2024 ORCA Nominees, all divisions

Ready to send in votes?  Here's how:
To be eligible to vote for their favorite ORCA book, students must have read (or listened to) at least TWO of the nominated titles in their grade level division.

  • Each reader is entitled to ONE vote. PDF ballots are linked below, or feel free to create your own.
  • School librarians, public librarians, and/or teachers will tally votes, and then enter the total voting tallies for their building using the Total ORCA Votes Google Form. This form will be available on March 1, 2024. (Students do not enter their votes online.) 
  • Submit tally forms by 6PM on April 5, 2024.
  • The winning titles will be announced at the OLA Conference April 24-27.
-Voting Ballots for all 3 grade level divisions are linked below in PDF form or feel free to create your own.
Voting Forms PDF / Black and White Versions
Voting Forms with Book Cover Images

*Google Slide decks will ask you to make your own copy when clicking the links below. This allows you to edit for your own school. 

Slide Deck for Grades 3-5 by Darcy Rudnick*

Slide Deck for Grades 6-8 by Valerie Peacock

Slide Deck for Grades 9-12 by Carrie Light*

What is the ORCA?
The Oregon Reader's Choice Award 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.

How are the books chosen?
Books must be nominated for inclusion on the ORCA ballot.  In order to be considered, the book needs to have a copyright date of two years prior to when the ballots are announced.  This delay ensures that the title will be readily available in paperback during the voting year.  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, reading level, and regional interest.

Who may vote?
Oregon students in grades 3-12. To qualify for voting, the person must have read, or listened to, at least 2 books in one of the divisions.

When does voting take place?
Voting occurs annually between March and April of each year. See above for more voting details and deadlines for 2024.

Promotional Materials 


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The ORCA Logo may be used for promotional purposes. 
Please make every effort to preserve the logo's original aspect ratio.

ORCA Spine Labels 
ORCA Spine Labels (Word File)  /  ORCA Spine Labels (PDF File) 
(Formatted for Avery 5160 Labels)

Questions?  Please contact the ORCA Committee at [email protected]


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Congratulations to our 2023 ORCA Winners!