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Missouri Building Block Picture Book Award
The Missouri Building Block Picture Book Award, administered by the Youth Services Community of Interest of MLA, 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, the award was first given in 1996.
The KC3 Award, from the Greater Kansas City Association of School Librarians, promotes reading by recognizing quality contemporary literature and introducing it to students. The Winner of the annual KC3 Award is selected by students
Show Me Readers Award (Grades 1-3)
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. The Winner of the annual Show Me Readers Award is selected by students.
Mark Twain Readers Award (Grades 4-6)
The purpose of the Mark Twain Readers Award is to provide children of Missouri with a recommended reading list of literature that will enrich their lives. The winner of the Mark Twain Readers Award is selected annually by students in grades four through six.
Truman Readers Award (Grades 6-8)
The Truman Readers Award encourages students in the 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. The winner of the annual Truman Readers Award is selected by students in grades six through eight.
Gateway Readers Award (Grades 9-12)
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 selected by students in Missouri in grades nine through twelve.
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.
Coretta Scott King Award
The award (or awards) is given to an African American author and an African American illustrator for an outstandingly inspirational and educational contribution.
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.