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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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2022 Winner

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.

Show Me Readers Nominees 2022-2023

A Family for Louie
A Family for Louie by  Alexandra Thompson
A French bulldog who loves gourmet food has trouble finding a family that is just right for him.
Dozens of Doughnuts
Dozens of Doughnuts by  Carrie Finison
A generous but increasingly put-upon bear makes batch after batch of doughnuts for her woodland friends without saving any for herself.
Every Little Letter
Every Little Letter by Deborah Underwood
In a world where all the letters of the alphabet live in separate cities surrounded by walls, little h and small i's newfound friendship inspires all the divided communities to connect and form such words as courage, cooperate, and kindness.
First Day Critter Jitters
First Day Critter Jitters by Jory John
It's almost the first day of school, and the animals are nervous. Sloth worries about getting there on time, snake can't seem to get his backpack fastened onto his body, and bunny is afraid she'll want to hop around instead of sitting still. When they all arrive at their classroom, though, they're in for a surprise: Somebody else is nervous too. It's their teacher, the armadillo! He has rolled in as a ball, and it takes him a while to relax and unfurl. But by the next day, the animals have all figured out how to help one another through their jitters. School isn't so scary after all.
Madeline Finn and the Therapy Dog
Madeline Finn and the Therapy Dog by  Lisa Papp
Madeline Finn and Star are off to Walker Oaks, a retirement community where Star will take his tests to become a therapy dog. Accompanied by Mom, Mrs. Dimple, and Bonnie, she and Star make their way through a variety of challenges and meet several new friends. But Madeline Finn can't stop thinking about an elderly man in a wheelchair who never smiles. Is there something she and Star can do to help?--Provided by publisher.
Max Explains Everything : Puppy Expert
Max Explains Everything : Puppy Expert by Stacy McAnulty
Young Max shares his hard-earned expertise about obtaining and training a new puppy.
Memoirs of a Tortoise
Memoirs of a Tortoise by Devin Scillian
Oliver the Tortoise looks back on his happy life as he wonders why his pet human, Ike, who he has had for eighty years, has stopped visiting the garden.
Scaredy Snacks!
Scaredy Snacks! by Terry Border
It's cleaning day in the snack cabinet and Cheese Doodle, Pretzel, and Sprinkles are hard at work. When the food friends learn that someone has moved in next door, though, they make like bananas and split to go meet their new neighbor. But when their knock not only goes unanswered, but also opens the door to Dr. Nuttenstein's house with a creeeeak, what they find inside leaves them as shaken as if they'd been placed in a blender.
Share Some Kindness, Bring Some Light
Share Some Kindness, Bring Some Light by  Apryl Stott
Coco sets out to help her new friend, Bear, show other animals he is not mean just because he is big, and soon they all have learned something about kindness.
We Will Rock Our Classmates
We Will Rock Our Classmates by Ryan T. Higgins
As the only T-Rex in her school, Penelope is often overlooked but when she loses her confidence after signing up for the school talent show, her father and some friends help her find her courage.