In 2006 the Michigan Reading Association established a Board Award that would honor a Michigan author and/or illustrator. The candidate must have strongly influenced literacy in Michigan in any dimension of literacy: which may include but is not limited to: children's fiction/nonfiction, young adult fiction/nonfiction, adult fiction/nonfiction, drama, song, poetry, newspaper, magazine or multimedia.
The past recipients of the Gwen Frostic Award are listed below:
- 2006 – Gloria Whalen, Poet, Short Story Writer and Novelist
- 2007 – Wendy Anderson Halperin – Author and Illustrator.
- 2008 – Gijsbert van Frankenhuyzen – Illustrator and Naturalist
- 2009 – Shirley Nietzel -Children's Author
- 2010 - Patricia Polacco - Author and Illustrator
- 2011 - Margaret Willey - Children's Author, Folklorist, and Novelist
- 2012 - Ryan Hipp - Author and Illustrator
- 2013 - Gary Schmidt - Author
- 2014 - Kelly DiPucchio - Author
- 2015 - Christopher Paul Curtis - Author
- 2016 - Matt Faulkner - Author
- 2017 - Devin Scillian - Author, Musician, Reporter, Broadcast Journalist and TV Anchor
- 2018 - Carrie Pearson - Author
- 2019 - Buffy Silverman - Author
- 2020 - Leslie Helakoski - Author and Ilustrator
- 2021 - Karen Bell-Brege & Darrin Brege - Authors/Illustrators
Nominations are due in November of each year.