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Show Me Readers Award

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Each year, Missouri schoolchildren in grades 1-3 vote for their favorite book from a list of nominated titles. The Show Me Readers Award is awarded to the author of this book by the Missouri Association of School Librarians.

2015 Winner

A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin
A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin
by Jen Bryant Illustrated by Melissa Sweet

Presents an illustrated introduction to the life and work of artist Horace Pippin, describing his childhood love for drawing and the World War I injury that challenged his career.

As Fast As Words Could Fly
As Fast As Words Could Fly
by Pamela M. Tuck Illustrated by Eric Velasquez

A thirteen-year-old African American boy in 1960s Greenville, North Carolina, uses his typing skills to make a statement as part of the Civil Rights movement. Based on true events.

Memoirs of a Hamster
Memoirs of a Hamster
by Devin Scillian Illustrated by Tim Bowers

A pet hamster is enticed by the family cat to venture outside his well-equipped cage to the sunroom only to very quickly discover life outside his cage is not the best for him.

Picture Day Perfection
Picture Day Perfection
by Deborah Diesen Illustrated by Dan Santat

After planning for months to have the perfect school picture taken, a boy's moment of weakness ruins everything.

The Day the Crayons Quit
The Day the Crayons Quit
by Drew Daywalt

When Duncan arrives at school one morning, he finds a stack of letters, one from each of his crayons, complaining about how he uses them.

The Invisible Boy
The Invisible Boy
by Trudy Ludwig Illustrated by Patrice Barton

Brian has always felt invisible at school, but when a new student, Justin, arrives, everything changes.

The Matchbox Diary
The Matchbox Diary
by Paul Fleischman Illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline

Follow a girl's perusal of her great-grandfather's collection of matchboxes and small curios that document his poignant immigration journey from Italy to a new country.

Trouper
Trouper
by Meg Kearney Illustrated by Earl B. Lewis

Trooper, a three-legged dog, remembers his life as a stray, before he was adopted.

Wilfred
Wilfred
by Ryan T Higgins

When Wilfred, a big, hairy, and lonesome giant, enters a town full of tiny bald people, he finds only one friend but that proves to be enough when the other townspeople trick him out of his warm hair.

Show Me Readers Nominees 2014-2015

One Cool Friend
One Cool Friend
by Toni Buzzeo Illustrated by David Small

Elliot, a very proper young man, feels a kinship with the penguins at the aquarium and wants to take one home with him.

Some Cat!
Some Cat!
by Mary Casanova

When Violet the cat is adopted she has trouble sharing her new kingdom with the family dogs until they save her from some home invaders.

Lost and Found
Lost and Found
by Bill Harley Illustrated by Adam Gustavson

Justin has lost the hat his grandmother made for him, and if he is to find it in time for her visit he will have to go talk to Mr. Rumkowsky, the gruff old school custodian in charge of the Lost and Found.

The House On Dirty-Third Street
The House On Dirty-Third Street
by Jo S. Kittinger Illustrated by Thomas Gonzalez

A mother and daughter work to turn a hopeless, rundown, and dirty old house into a loving family home with hard work, faith, and the support of their new friends and neighbors.

Helen's Big World
Helen's Big World
by Doreen Rappaport Illustrated by Matt Tavares

An introduction to the life and legacy of Helen Keller and her teacher Annie Sullivan.

Creepy Carrots!
Creepy Carrots!
by Aaron Reynolds Illustrated by Peter Brown

The carrots that grow in Crackenhopper Field are the fattest and crispiest around and Jasper Rabbit cannot resist pulling some to eat each time he passes by, until he begins hearing and seeing creepy carrots wherever he goes.

Jangles: A Big Fish Story
Jangles: A Big Fish Story
by David Shannon Illustrated by David Shannon

A father relates to his son the tale of his encounter--and friendship--with a gigantic trout whose enormous jaw is covered with so many lures and fish hooks that he jangles when he swims, but who has never been caught.

The Quiet Place
The Quiet Place
by Sarah Stewart Illustrated by David Small

A little girl moves to the United States from Mexico with her family and writes letters to her aunt in Mexico about her new life.

I Need My Own Country
I Need My Own Country
by Rick Walton Illustrated by Wes Hargis

Instructs the reader in how to form one's own country when the time comes, from finding a location, a name, and a flag, to handling the inevitable civil unrest and invasions.

Each Kindness
Each Kindness
by Jacqueline Woodson Illustrated by E.B. Lewis

When Ms. Albert teaches a lesson on kindness, Chloe realizes that she and her friends have been wrong in making fun of new student Maya's shabby clothes and refusing to play with her.

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