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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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2019 Winner

The Magic Word
The Magic Word by Mac Barnett Illustrated by Elise Parsley
Paxton discovers that by saying the word "alakazoomba," he can magically get whatever he pleases.

Show Me Readers Nominees 2019-2020

After the Fall : How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again
After the Fall : How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again by Dan Santat
After falling off the wall, Humpty Dumpty is very afraid of climbing up again, but is determined not to let fear stop him from being close to the birds.
Be Quiet!
Be Quiet! by Ryan T Higgins
Rupert the mouse wants to star in an artistic, wordless picturebook, but his animal friends cause problems by talking too much.
Bob, Not Bob!
Bob, Not Bob! by Elizabeth Garton Scanlon
When a young boy gets a cold, he just wants his mommy. But his stuffy nose makes it difficult for him to call out to his mom--not 'Bob, ' who happens to be the family dog.
Bruce's Big Move
Bruce's Big Move by Ryan T Higgins
With four geese, three mice, and a very grumpy bear all crowded into one den, Bruce is ready for a new home-- Provided by publisher.
Dogosaurus Rex
Dogosaurus Rex by Anna Staniszewski
Ben selects from the shelter a most unusual dog that wreaks havoc in town until she has a chance to prove her worth.
Philomena's New Glasses
Philomena's New Glasses by  Brenna Maloney
Philomena needs new glasses. Her sister Audrey wants some, too. Pretty soon, Nora Jane is feeling the pressure to get a pair of specs, as well. The one-upmanship escalates from there with the three sisters learning that not everyone needs the same things-- Provided by publisher.
Prudence the Part-Time Cow
Prudence the Part-Time Cow by  Jody Jensen Shaffer
At first Prudence tries to fit in with the other cows in the herd, suppressing all her scientific smarts and imaginative inventing, but in a moment of inspiration, she realizes how to show the others that she can be a part-time cow and a full-time member of the herd.
Shawn Loves Sharks
Shawn Loves Sharks by  Curtis Manley
Shawn loves sharks with all his heart, so when his nemesis, Stacy, is assigned sharks for the big class project, Shawn is not happy.
The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors
The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors by Drew Daywalt
You've played the game. Now read the legend of how it all began...rock, paper, and scissors.
Tyrannosaurus Rex vs. Edna, the Very First Chicken
Tyrannosaurus Rex vs. Edna, the Very First Chicken by  Douglas Rees
A humorous picture book in which Edna the very first chicken faces off against a hungry Tyrannosaurus Rex-- Provided by publisher.