What is the Maud Hart Lovelace Book Award?Each year, a large number of 3rd-5th graders read to help determine the winner of The Maud Hart Lovelace Book Award, an award given to a favorite book author by Minnesota 3rd, 4th and 5th graders.
The purpose of the award is to encourage recreational reading among children. Maud Hart Lovelace was a Minnesota author best known for her Betsy-Tacy and Tib books of the 1940s.
Nominated titles are works of fiction recognized for their quality by a committee of teachers and librarians.
How Do Students Participate?
Students in grade 3-5 read at least four of the nominated books and vote for their favorite in late March. At Concord, students earn a 'Maud Squad' Badge with their picture on it when they have read the required four books to vote. A special orange badge is awarded to students who read all twelve of the nominees. The badges are displayed throughout the year in the Media Center.
With support from the PTO, 10-12 copies of each book are purchased annually for the library. In addition, students can acquire the books at the book fair, public libraries, and local bookstores.