Recommended Reading

Read Outside the Box

Are you a reader who always reads the same kinds of books? We’re here to challenge you to READ OUTSIDE THE BOX!

Middle and high schoolers can sign up for our quarterly themed boxes, personally picked out by librarians to ensure you get a quality reading experience.

Missouri Awards

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Missouri Building Block Picture Book Award

The Missouri Building Block Picture Book Award is presented annually to the author and illustrator of the picture book voted most popular by preschool children in Missouri's public libraries. Designed to encourage reading aloud to children from birth through kindergarten age.

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Show Me Readers Award

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.

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Mark Twain Award

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.

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Truman Readers Award

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.

National Awards

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Caldecott Medal

The Caldecott Medal was named in honor of nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.

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Coretta Scott King Award

The Coretta Scott King Award (or awards) is given to an African American author and an African American illustrator for an outstandingly inspirational and educational contribution.

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Newbery Medal

The Newbery Medal was named for eighteenth-century British bookseller John Newbery. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.

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