Show Me Readers Award Program

The Show Me Readers Award Program is a state-wide children’s choice reading program for students in 1st – 3rd grades, as well as older students who are reading and listening to picture books. It is sponsored by the Missouri Association of School Librarians.

Students participate by reading or listening to at least 6 books from a list of 10 quality picture books that have been selected by teachers and librarians around the state. These are all books that were published two years prior to the current year. Students then vote for their favorite book to help choose the new winner. The author of the book which receives the most votes statewide receives a special award.

Thousands of children around Missouri participate in this program each year. Here at Missouri School for the Blind, those students who participate are rewarded with an all-day field trip to the St. Louis Storytelling Festival in the springtime.

For more information on the Show Me Readers Award Program, and for the list of current nominees and past winners, visit Show Me Readers Award Program.

Mark Twain Readers Award Program

The Mark Twain Readers Award Program is a state-wide children’s choice reading program for students in 4th – 6 th grades. It is sponsored by the Missouri Association of School Librarians.

Students participate by reading or listening to at least 4 books from a list of 12 quality chapter books that have been selected by teachers and librarians around the state. These are all books that were published two years prior to the current year. Students then vote for their favorite book to help choose the new winner. The author of the book which receives the most votes statewide receives a special award.

Thousands of children around Missouri participate in this program each year. Here at Missouri School for the Blind, those students who participate are rewarded with an all-day field trip to the St. Louis Storytelling Festival in the springtime.

For more information on the Mark Twain Award Readers Program, and for the list of current nominees and past winners, visit Mark Twain Award Program.

Truman Readers Award Program

The Truman Readers Award Program is a state-wide children's choice reading program for students in 6th to 8th grades. It is sponsored by the Missouri Association of School Librarians.

Students participate by reading or listening to at least 4 books from a list of 12 quality chapter books that have been selected by teachers and librarians around the state. These are all books that were published two years prior to the current year. Students then vote for their favorite book to help choose the new winner. The author of the book which receives the most votes state-wide receives a special award.

Thousands of children around Missouri participate in this program each year. Here at Missouri School for the Blind, those students who participate are rewarded with an all-day field trip to the St. Louis Storytelling Festival in the springtime.

For more information on the Truman Readers Award Program, and for the list of current nominees and past winners, click here: Truman Readers Award Program

Gateway Readers Award Program

The Gateway Readers Award Program is a state-wide student’s choice reading program for students in 9th – 12th grades. It is sponsored by the Missouri Association of School Librarians.

Students participate by reading or listening to at least 3 books from a list of 15 quality books for young adults that have been selected by teachers and librarians around the state. These are all books that were published two years prior to the current year. Students then vote for their favorite book to help choose the new winner. The author of the book which receives the most votes statewide receives a special award.

Here at Missouri School for the Blind, those students who participate are invited to participate in an end-of-year activity that is book-related. Past excursions took participants to the public library to learn about downloadable books and to a bookstore, where they could browse through the recorded bookshelves and purchase books for themselves. Other years, participants enjoyed a pizza-and-movie-night at which they watched a movie based on one of the books they have read, or if the timing is right, to a theater to watch a new movie based on one of the teen books they’ve read.

For more information on the Gateway Readers Award Program, and for the list of current nominees and past winners, visit Gateway Readers Award Program.