Minnesota Youth Reading Awards

2025 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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2025 MHL Division I Nominees

  • Across the Desert by Dusti Bowling

  • The Adventure is Now by Jess Redman

  • The Beatryce Prophecy by Kate DiCamillo

  • Better with Butter by Victoria Piontek

  • Frizzy by Claribel A. Ortega

  • How to Win a Slime War by Mae Respicio

  • Hummingbird by Natalie Lloyd

  • Odder by Katherine Applegate

  • A Rover’s Story by Jasmine Warga

  • Squished by Megan Wagner Lloyd

2025 MHL Division II Nominees

  • Across the Desert by Dusti Bowling

  • Alone by Megan E. Freeman

  • Attack of the Black Rectangles by Amy Sarig King

  • Daughter of the Deep by Rick Riordan

  • A Duet for Home by Karina Yan Glaser

  • Frizzy by Claribel A. Ortega

  • Hummingbird by Natalie Lloyd

  • Invisible by Christina Diaz Gonzalez

  • The Ogress and the Orphans by Kelly Barnhill

  • Ophie’s Ghosts by Justina Ireland

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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