A Gainesville third-grader presented the author of one of his favorite books with an award at a state conference

On April 10, Gainesville Elementary School third-grade student and avid reader Owen Hogan was impeccably dressed as he attended the Missouri School Librarians Association’s annual spring conference, which s is held at Osage Beach. Owen is the son of Kyle Hogan and Sarah Hogan.

During the Readers Award Banquet portion of the event, 9-year-old Owen took to the podium, representing the more than 61,000 Missouri students in grades one through three who participated in the vote for the Show Me Readers Awards 2021, a competition with prizes awarded to children. books based on votes cast by student readers.

During Owen’s presentation, he recognized the top three books chosen in this vote, as well as the authors and illustrators of those books. Among the authors acknowledged by Owen was Stef Wade, who attended the event to receive an award for his book, A place for Plutowho received third place in the 2021 Show Me Readers Award voting – and is one of Owen’s favourites.

“A place for Pluto has been one of Owen’s favorites since its release. Ms. Wade also let Owen read her latest book, Move to Mars, which has yet to be released,” said Sarah, Owen’s mother, describing the exciting evening. “He was able to help her during the book signing and autograph hour before the ceremony, present her and her book during the ceremony, and spend a dinner touring all things space and astronaut related, that they both share a love for.”

Wade was impressed with Owen, posting photos with the young reader on his social media accounts after the event.

“This young man spoke in front of over 500 people and blew us all away. A great thinker and voracious reader, he reminded me why I love this job so much,” Wade posted on Facebook.

The Show Me Readers Award is sponsored by the Missouri Association of School Librarians and is selected annually by Missouri students in grades one through three. The purpose of the Show Me Readers Award is to promote literature, literacy, and reading in Missouri elementary schools in grades one through three and to promote recognition of Missouri children’s favorite book authors and illustrators in those classes.

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