The purpose of this site is to provide information about the nominees for the Missouri Mark Twain Readers Award. Additional information about this award and the Missouri Association of School Librarians can be found here.

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.

Guidelines for Choosing Books
  • 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 12 nominees.
  • Students must have read 4 of the nominee books to be eligible to vote.
  • Voting will occur early in March.
  • An online voting link will be provided on the MASL website for the librarian to submit votes for the entire student body.
Students, teachers, librarians, and parents can recommend a book for Readers Award consideration.

Get Involved
Interested in getting involved with the Readers Award Committees as a Reader/Selector or one-year Committee member? One-year members serve on the committees by reading more than 100 books over the course of the school year and narrow the titles down to a preliminary nominee list of 20-25 titles. Reader selectors read the preliminary nominee list of 20-25 books between August and December and rate the books to determine which ones will be on the final list of nominees for the following school year,

Click here to submit an interest form for yourself for the Mark Twain. The deadline to submit is May 20 of each year.