The Missouri Association of School Librarians sponsors several readers award programs. The books selected for these programs represent the best current youth literature available to students of different grade levels. Every year, MASL's Readers Award Committees work to create a preliminary list of titles that are read and voted upon by groups of Reader/Selectors to create the final list of nominees. Titles on the final list are then read and voted upon by students across Missouri to determine the recipients of the MASL Readers Awards.
The Show Me Readers Award promotes literature, literacy, and reading in Missouri elementary schools for grades one through three and also promotes recognition of authors and illustrators of books that are favorites of Missouri children in these grades, although all students are encouraged to read and enjoy them.
The Mark Twain Readers Award was designed to provide the children of Missouri with a recommended reading list of literature that will enrich their lives. It was originally conceived for students in grades four through six.
The Truman Readers Award encourages students in the early teen years to express their unique voice through exploring new literary genres, communicating with their peers about young adult literature, and honoring authors writing for young teens. It was designed for students in grades six through eight.