The Maud Hart Lovelace Book Award is a children's read and vote book award. Its purpose is to encourage recreational reading among school age children.
Nominated titles are works of fiction of recognized quality selected by independent regional reading groups.
Students in grades 3-5 who have read or listened to at least three titles from the Division I nominee list and students in grades 6-8 who have read or listened to at least three titles from the Division II nominee list are eligible to vote for the Maud Hart Lovelace Award.
Students vote for a favorite title and ballots may be submitted to the Minnesota Youth Reading Awards beginning February 25 to March 31.
The current year's winners and next year's nominees are announced by the MYRA executive board in April. The winning authors are then invited to attend an award presentations in the fall, location and date to be announced by the MYRA executive board.
The books on the nominee lists are selected by the Maud Hart Lovelace Selection Committee. Criteria for selection include: