Maud Hart Lovelace and Star of the North awards

Maud Hart Lovelace Book Award

From March 1-31, kids in grades 3-8 can vote for their favorite nominated titles at any Hennepin County library. Kids must read or listen to at least three nominated titles to be eligible to vote.

The Maud Hard Lovelace Book Award has nominees in two divisions, Division I nominees for grades 3-5 and Division II nominees for grades 6-8. Last year's winners were "Escape From Mr. Lemoncello's Library" by Chris Grabenstein in Division I and "One for the Murphys" by Lynda Mullaly Huntin Division II. More past winners can be found in our book lists.

Nominees are chosen by a selection committee. Here are some of the selection criteria: the book must be available in paperback by February 1; the author must live in North America; the copyright date of the book must be within the last five years and the book must be a work of fiction.

This year's winners and next year's nominees will be announced on Maud Hart Lovelace's birthday, April 25.

Star of the North Picture Book Award

Kids in preK-grade 8 can vote for their favorite nominated title for the Star of the North Picture Book Award! Kids must read (or have read to them) at least 8 of the 10 nominated titles to be eligible to vote. Kids can vote from March 1-31.

Stop by any Hennepin County library and ask for a book tracker so you’ll know which books you’ve already read. Check out some titles from the list or find a comfy spot and read right in the library! Nominees and winners can be found in our book lists.

Nominees are chosen by a selection committee. Some of criteria are: the title copyrights are from the previous 2 years; the authors and illustrators must live in North America; titles may not be a holiday book, a toy, a puzzle, or a pop-up book; nominated pictures books may be fiction or nonfiction.

The winner will be announced sometime between April 18-25