Minnesota Youth Reading Awards

Welcome to MYRA, the Minnesota Youth Reading Awards, home of the Maud Hart Lovelace and Star of the North Book awards.

Board positions now open!

What's MYRA?

It is Minnesota Youth Reading Awards' (MYRA's) purpose to administer yearly "read and vote" awards programs, providing nominee titles that offer opportunities for Minnesota youth to see themselves and others in the pages, to make new connections, and to engage and enjoy the world of reading.

Proudly 100% volunteer powered! Connecting Minnesota youth to amazing books for 40 years.

COVID-19: MYRA Voting and Events

We are currently monitoring the local situation with COVID-19. We have sent two emails to members regarding this situation: 3/13/20 and 3/16/20

Why Join MYRA?

  • Access to voting privileges for both the Maud Hart Lovelace AND the Star of the North Book Awards for one site

  • Member-only resources and goodies

  • Summer packet of items including posters, bookmarks and more from our sponsors

  • Updates throughout the year about events and resources related to the current nominees

Watch the 2019 MHL Awards


Watch the recorded Periscope video of the live event!

Upcoming events

    • Tuesday, February 25, 2020
    • Tuesday, March 31, 2020

    We will carefully monitor updates regarding COVID-19 and adjust our voting window as necessary. As of 3/13/20, no changes are made to our voting window.

    Voting for the Maud Hart Lovelace (MHL) Div I, Div, II, and the Star of the North Awards is open Tuesday, Feb 25 through Tuesday, March 31. Members should log in and visit www.myrahome.org/voting for complete details.

    MYRA members have access to SOTN and MHL ballots and resources throughout the year. Check our members only resource page for more general resources.

    • Saturday, April 18, 2020
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

    COVID Update 3/13: We are carefully monitoring updates regarding COVID-19. Due to CDC guidelines regarding social distancing, this event will not occur on April 18. Please check back for future details regarding a postponement date or a virtual event.

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    The Minnesota Youth Reading Awards are coming to the Burnhaven Library! Students across Minnesota are voting to decide the winners of the Maud Hart Lovelace and Star of the North awards, and now you are invited to hear the live results! You will also be the first to discover next year’s nominees, and you can even meet some of these surprise authors. Prize drawings, bookish activities, and refreshments round out this free event. Books will also be available for purchase.

    Will your favorite book win? What titles will be up for next year’s award? Don’t miss this exclusive chance to find out!

    Special thanks to Dakota County Library for hosting our event.



Volunteer With MYRA!

We are always needing assistance with MYRA activities throughout the year.

Please email president@myrahome.org if you are interested in joining our organization! MYRA cannot function without our great volunteers, from board members, selection committee members and readers.

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