Mission Statement

The mission of the Missouri Center for the Book mirrors that of the National Center of the Book, “promote books, authors, and the larger community of the book." It is a statewide organization that promotes the importance of books and reading to Missouri residents, celebrates the state’s literary heritage, and recognizes the contributions of Missouri’s authors, book illustrators, booksellers, publishers, librarians, and others involved in the literary arts.  


Each year the MCB chooses a book to represent out state at the National Book Festival in Washington, D.C.  This year's choice is PIRATES  by David Harrison, Illustrated by Dan Burr.  UCM, Warrensburg, the central regional chapter for the MCB is hosting a reception to celebrated this fabulous book, with both the author and illustrator attending.