Star of the North Picture Book Award

Given by Minnesota Youth Reading Awards, Inc. (MYRA)

Other Names: MYRA Star of the North Award, Star of the North Award
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About the Star of the North Award

The Star of the North Picture Book Award was established in 2013 under the auspices of the Minnesota Youth Reading Awards. The purpose of the award is to promote

show more quality, engaging picture books and reading for pleasure among school-aged children. The final list of ten nominees is selected by the Star of the North Selection Committee.

Throughout the year, teachers, media specialists, and public librarians are encouraged to present the nominees in appealing and meaningful ways, to read the books aloud, and to develop activities that will connect the literature to the curriculum. In March, students across the state vote on which books they think should win for the individual categories. The book receiving the most votes from children in grades K-2 is the winner.

How the award works:

Each year ten picture book nominees will be announced.

Students or library participants who read or have read to them at least eight of the ten nominees will be eligible to vote.

Votes will be collected from MYRA members during the month of March. The award winner will be announced each year in April. New nominees will be announced at the same time.

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.

Questions about the Star of the North Award can be directed to our SOTN Award Chair at show less

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November 2023: Nominee2024 Recent

Winner 10

Honor 12

2nd Place 4

3rd Place 4

Nominee 110

John's Turn by Mac Barnett2024
Knight Owl by Christopher Denise2024
Berry Song by Michaela Goade2024
The Big Leaf Leap by Molly Beth Griffin2024
Blue Floats Away by Travis Jonker2024
A House for Every Bird by Megan Maynor2024
The Beak Book by Robin Page2024
Hello, Mandarin Duck! by Bao Phi2024
Pizza!: A Slice of History by Greg Pizzoli2024
This Is a School by John Schu2024
The Box Turtle by Vanessa Roeder2023
Federico and the Wolf by Rebecca J. Gomez2023
The Paper Kingdom by Helena Ku Rhee2023
Laxmi's Mooch by Shelly Anand2023
The Electric Slide and Kai by Kelly J. Baptist2023
What Color Is My Hijab? by Hudda Ibrahim2023
Begin with a Bee by Liza Ketchum2023
Josie Dances by Denise Lajimodiere2023
Jayden’s Impossible Garden by Mélina Mangal2023
The Old Truck by Jarrett Pumphrey2023
Friday Night Wrestlefest by J. F. Fox2022
See the Cat: Three Stories About a Dog by David LaRochelle2022
Snail Crossing by Corey R. Tabor2022
I Am Every Good Thing by Derrick Barnes2022
Ten Ways to Hear Snow by Cathy Camper2022
Swashby and the Sea by Beth Ferry2022
The Oldest Student: How Mary Walker Learned to Read by Rita Lorraine Hubbard2022
Lift by Minh Lê2022
Johnny's Pheasant by Cheryl Minnema2022
The Proudest Blue: A Story of Hijab and Family by Ibtihaj Muhammad2022
Potato Pants! by Laurie Keller2021
Misunderstood Shark by Ame Dyckman2021
A Dog Named Doug by Karma Wilson2021
Under My Hijab by Hena Khan2021
Going Down Home with Daddy by Kelly Starling Lyons2021
Be Kind by Pat Zietlow Miller2021
Bear Came Along by Richard T. Morris2021
Fry Bread: A Native American Family Story by Kevin Noble Maillard2021
Snowman - Cold = Puddle: Spring Equations by Laura Purdie Salas2021
A Map into the World by Kao Kalia Yang2021
Can I Be Your Dog? by Troy Cummings2020
We Don't Eat Our Classmates by Ryan T. Higgins2020
Crash, Splash, or Moo! by Bob Shea2020
Bowwow Powwow by Brenda J. Child2020
The Honeybee by Kirsten Hall2020
The Good for Nothing Button by Charise Mericle Harper2020
Drawn Together by Minh Lê2020
Alma and How She Got Her Name by Juana Martinez-Neal2020
John Deere, That's Who! by Tracy Nelson Maurer2020
The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson2020
The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors by Drew Daywalt2019
Big Cat, Little Cat by Elisha Cooper2019
Give Me Back My Book! by Travis Foster2019
Jabari Jumps by Gaia Cornwall2019
Du Iz Tak by Carson Ellis2019
Maya Lin: Artist-Architect of Light and Lines by Jeanne Walker Harvey2019
Alfie by Thyra Heder2019
The Quickest Kid in Clarksville by Pat Zietlow Miller2019
A Different Pond by Bao Phi2019
After the Fall (How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again) by Dan Santat2019
The Night Gardener by Terry Fan2018
Hippos are Huge! by Jonathan London2018
Good Night Owl by Greg Pizzoli2018
Thunder Boy Jr. by Sherman Alexie2018
Lost. Found. by Marsha Diane Arnold2018
Yard Sale by Eve Bunting2018
Their Great Gift: Courage, Sacrifice, and Hope in a New Land (Carolrhoda Picture Books) by John Coy2018
Mother Bruce by Ryan T. Higgins2018
I Will Not Eat You by Adam Lehrhaupt2018
One Plastic Bag: Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Women of the Gambia by Miranda Paul2018
Red: A Crayon's Story by Michael Hall2017
Wolfie the Bunny by Ame Dyckman2017
Night Animals by Gianna Marino2017
Rhoda's Rock Hunt by Molly Beth Griffin2017
Sidewalk Flowers by JonArno Lawson2017
The Bear Ate Your Sandwich by Julia Sarcone-Roach2017
The Totally Secret Secret by Bob Shea2017
National Parks of the USA by Kate Siber2017
Emmanuel's Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah by Laurie Ann Thompson2017
In a Village by the Sea by Muon Thi Van2017
The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt2016
Gaston by Kelly DiPucchio2016
Ninja Red Riding Hood by Corey Rosen Schwartz2016
Draw! by Raul Colon2016
The Scraps Book: Notes from a Colorful Life by Lois Ehlert2016
It's an Orange Aardvark! by Michael Hall2016
Penny and Her Marble I Can Read by Kevin Henkes2016
Brave Girl: Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers' Strike of 1909 by Michelle Markel2016
Farmer Will Allen and the Growing Table by Jacqueline Briggs Martin2016
Blizzard by John Rocco2016
Moo! by David LaRochelle2015
Jangles: A Big Fish Story by David Shannon2015
I'm Bored by Michael Ian Black2015
Mr. Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown2015
My Cold Plum Lemon Pie Bluesy Mood by Tameka Fryer Brown2015
Hoop Genius: How a Desperate Teacher and a Rowdy Gym Class Invented Basketball (Carolrhoda Picture Books) by John Coy2015
Step Gently Out by Helen Frost2015
Good News, Bad News by Jeff Mack2015
Georgia in Hawaii: When Georgia O'Keeffe Painted What She Pleased by Amy Novesky2015
The Dark by Lemony Snicket2015
The Astonishing Secret of Awesome Man by Michael Chabon2014
Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett2014
Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons by Eric Litwin2014
The Day Dirk Yeller Came to Town by Mary Casanova2014
Neville by Norton Juster2014
It's a Tiger! by David LaRochelle2014
Blackout by John Rocco2014
Bear Has a Story to Tell by Philip C. Stead2014
Balloons Over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy's Parade by Melissa Sweet2014
The Watcher: Jane Goodall's Life with the Chimps by Jeanette Winter2014


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