booksellers, Winnipeg

Teachers, librarians, parents and kids fill the atrium. I am there, too. We are all waiting for the same thing. The big MYRCA reveal. What books have been selected for the 2020 Manitoba Young Readers Choice Award reading list?

Prizes line the table, all ready for the many draws

MYRCA was established by the Manitoba School Library Association in 1990 to mark the International Year of Literacy. For the past 29 years, students across the province in grades 4 to 9 have been offered a slate of short-listed Canadian novels to read, discuss and assess. In early April, students who have read a minimum of 3 titles vote for their favourite. Votes are collected, tabulated, and when the dust settles a MYRCA winner and two Honor Book winners are announced.

Sundogs on display

As it stands now, MYRCA offers two lists of nominated titles: MYRCA Sundogs for grades 4-6. MYRCA Northern Reflections for grades 7-9. But back to McNally Robinsons. The moment. The big reveal. The Sundogs first. Lucky me, Coop the Great is a nominated title. I’ve known for a while, but I’ve been sworn to secrecy. It’s a relief to have it public now.

Nancy Chappell-Pollack & Colleen Nelson introduce their book,Pulse Point, a Northern Reflections nominee
Heather Smith talks about Ebb & Flow, her nominated novel in the Northern Reflections category
Its my turn to introduce Coop the Great

There are 10 books on the Sundogs shortlist and another 10 on the Northern Reflections list. Congratulations to all the nominees. I’m thrilled to be in such great company. Even more thrilled that kids across the province will be reading about Coop.

It was an exciting evening for all who attended. The teachers, librarians and devoted others who head the MYRCA program made it special. Thanks to all who attended or contributed time and resources to launch another MYRCA year.  Let the reading begin! 

More information about MYRCA can be found on the MYRCA website

MYRCA 2020 Sundogs
MYRCA 2020 Northern Reflections

1 Comment

  • maryloudriedger

    May 13, 2019 at 1:56 pm Reply

    This is so great Larry! Your story deserves as wide an audience as possible!

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