The Milner AwardVOTE


The Milner Award winner is the guest of honor at the Milner Award program held each year. An author can win only once and must accept the Milner Award in person. The award consists of an honorarium, a commissioned glass sculpture of a quill and inkwell by Hans Frabel, and the honor of being voted the children’s favorite author. During the programs, attended by over 1,800 elementary school students, the Milner Award winner discusses life as an author and how plots and characters are developed, giving children a glimpse of a writer’s life and process.

Become part of the Milner Award Celebration by voting for the 2020 winner now! To ensure your students can vote for next year's winner, vote online or download a ballot, have your students vote for their favorite author, and return the completed ballots to your nearest Atlanta-Fulton Public Library Branch.


The purpose of the Milner Award is to develop in children a lifelong love of reading. To encourage and nurture reading for pleasure, every Atlanta elementary school is offered a chance to participate in the ballot process through their librarians and media specialists, who inspire and guide young readers to open their imaginations through words and books. Over 100 elementary schools a year submit thousands of ballots with the names of favorite authors competing to join former Milner Award winners in receiving this honor.