Maud Hart Lovelace Reading Challenge

Dec 1st, 2017

The Annunciation library proudly presents the Maud Hart Lovelace Challenge for 2017-2018!

Readers in grades 3-8th are invited to read the Maud Hart Lovelace Award nominated books, contribute their thoughts on the titles selected and join a reader’s celebration in April.  All students have access to the nominated titles here in the Annunciation library.

Every year the members of the Minnesota Youth Reading Association choose books of different reading levels and genres.  Schools are invited to be a part of the reading challenge and the students vote for their favorite. The winners in both divisions are announced every year on Maud Hart Lovelace’s birthday, April 25th at the Red Balloon Bookshop in St. Paul. The last few years there have been over 20,000 students voting!

This is optional. Students are not required to be a part of the reading challenge. It is another great way to encourage reading for pleasure and a chance to introduce them to a genre they may not typically read.

Division I - grades 3-5

  1. Appleblossom the Possum by Holly Goldberg Sloan
  2. Bo at Ballard Creek by Kirkpatrick Hill 
  3. Dinosaur Boy by Cory Putman Oakes
  4. Fort by Cynthia DeFelice
  5. Half a Chance by Cynthia Lord
  6. Honey by Sarah Weeks
  7. The Secrets of Eastcliff-by-the-Sea by Eileen Beha 
  8. Turn Left at the Cow by Lisa Bullard
  9. The Turtle of Oman by Naomi Shihab Nye
  10. The Vanishing Coin (Magic Shop Series) by Kate Egan

Division II - grades 6-8

  1. Beneath by Roland Smith
  2. The Eighth Day by Dianne Salerni
  3. Fort by Cynthia DeFelice
  4. Half a Chance by Cynthia Lord
  5. Lois Lane: Fallout by Gwenda Bond
  6. The Red Pencil by Andrea Davis Pinkney
  7. Turn Left at the Cow by Lisa Bullard
  8. The Turtle of Oman by Naomi Shihab Nye
  9. Under the Egg by Laura Marx Fitzgerald
  10. The War that Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

Students have been asked to provide a little feedback for each book that they read. I explained to them in class that for each title they will need to complete the worksheet ( Students can complete the worksheets online during library class.

To attend the celebration party in April, students must:

  • 3rd graders must read 5 division I books + worksheets,
  • 4th graders must read 8 division I books + worksheets,
  • 5th graders must read all 10 division I books + worksheets
  • 6th graders must read 5 division II books + worksheets,
  • 7th graders must read 8 division II books + worksheets,
  • 8th graders must read all 10 division II books + worksheets.

**If any student elects to read more than the requirement (yay!) then their name will be added to a drawing for a prize.

***Additionally, if any student reads ALL the books from division I & II, their name will be entered into a separate drawing for a prize.

For more information on the Maud Hart Lovelace Award Nominees, visit the Minnesota Youth Reading Awards web site:

Happy reading!

Megan Stebbins
Library/Media Specialist
Annunciation School