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Show Me Readers Award

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.

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2016 Winner

Trouper by Meg Kearney Illustrated by Earl B. Lewis
Trooper, a three-legged dog, remembers his life as a stray, before he was adopted.

Show Me Readers Nominees 2016-2017

Mogie: The Heart of the House
Mogie: The Heart of the House by Kathi Appelt Illustrated by Marc Rosenthal
A rambunctious puppy finds a home at the Ronald McDonald House, a place that houses sick children and their families while they undergo treatment.
Ivan: the Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla
Ivan: the Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla by Katherine Applegate Illustrated by G. Brian Karas
The true story of Ivan, known as the Shopping Mall Gorilla, who lived alone in a small cage for almost 30 years before being relocated to the gorilla habitat at ZooAtlanta.
The Tooth Fairy Wars
The Tooth Fairy Wars by Kate Coombs Illustrated by Jake Parker
A determined young boy and a no-nonsense Tooth Fairy tussle over who gets to keep his baby teeth.
Elizabeth, Queen of the Seas
Elizabeth, Queen of the Seas by Lynne Cox Illustrated by Brian Floca
Here is the incredible story of Elizabeth, a real-life elephant seal who made her home in the Avon River in the city of Christchurch, New Zealand. When Elizabeth decides to stretch out across a two-lane road, the citizens worry she might get hurt or cause traffic accidents, so a group of volunteers tows her out to sea. But Elizabeth swims all the way back to Christchurch. The volunteers catch her again and again -- each time towing her farther, even hundreds of miles away -- but, still, Elizabeth finds her way back home.
Gaston by Kelly DiPucchio Illustrated by Christian Robinson
A proper bulldog raised in a poodle family and a tough poodle raised in a bulldog family meet one day in the park.
A Mom for Umande
A Mom for Umande by Maria Faulconer Illustrated by Susan Kathleen Hartung
Because his own mother is too young to take care of him, Umande, a newborn gorilla, is fed and cuddled by human zookeepers until a surrogate mother is found.
I Love You Just Enough
I Love You Just Enough by Robbyn S. Frankenhuyzen Illustrated by Gijsbert van Frankenhuyzen
A young girl finds a wood duckling separated from his family and teaches him to swim, hunt for bugs, and how to fly.
Strongheart: the World's First Movie Star Dog
Strongheart: the World's First Movie Star Dog by Emily McCully
When silent movie director Larry Trimble decides to put Strongheart, a police dog, into his movies as the lead actor, he must first train him to play with toys and walk like a regular dog, but Strongheart becomes a sensation until his military training leads to trouble, and possibly the end of his career. Includes author's note on the real Strongheart.
Ninja Red Riding Hood
Ninja Red Riding Hood by Corey R. Schwartz
In this twist on "Little Red Riding Hood," a certain wolf trains to be a ninja in order to catch his prey, but he is not the only one mastering a martial art.
Yoda: The Story of a Cat and his Kittens
Yoda: The Story of a Cat and his Kittens by Beth Stern Illustrated by Devin Crane
Sometimes ... miracles have bright blue eyes, a long fluffy tail, soft white fur, and are named... Yoda.