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2016-2017 Show Me Readers Award Nominees

"Yoda: The Story of a Cat and His Kittens" by Beth Stern


Sometimes...miracles have bright blue eyes, a long fluffy tail, soft white fur, and are named...Yoda. Yoda's remarkable story of love, purpose, and kittens will capture the hearts of the young, the old, and the furry.                                     

"Gaston" by Kelly DiPucchio

A proper bulldog raised in a poodle family and a tough poodle raised in a bulldog family meet one day in the park.                                                                               

"Mogie: The Heart of the House" by Kathi Appelt

A rambunctious puppy finds a home at the Ronald McDonald House, a place that houses sick children and their families while they undergo treatment.


"The Tooth Fairy Wars" by Kate Coombs

A determined young boy and a no-nonsense Tooth Fairy tussle over who gets to keep his baby teeth.                                                                                 

"Ivan: The Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla" by Katherine Applegate

The true story of Ivan, known as the Shopping Mall Gorilla, who lived alone in a small cage for almost 30 years before being relocated to the gorilla habitat at ZooAtlanta.                                                                            

"A Mom for Umande" by Maria Faulconer

Because his own mother is too young to take care of him, Umande, a newborn gorilla, is fed and cuddled by human zookeepers until a surrogate mother is found.


"Ninja Red Riding Hood" by Corey Rosen Schwartz

In this twist on "Little Red Riding Hood," a certain wolf trains to be a ninja in order to catch his prey, but he is not the only one mastering a martial art.                        

"Strongheart: The World's First Movie Star Dog" by Emily McCully

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 author's note on the real Strongheart.                                

"Elizabeth, Queen of the Seas" by Lynne Cox

Based upon the incredible story of Elizabeth, a real-life elephant seal who made her home in the Avon River in the city of Christchurch, New Zealand. Citizens worry she might get hurt or cause traffic accidents, so a group of volunteers catch her again and again--each time towing her farther, even hundreds of miles away--but, still, Elizabeth finds her way back home.                                                                           

"I Love You Just Enough" by Robbyn Smith van Frankenhuyzen

A young girl finds a baby wood duck separated from his family and teaches him to swim, hunt for bugs, and how to fly. She loved him just enough so that he could find his place in nature and return to his family.                                      

For more information about the Show Me Readers Award click here.


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