Show Me Award

Show Me Award

This annual award honors one book selected by Missouri students in grades one through three.

For more information on the Show Me Award, please see the MASL Show Me Award page.

Show Me Readers Award 2018-2019

2018-19 Show Me Award Nominees

  • Cover image for Tyrannosaurus Rex Vs. Edna the Very First Chicken

    Tyrannosaurus Rex Vs. Edna the Very First Chicken

    "A humorous picture book in which Edna the very first chicken faces off against a hungry Tyrannosaurus Rex"--

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  • Cover image for The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors

    The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors

    From New York Times bestselling creators Drew Daywalt, author of The Day the Crayons Quit and The Day the Crayons Came Home, and Adam Rex, author-illustrator of Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich, comes a laugh-out-loud hilarious picture book about the epic tale of the classic game Rock, Paper, Scissors. I hope you're wearing your battle pants! You've played the game. Now read the legend of the three great warriors who started it all . . . ROCK, PAPER, SCISSORS!

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  • Shawn loves sharks

    Shawn loves sharks

    Shawn loves sharks with all his heart, so when his nemesis, Stacy, is assigned "sharks" for the big class project, Shawn is not happy

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  • Cover image for Prudence the Part-Time Cow

    Prudence the Part-Time Cow

    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.

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  • Cover image for Dogosaurus Rex

    Dogosaurus Rex

    Ben can’t wait to adopt the best dog in the world. On a trip to the shelter, he sees dogs of all kinds, but none of them are quite right. Then he finds Sadie. Sadie is big—really big. She says “roar” instead of “woof” and she doesn’t fit inside the house, but Ben knows she’s the best dog in the world. Now if only she could stop causing so much trouble! This hilarious tale of a very special dog (with a prehistoric twist) will have you roaring—just like Sadie.

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    Dogosaurus Rex

    Ben can’t wait to adopt the best dog in the world. On a trip to the shelter, he sees dogs of all kinds, but none of them are quite right. Then he finds Sadie. Sadie is big—really big. She says “roar” instead of “woof” and she doesn’t fit inside the house, but Ben knows she’s the best dog in the world. Now if only she could stop causing so much trouble! This hilarious tale of a very special dog (with a prehistoric twist) will have you roaring—just like Sadie.

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  • Cover image for Bruce's Big Move

    Bruce's Big Move

    After the events of Hotel Bruce, our favorite curmudgeonly bear shares his home with not only his four geese, but three rowdy mice besides! Fed up with their shenanigans, Bruce sets off to find a rodent-free household. But as usual, nothing goes quite according to plan. . . A hilarious sequel for fans of the previous Bruce books, as well as a standalone discovery for new readers, Bruce's next reluctant adventure is sure to keep kids giggling.

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  • Cover image for Bob, Not Bob!

    Bob, Not Bob!

    Little Louie is stuck in bed with a bad cold. His nose is clogged, his ears are crackling, and his brain feels full. All he wants is his mom to take care of him, but whenever he calls out for her, his stuffed-up nose summons slobbery dog Bob instead! As Louie tries and tries to make himself understood in this funny picturebook, kids will love calling out with him, "Bob, not Bob!"

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  • Cover image for BE QUIET!

    BE QUIET!

    All Rupert the mouse wants is to star in a beautiful, wordless picturebook. One that's visually stimulating! With scenic pictures! And style! He has plenty of ideas about what makes a great book, but his friends just WON'T. STOP. TALKING. Children and adults alike will chuckle at this comedic take on bookmaking from acclaimed author-illustrator Ryan T. Higgins. Praise for Mother Bruce E. B. White Read-Aloud Award Ezra Jack Keats New Illustrator Honor * "[W]ry text and marvelously detailed pictures juxtapose uproariously. .

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  • Cover image for After the Fall (How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again)

    After the Fall (How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again)

    Caldecott Medalist Dan Santat's picture book about the aftermath of Humpty Dumpty's famous fall—and Humpty's determination to overcome his fear to reach great new heights.

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Show Me Award Winners

  • Cover image for The Magic Word

    The Magic Word

    A hilarious take on what a magic word really is from Mac Barnett, the award-winning, bestselling author of Sam and Dave Dig a Hole and Extra Yarn, and Elise Parsley, the bestselling author/illustrator of If You Ever Want to Bring an Alligator to School, Don't! and If You Ever Want to Bring a Piano to the Beach, Don't! When Paxton C. Heymeyer’s babysitter tells him to say the magic word, she could never have imagined that what would happen next would be a walrus chasing her, an elephant in the living room playing cards, and a full water park and moat in the front yard.

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  • Cover image for Magnus at the Fire

    Magnus at the Fire

    Magnus lives and works at the Broadway Firehouse. He knows that when the fire alarm clangs, he and his partners, Billy and Sparks, are supposed to spring into action. Without them the firemen would never be able to move the gigantic steam pumper. And without a pumper the crew wouldn't be able to put out fires. Then one day the captain drives into the firehouse on a loud, newfangled contraption called a motorized fire truck. It doesn't need horses to pull it to a fire. So just like that, Magnus, Sparks, and Billy are out of a job.

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  • Cover image for Hero Cat

    Hero Cat

     A cat gives birth to a litter of kittens in an abandoned building that catches fire while she is out searching for food. Based on a true story.

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  • Cover image for Nubs: The True Story of a Mutt, a Marine & a Miracle

    Nubs: The True Story of a Mutt, a Marine & a Miracle

    Nubs, an Iraqi dog of war, never had a home or a person of his own. He was the leader of a pack of wild dogs living off the land and barely surviving. But Nubs's life changed when he met Marine Major Brian Dennis. The two formed a fast friendship, made stronger by Dennis's willingness to share his meals, offer a warm place to sleep, and give Nubs the kind of care and attention he had never received before. Nubs became part of Dennis's human "pack" until duty required the Marines to relocate a full 70 miles away--without him.

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  • Cover image for Two Bobbies

    Two Bobbies

    Having been left behind by their owners and forced to ride out the deadly storm, Bobbi the dog breaks free from his chain and goes in search of food on his own, followed endlessly by a frightened, blind cat whose entire survival depends on his new best friend. 35,000 first printing.

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  • Cover image for The Blue House Dog

    The Blue House Dog

    A boy whose beloved dog has died, and a dog whose owner also died, find each other and slowly begin to trust one another.

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  • Cover image for Some Dog!

    Some Dog!

    George was once a bouncy pup; now his pace is steady and slow. Still, he feels special. Then - "Ya-yippity, yappity, yeep-yeep-yeep!" - a stray dog bristling with energy lands on George's doorstep and wiggles himself right into George's family. Full of tricks, this new dog, Zippity, is a wonder! But when Zippity disappears, it's George who proves that an old dog with a few tricks of his own can still be . . . SOME DOG!

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  • Cover image for Painter and Ugly

    Painter and Ugly

    Painter and Ugly, two sled dogs who are inseparable best friends, are put on different teams for the Junior Iditarod, but they manage to find their way back to one another for the big race.

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  • Cover image for Trouper

    Trouper

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

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  • Cover image for Jangles

    Jangles

    A father relates to his son the tale of his encounter--and friendship--with a gigantic trout whose enormous jaw is covered with so many lures and fish hooks that he jangles when he swims, but who has never been caught.

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  • Cover image for Strongheart

    Strongheart

    When silent movie director Larry Trimble decides to put Strongheart, a police dog, into his movies as the lead actor, he must first train him to play with toys and walk like a regular dog, but Strongheart becomes a sensation until his military training leads to trouble—and possibly the end of his career. Includes an author's note about the real Strongheart.

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  • Cover image for Ketzel, the Cat Who Composed

    Ketzel, the Cat Who Composed

    A kitten's stroll down a keyboard leads to a celebrated one-minute composition.

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