Serve on our Selection Committee
Being a member of the Star of the North Picture Book Award Selection Committee requires that you truly enjoy reading children's literature, are willing to spend many hours in the coming year seeking out and reading books, and can think critically about those books. You must represent your school or community, but also be sensitive to and tolerant of schools and communities that are not like yours -- a big challenge and responsibility!
Selection Committee members serve in one of two capacities. Regional Representatives read picture books throughout the year and meet once a year in January to finalize the list of nominees for the following year. There is one Representative position for each public library region in the state. Representatives must be members of MYRA. Regional Readers read picture books throughout the year and give their feedback to their Regional Representative. Regional readers are not required to be MYRA members. There is no limit to the number of Regional Readers who may participate.
We are unable to provide copies of recommended books to committee members. Committee members must be willing to use inter-library loan or other sources to obtain books on the reading list. Committee members also must agree to attend a meeting in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area on a Saturday in January in order to arrive at a list of nominees for the upcoming school year.
Being a member of a Selection Committee is a lot of work -- but it is also a lot of fun for those who truly love and understand children's literature.
To serve on our Selection Committee, please complete the application form found here.
What is the difference between being a reader and a regional representative?
If I am interested in being a reader or regional representative, what should I do?
Fill out your information on the Selection Committee Application form. The information will be sent the Award Chair, Laura Given. She will contact you via email.