Minnesota Youth Reading Awards

About the Maud Hart Lovelace Award

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:

    • books must be available in paperback as of January 1st of the selection year
    • author must live in North America
    • original copyright must be within three years of the selection year
    • must be work of fiction and not classified as a picture book
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.

Want to learn more?

Maud Hart Lovelace Award questions can be directed to our MHL Award Chair at mhl@myrahome.org

Interested in learning more about Maud Hart Lovelace, honored Minnesota author? Check these links out:

Maud Hart Lovelace Society

Betsy-Tacy Society

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