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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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2018 Winner

Ketzel, The Cat Who Composed
Ketzel, The Cat Who Composed by Leslea Newman Illustrated by Amy June Bates
Moshe Cotel was a composer who lived in a noisy building on a noisy street in a noisy city. One day, while out for a walk, he heard a small, sad sound that he'd never heard before. It was a tiny kitten! "Come on, little Ketzel," Moshe said, "I will take you home and we will make beautiful music together." And they did--in a most surprising way.

Show Me Readers Nominees 2018-2019

A Bike Like Sergio's
A Bike Like Sergio's by  Maribeth Boelts
A Junior Library Guild selection--Front jacket flap. ________ Ruben feels like he is the only kid without a bike. His friend Sergio reminds him that his birthday is coming, but Ruben knows that the kinds of birthday gifts he and Sergio receive are not the same. After all, when Ruben's mom sends him to Sonny's corner store for groceries, sometimes she doesn't have enough money for everything on the list. So when Ruben sees a dollar bill fall out of someone's purse, he picks it up and puts it in his pocket. But when he gets home, he discovers it's not one dollar or even five or ten--it's a hundred-dollar bill, more than enough for a new bike just like Sergio's!
Dear Dragon
Dear Dragon by  Josh Funk
As a school project, George and Blaise become pen pals, writing rhyming letters about their favorite things to do, unaware that one is human and the other a dragon.
Diana's White House Garden
Diana's White House Garden by  Elisa Lynn Carbone
It's 1943, and the White House is busy with the war effort. Diana Hopkins only wants to help, but doesn't know what a ten-year-old can do - until the Roosevelts come up with the idea of Victory Gardens, and Diana suddenly has the important job of Victory Gardener for the White House.
Good Night, Bat! Good Morning, Squirrel!
Good Night, Bat! Good Morning, Squirrel! by Paul Meisel
A lonely bat thinks he has found a perfect home until he discovers that it's already inhabited by a persnickety squirrel.
Madeline Finn and the Library Dog
Madeline Finn and the Library Dog by  Lisa Papp
Reluctant reader Madeline really wants to earn a star at school, so when Mrs. Dimple, the librarian, suggests she read to a dog Madeline gives it a try.
Seven and a Half Tons of Steel
Seven and a Half Tons of Steel by Janet Nolan
The story of how a steel beam from the World Trade Center became the bow of a Navy ship.
The Magic Word
The Magic Word by Mac Barnett
Paxton discovers that by saying the word "alakazoomba," he can magically get whatever he pleases.
The Quickest Kid in Clarksville
The Quickest Kid in Clarksville by Pat Zietlow Miller
Growing up in the segregated town of Clarksville, Tennessee, in the 1960s, Alta's family cannot afford to buy her new sneakers--but she still plans to attend the parade celebrating her hero Wilma Rudolph's three Olympic gold medals.
The Water Princess
The Water Princess by Susan Verde
The story of one young girl's quest to bring clean drinking water to her African village.
Who Wants a Tortoise?
Who Wants a Tortoise? by  David Keane
Expecting a dog for her birthday, a girl is upset and furious when she gets a tortoise instead, but soon learns that even a tortoise can be a good pet.