Readers Awards


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About the Readers Awards

Mission Statement

The librarians of Missouri believe that exposing students to quality literature impacts their future reading habits.  These awards encourage students in grades one through twelve to explore new literary genres, to recognize excellence in writing and illustrating, and to experience the joy of literature.

MASL’s six Readers Awards represent the best current youth literature available to students of different grade levels. View all committee members.

Show Me Readers Award (Grades 1-3)

  • Picture books, easy to read aloud with strong literary value, with interest and appeal to children 6 to 10 years old.
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Mark Twain Readers Award (Grades 4-6)

  • Books should interest children in grades four through six and should be of literary value which may enrich children’s personal lives.
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Truman Readers Award (Grades 6-8)

  • Books should interest students in their early teen years and should be of literary value and enrich readers lives.
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Gateway Readers Award (Grades 9-12)

  • Books of interest to young adults in grades nine through twelve and appeal to their needs, interests and reading levels.
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Dogwood Readers Award (Grades PreK-12)

  • Books of interest to a range of readers in grades PreK-12 and connect young readers in Missouri with quality non-fiction books to broaden their knowledge of the world.
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Denny O’Neil Graphic Novel Readers Award (Grades PreK-12)

  • Books will be of interest to a range of readers in grades PreK-12. Books will connect young readers in Missouri with quality graphic novels that will broaden their knowledge of the world and enrich their reading experiences.
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Recommend A Book – Students, teachers, librarians, and parents can recommend a book for Readers Award consideration.