Mark Twain Readers Award

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The Mark Twain Readers Award, or simply Mark Twain Award, annually recognizes one book selected by vote of Missouri schoolchildren from a list prepared by librarians and volunteer readers. It is now one of four Missouri Association of School Librarians (MASL) Readers Awards and is associated with school grades 4 to 6.[1] The 1970 Newbery Medal winning book Sounder, by William H. Armstrong, was the inaugural winner of the award in 1972.[2]

Nomination guidelines[edit]

  • Books should interest children in grades four through six.
  • Books should be an original work written by an author living in the United States.
  • Books should be of literary value which may enrich children's personal lives.
  • Books should be published two years prior to nomination on a master list of twelve nominees.

Voting process[edit]

Though the list of nominated books is designated for grades four through six, any student can vote for the winner so long as they satisfy the following criteria:

  • Book must have been read by voter.
  • Voter must have read at least four books from the list of nominees.
  • Voter can only vote once.

Schools design their own ballots. Individual votes for each school (or qualified group) are tallied on a single sheet and submitted to the MASL.


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "The MASL Readers Awards" (homepage). Missouri Association of School Librarians (MASL). Retrieved 2014-05-05.
  2. ^ [ "Winners"]. MASL. Retrieved 2014-05-05.
  3. ^ "2013–2014 MASL Readers Awards Winners". MASL. Retrieved 2014-05-05.

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