The Wyoming Library Association and the Wyoming State Literacy Association jointly sponsor three awards: the Buckaroo Book Award for children in grades K-3, the Indian Paintbrush Book Award for children in grades 4-6, and the Soaring Eagle Book Award for youth in grades 7-12. The purpose of these awards is to provide an opportunity for the youth of Wyoming to read and select favorite books and to honor the authors of those books.
WLA has a standing committee for each of the three awards. Each committee has four members appointed by the Wyoming State Literacy Association and four members appointed by the WLA president (two from the School Library/Media Personnel Interest Group and two from the Children's/YA Interest Group). All members serve three-year terms and there is one co-chair from each sponsoring group.