I Read! I Vote!

Do you like books? Do you like telling people what you think?
Are you a kid?

Every year the Minnesota Youth Reading Awards puts out lists of books for kids to read and then asks them to vote for their favorites during the month of March. The only votes that count are kid votes!

From October through April, the Saint Paul Public Library will be offering lots of fun activities based on these awards, which are divided into three age groups:The Star of the North Award for grades K-2 and The Maud Hart Lovelace Awards: Division I for grades 3-5 and Division II for grades 6-8.


I Read! I Vote! Presents "Their Great Gift"

Merriam Park Library: Thursday, March 8, 6:30 p.m.

Parents and families are invited to meet photographer Wing Young Huie and writer John Coy at Merriam Park Library (1831 Marshall Ave., 651-642-0385) on Thursday, March 8, 6:30 p.m. Coy and Huie will discuss their award-winning book Their Great Gift: Courage, Sacrifice, and Hope in a New Land, and share stories of the people in their family who came to Minnesota and invite others to share their own family stories. This event is free and everybody is welcome.


Bookmark Contest (Deadline: March 15)

ABOUT THE CONTEST

Design a bookmark promoting your favorite Minnesota Youth Reading Awards nominated book. Winners will receive a $40 gift card to Wet Paint, Michael’s, Barnes & Noble, Half Price Books or Red Balloon and have their bookmarks printed and distributed throughout Saint Paul. Open to kids in grades K-8. Contest ends March 15. 

HOW TO SUBMIT

You can email your artwork and application to ireadivotebookmarks@gmail.com, or you can give the form to a Saint Paul Public Library staff person before March 15. 

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Bookmark Making Parties

Bookmark Making Contest: Dayton’s Bluff, Saturday, January 6 from 12-2 p.m.

Middle School Bookclub, Maud Hart Lovelace Division II
Saint Anthony Park Library, Monday, February 5 6:30-7:30 p.m.

I Read! I Vote! Storytime and Bookmark Making Party
Riverview Library, Wednesday February 21, 4-6 p.m.

Come and meet the Star of the North nominees in a special storytime! Stick around for a bookmark making party after to promote your favorite nominee. You can even enter your design into our contest! Come back to the library in March to vote in the official statewide contest and help pick this year's winner! For children in grades K-2. Ability to read is not required.

I Read! I Vote! Book Club for grades K-2; Saint Anthony Park Library, Fridays in February 4-5 p.m.,

Get ready to vote for your favorite Star of the North nominated picture book with the I Read! I Vote! Book Club! Each week, we'll read aloud a couple of the nominated books and discuss which is our favorite. We'll also do crafts and activities based on the books. Come back to the library in March to vote in the official statewide contest and help pick this year's winner! For children in grades K-2. Ability to read is not required.


Nominees

Division I (grades 3 - 5)

Division II (grades 6 - 8)

Star of the North (grades K-2)