Show Me Award

2015-2016 Show Me Award Nominees

  A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin by Jen Bryant

Presents an illustrated introduction to the life and work of artist Horace Pippin, describing his childhood love for drawing and the World War I injury that challenged his career.

  The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt

When Duncan arrives at school one morning, he finds a stack of letters, one from each of his crayons, complaining about how he uses them.

  Picture Day Perfection by Deborah Diesen

After planning for months to have the perfect school picture taken, a boy's moment of weakness ruins everything.

  The Matchbox Diary by Paul Fleischman

Follow a girl's perusal of her great-grandfather's collection of matchboxes and small curios that document his poignant immigration journey from Italy to a new country.

  Wilfred by Ryan Higgins

When Wilfred, a big, hairy, and lonesome giant, enters a town full of tiny bald people, he finds only one friend but that proves to be enough when the other townspeople trick him out of his warm hair.

  Trouper by Meg Kearney

Trooper, a three-legged dog, remembers his life as a stray, before he was adopted.

  The Invisible Boy by Trudy Ludwig

Brian has always felt invisible at school, but when a new student, Justin, arrives, everything changes.

  The Spelling Bee Before Recess by Deborah Lee Rose

As the annual school spelling bee nears its finish, two students compete with equal success until the principal breaks the tie with an unusual word.

  Memoirs of a Hamster by Devin Scillian

A pet hamster is enticed by the family cat to venture outside his well-equipped cage to the sunroom only to very quickly discover life outside his cage is not the best for him.

  As Fast as Words Could Fly by Pamela M. Tuck

A thirteen-year-old African American boy in 1960s Greenville, North Carolina, uses his typing skills to make a statement as part of the Civil Rights movement. Based on true events.

Missouri Show Me Award Winners

2014 Missouri Show Me Award Winner:

Painter and Ugly by Robert Blake

2013 - The blue house dog by Deborah Blumenthal ; illustrated by Adam Gustavson

2012 - Nubs: the True Story of a Mutt, a Marine, & a Miracle by Brian Dennis

2011 - Two Bobbies, A True Story by Kirby Larson and Mary Nethery

2010 - Some dog! by Mary Casanova with pictures by Ard Hoyt

2009 - Hero cat by Eileen Spinelli; illustrated by Jo Ellen McAllister Stammen

2008 - Magnus at the fire by Jennifer Armstrong

2007 - Arrowhawk by Lola M. Schaefer; illustrated by Gabi Swiatkowska

2006 - Bad boys by Margie Palatini; illustrated by Henry Cole

2005 - Epossumondas by Coleen Salley; illustrated by Janet Stevens

2004 - The frog principal by Stephanie Calmenson; illustrated by Denise Brunkus

2003 - Go home! : the true story of James the cat by Libby Phillips Meggs

2002 - Hooway for Wodney Wat by Helen Lester; illustrated by Lynn Munsinger

2001 - Raising dragons by Jerdine Nolen; illustrated by Elise Primavera

2000 – Verdi by Janell Cannon

1999 - Duke, the Dairy Delight dog by Lisa Campbell Ernst

1998 - Heart of a tiger by Marsha Diane Arnold with pictures by Jamichael Henterly

1997 - My rotten redheaded older brother by Patricia Polacco

1996 - Soap! Soap! don't forget the soap! : an Appalachian folktale retold by Tom Birdseye; illustrated by Andrew Glass

1995 - Sukey and the mermaid by Robert D. San Souci; illustrated by Brian Pinkney

For more information about the Show Me Readers Award, including past winners and nominees, visit the Missouri Association of School Librarians site.

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