Award Winning Titles

Mark Twain Readers Award

 

Age Level

The winner of the Mark Twain Readers Award is selected annually by students in grades four through six.
Vision
The purpose of the Mark Twain Award is to provide children of Missouri with a recommended reading list of literature that will enrich their lives.
Guidelines for Choosing Books
Books should interest children in grades four through six.
  1. Books should be an original work written by an author living in the United States.
  2. Books should be of literary value which may enrich children’s personal lives.
  3. Books should be published two years prior to nomination on a Master List of 12 nominees.
For a complete listing of current Mark Twain Committee members, click here.

 Truman Readers Award

 

Vision

The Truman Readers Award encourages students in their early teen years to express their unique voice through exploring new literary genres, communicating with their peers about young adult literature, and honoring authors writing for young teens.

 

Requirements for Nominees:

  • Books should interest students in grades 6-8.
  • Books should be written by an author living in the United States.
  • Books should be of literary value and enrich children’s lives.
  • Books should be published 2 years prior to the nomination (2017 for current nominees).
For a complete listing of current Truman Award nominees, click here

 

Gateway Readers Award

 

Age Level

The winner of the annual Gateway Readers Award is selected by students in grades nine through twelve.
Vision
Because reading is the gateway to knowledge and lifelong learning, because the teen years are the gateway to adulthood, and because Missouri was the Gateway to the West, the Gateway Readers Award is for authors of books chosen by high school students in Missouri.
Librarians serving young adults in school and public libraries recognize the need for books written for this audience. We know the quality of this writing is imperative so that as adults our patrons will continue to seek knowledge and recreation through well-written books.
The goals of the Gateway Readers Award are the following:
1. To encourage Missouri young adults in grades nine through twelve to select and read quality literature that appeals to their needs, interests and reading levels.

2. To recognize and honor outstanding works in young adult literature.

3. To develop a cooperative relationship among schools, libraries and teens.

4. To encourage the development of school and public library services to teens.
 For a complete listing of current Gateway Award nominees click here

 

Show Me Readers Award

 

About the Show Me Readers Award

Age Level
The Winner of the annual Show Me Readers Award is selected by students in grades one through three.
Vision

The purpose of the Show Me Readers Award is to promote literature, literacy, and reading in Missouri elementary schools for grades one through three and to promote recognition of authors and illustrators of books that are favorites of Missouri children in these grades.

Criteria

Criteria for Show Me nominees is as follows:

  • Books should be published two years prior to nomination on a Master List of          nominees
  • Published in the US, with the author and illustrator living in the United States
  • Picture book, easy to read aloud with strong literary value
  • Interest and appeal to children 6 to 10 years old in grades one to three
 For a complete listing of current Show Me Award nominees click here