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2015-2016 Show Me Readers Award Nominees

The Matchbox Diary

"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.                                                                                

Picture Day Perfection

"Picture Day Perfect" by Deborah Diesen

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

The Spelling Bee Before Recess

"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.                                                                                   

The Invisible Boy

"The Invisible Boy" by Trudy Ludwig

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

 The Life and Art of Horace Pippin "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.                                                                     

As Fast As Words Could Fly

"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.                        

The Day the Crayons Quit

"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.                                     


"Trouper" by Meg Kearney

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

Memoirs of a Hamster

"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                                        

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