Minnesota Youth Reading Awards

2023 Maud Hart Lovelace (MHL) Award Nominees

Our selection committee is happy to announce the nominees for Division I and Division II of the Maud Hart Lovelace Award. To learn how our committee selects titles, please visit our main MHL page.

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2023 MHL Division I Nominees

  • The Best of Iggy by Annie Barrows

  • Coop Knows the Scoop by Taryn Souders  

  • The Lion of Mars by Jennifer L. Holm

  • The Littlest Voyageur by Margi Preus; illustrated by Cheryl Pilgrim

  • Measuring Up by Lily Lamotte; illustrated Ann Xu

  • Ways to Make Sunshine by RenĂ©e Watson 

  • Brave Like That by Lindsey Stoddard

  • City Spies by James Ponti

  • Count Me In by Varsha Bajaj 

  • Song for a Whale by Lynne Kelly


2023 MHL Division II Nominees

  • 96 Miles by J.L. Esplin, 
  • All the Impossible Things by  Lindsay Lackey
  • Becoming Muhammad Ali by James Patterson & Kwame Alexander  
  • Fighting Words* by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley 
  • The Missing Piece of Charlie O'Reilly by Rebecca K.S. Ansari
  • White Bird: a Wonder Story by R.J. Palacio  
  • Brave Like That by Lindsey Stoddard

  • City Spies by James Ponti

  • Count Me In by Varsha Bajaj 

  • Song for a Whale by Lynne Kelly


    *Please be advised that an asterisk indicates titles for mature readers. Suicide and sexual abuse themes are addressed in an age-appropriate way in “Fighting Words.”

    The nominee lists are not intended to be an automatic recommendation of the books. Since selection policies vary, please apply your specific selection criteria to each title and purchase those titles that best meet the needs of your library or school.


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