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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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2021 Winner

The Epic Adventures of Huggie & Stick
The Epic Adventures of Huggie & Stick by Drew Daywalt
When a grumpy stuffed bunny and a happy-go-lucky stick fall out of their boy's backpack, they embark on an odyssey that takes them all around the world, experiencing one crazy adventure after another.

Show Me Readers Nominees 2021-2022

Ella McKeen, Kickball Queen
Ella McKeen, Kickball Queen by  Beth Mills Illustrated by  Beth Mills
When first-grader Ella, the undisputed kickball queen at school, is bested by new student Riya Patel, she throws a tantrum with her entire class watching.
Hair Love
Hair Love by  Matthew A Cherry Illustrated by  Vashti Harrison
A little girl's daddy steps in to help her arrange her curly, coiling, wild hair into styles that allow her to be her natural, beautiful self.
Hey, Dog
Hey, Dog by Tony Johnston Illustrated by  Jonathan Nelson
A boy cares for, feeds, and helps an abused stray dog to learn to trust humans again.
If I Built a School
If I Built a School by  Chris Van Dusen Illustrated by Chris Van Dusen
Imaginative Jack describes the kind of school he would build--one full of animals, with tubes to transport students directly to their classrooms, and library books that come alive.
Madeline Finn and the Shelter Dog
Madeline Finn and the Shelter Dog by  Lisa Papp Illustrated by  Lisa Papp
After Madeline Finn adopts a puppy, she learns about her local animal shelter and organizes donations and volunteers to improve the lives of the animals there.
Meet Miss Fancy
Meet Miss Fancy by Irene Latham Illustrated by  John Holyfield
Ten-year-old African American boy wants to welcome the circus elephant named Miss Fancy to her new home in a nearby park, but he is disappointed to see a sign No Colored Allowed.
Snack Attack!
Snack Attack! by Terry Border Illustrated by  Terry Border
Although warned of the dangers lurking outside their packages, Cookie, Pretzel, and Cheese Doodle venture into the kitchen for fun but soon discover that Monster Kids are real.
Sulwe by  Lupita Nyong'o Illustrated by  Vashti Harrison
When five-year-old Sulwe's classmates make fun of her dark skin, she tries lightening herself to no avail, but her encounter with a shooting star helps her understand there is beauty in every shade.
The Donkey Egg
The Donkey Egg by Janet Stevens Illustrated by Janet Stevens
After fast-talking Fox leaves him with a large, green egg, Bear spends minutes, hours, days, and weeks lovingly caring for it with the help of his neighbor Hare.
When Pencil Met Eraser
When Pencil Met Eraser by  Karen Kilpatrick Illustrated by  Germ├ín Blanco
The true story of how Pencil and Eraser became the best of friends.