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The Maud Hart Lovelace & Star of the North Awards

The Maud Hart Lovelace and Star of the North Book Awards are Children's Choice Book Awards and are facilitated by the Minnesota Youth Reading Awards (MYRA) organization. Red Balloon Bookshop is proud to promote these great programs!

Visit MYRA's website to learn more about the organization and how to join. Please see our package options below to purchase books for this year's nominees. Browse the nominees here.


Maud Hart Lovelace Award

The Maud Hart Lovelace Award's purpose is to encourage recreational reading among school-aged children. Division I titles are intended for grades 3-5 and Division II titles are intended for grades 6-8. Winners are announced around Maud's birthday, April 25, at a party at Red Balloon Bookshop.

More about the Maud Hart Lovelace Award | View current nominees
The 2021 Division I Winner is Restart by Gordan Korman. The 2021 Division II winner is Resistance by Jennifer Nielsen.

Star of the North Award

The Star of the North Award's purpose is to promote quality, engaging picture books and reading for pleasure among school-aged children. This award is focused on picture books intended for a kindergarten through 2nd grade audience. However, pre-k and older children are also welcome to participate.

More about the Star of the North Award | View current nominees
The 2021 Star of the North winner is Potato Pants by Laurie Keller.



Teachers and schools can use the order form below to select titles or full sets of nominated books. Please email completed orders to or mail them to the store, care of Susan.