Delivering the magic
of wonder

Sparking a student’s imagination through the opportunity to meet their favorite author.

Lifelong Memories

Interacting with an author gives a child a truly wonderful experience– a unique opportunity to engage with the winning author, voted on by the students themselves.

Author Inspiration

Authors provide students with valuable insight on the craft of creating wonder. While speaking about lessons they’ve learned on persistence, resilience and observation, they inspire students to further explore life experience through reading.

Powerful Impact

Reading delivers valuable life lessons like empathy, inclusion, and finding joy in adversity. The power of hearing the process of story telling is profound. The Milner Award delivers the story behind the story.

We Make Reading Exciting

Read2Vote empowers students to bring their imagination to life through critical thought. The Milner Award provides classrooms with two books for students to read and vote for in the Read2Vote campaign. This experience creates conversation within the classroom and fosters student decision making, culminating in a visit by the author they choose. The Milner Award brings reading to life. 

We Make Reading Exciting

Read2Vote empowers students to bring their imagination to life through critical thought. The Milner Award provides classrooms with two books for students to read and vote for in the Read2Vote campaign. This experience creates conversation within the classroom and fosters student decision making, culminating in a visit by the author they choose. The Milner Award brings reading to life. 

#Read2Vote

Read 2 Books

Students receive two books written by two different authors. Students will read, reflect and discuss both books in the classroom.

Vote For Favorite Author

After comparing both books, students will submit their choice for their favorite author using our online voting tool. 

Author Visit

The selected author visits the students, virtually or in person, to talk about their craft, their life experiences, and the creative process. Students get to ask questions and interact with the author.

Meet the 2021 – 2022 #Read2Vote
Milner Award Recipient

Sharon Draper

Author of: 

Out of My Mind
Out of My Heart
Stella by Starlight
Blended

Sharon M. Draper is a New York Times bestselling author and a recipient of the Margaret A. Edwards Award honoring her significant and lasting contribution to writing for teens. She has received the Coretta Scott King Award for both Copper Sun and Forged by Fire and was awarded the Charlotte Huck Award for Stella by Starlight. Her novel Out of My Mind has won multiple awards and was a New York Times bestseller for over three years. She taught high school English for twenty-five years and was named National Teacher of the Year. She now lives in Florida.

Visit her at sharondraper.com

2021 – 2022 #Read2Vote Authors

Sharon Draper

Author of: Out of My Mind

Renee Watson

Author of: Ways to Make Sunshine

Previous Milner Award Recipients

Previous Milner award winners include Christopher Paul Curtis, Dav Pilkey, Jeff Kinney, Rachel Renee Russell, Rick Riordan, Kate DiCamillo, Mary Pope Osborne, R.L. Stine, and Judy Blume.

2018 Winner
Christopher Paul Curtis

Previous Milner Award Recipients

Previous Milner award winners include Christopher Paul Curtis, Dav Pilkey, Jeff Kinney, Rachel Renee Russell, Rick Riordan, Kate DiCamillo, Mary Pope Osborne, R.L. Stine, and Judy Blume.

2018 Winner
Christopher Paul Curtis

Students are Immersed and Empowered

Reading is fun and empowering. It ignites imagination and opens pathways to worlds outside of our own. The Milner Award puts books in the hands of students and encourages them to vote for their favorite author – so that they can experience the wonder of the story behind the story.

A Winning Partnership

The Milner Award and Page Turners Make Great Learners have teamed up to provide positive and unique reading experiences to students throughout Atlanta. This partnership gives students access to books and the opportunity to #Read2Vote.