Award Books

2018-2019 MARK TWAIN NOMINEES

Each year the winner of the Mark Twain Award is chosen by students in the fourth through the sixth grade. Providing a list of recommended literature reading for children that will enrich their lives, is the purpose of the Mark Twain Award. The criteria for the Mark Twain Award is as follows: it has to appeal to children in the fourth through the sixth grades, the book has to be written by an author living in the United States, it has to enrich the lives of children with literary value and it should be published at least two years before nomination on the Master List of 12 Nominees.

Framed! A T.O.A.S.T. Mystery
Book Author: 
Ponti, James

You're halfway through your homework and the director of the FBI keeps texting you for help....What do you do, save your grade or save the country? If your're Florian Bates, you figure our a way to do both. Florian has just moved to Washington, DC. He's learning his way around using TOAST, which stands for the Theory of All Small Things. It's a technique he invented to solve life's little mysteries, such as where to sit on the first day of school, or which Chinese restaurant has the best egg rolls. But when he teaches it to his new friend Margaret, they uncover a mystery that isn't little. In fact, it's huge, and it involves the National Gallery, the FBI, and a notorious Mafia syndicate known as EEL. Can Florian decipher the clues and finish his homework in timne to help the FBI solve the case? And before the Mafia gets ahold of him?

(From the Framed! book jacket)

The Seventh Wish
Book Author: 
Messner, Kate

Be careful what you wish for... When Charlie Brennan goes ice fishing on her town's frozen lake, she's hoping the fish she reels in will help pay for her dream: a fancy Irish dancing dress for her upcoming competition. But when Charlie's first catch of the day happens to be a talking fish offering her a wish in exchange for its freedom, her world turns upside down, as her wishes go terribly - and hilariously - wrong. Just as Charlie is finally getting the hang of communicating with a magical wishing fish, a family crisis with her older sister brings reality into sharp focus. Charlie quickly learns that the real world doesn't always keep fairy-tale promises and life's toughest challenges can't be fixed by a simple wish.... Acclaimed author Kate Messner expertly weaves fantasy into the ordinary, in an important story of self-reliance and hope that will open readers' eyes to the wonders and challenges of their world.

(From the book jacket of 'The Seventh Wish')

Moo
Book Author: 
Creech, Sharon

Zora was chasing us. Mooooooooooo. Mooooooooo. When we reached the gate Luke scrambled up and over it instead of through it and I was trying to follow when Zora's ENORMOUS HEAD loomed up below me and bumped me into the air. 

Counting Thyme
Book Author: 
Conklin, Melanie

When eleven-year-old Thyme Owen's little brother, Val, is accepted into a new cancer trail, Thyme and her family are overjoyed. It's just the change they 've been hoping for, even though it means moving to New York, thousands of miles away from their home in San Diago. The change is tough on Thyme; she misses her family's house, her best friend, Shani, her grandmother, and their secret garden. To make matters worse, the bustling streets of New York aren't exactly welcoming, but Thyme trusts the move is only temporary.

When Val's treatment starts to show promise and her dad takes a full-time job in the city, Thyme is forced to accept that New York might be more permanent than she thought. Her feelings become even more mixed-up when her heart feels the tug of new friends, a first crush, and even a grumpy neighbor and his sweet whistling bird. All Thyme can do is count the minutes, hours, and days, and hope they can bring both a miracle for Val and a way back home.

Melanie Conkin's sparkling debut is equal parts heart and humor, a charming story of love and family-and what it means fo be counted.

(From the book jacket of 'Counting Thyme'.)

Maxi's Secrets
Book Author: 
Plourde, Lynn

Everything changes when a huge, does-it-her-way dog wiggles her way into the heart of a loudmouth pipsqueak of a boy....

Timminy know that starting middle school in a new town is less than ideal when his small size makes him perfect bully bait. But he gets a huge consolation prize in his big, bouncy new dog, Maxi. When Timminy discovers that Maxi is deaf, he is determined to help her-after all, his parents didn't return him because he was a runt. However, when the going gets rough, Maxi turns out to be the one to help Timminy. So does their neighbor, Abby, who doesn't let her blindness define her and who bristles at Timminy's "poor me" attitude.

The friendships that Maxi helps Timminy forge become all the more vital when Maxi gets sick-that, and all the other things Maxi has shown him about life, love and hanging on, even when the ride gets extremely bumpy.

(From the book jacket of 'Maxi's Secret'.)

When Friendship Followed Me Home
Book Author: 
Griffin, Paul
Scar
Book Author: 
Bauer, Joan
Ghosts
Book Author: 
Telgemeier, Raina
Save Me A Seat
Book Author: 
Weeks, Sarah & Varadarajan, Gita
Unbound
Book Author: 
Burg, Ann E.

THE DAY GRACE is called from the slave cabins to work in the Big House, Mama makes her promise to keep her eyes down. Uncle Jim cautions her to keep her thoughts tucked private in her mind or they could bring a whole lot of trouble and pain.

But the more Grace sees of the heartless Master and hateful Missus, the more a rightiness voice clamors in her head- asking how come white folks can own other peopel, sell them on the auction block, and sparate families forever. When that voice escapes without warning, it sets off a terrible chain of events that prove Uncle Jim's words true. Suddenly, Grace and her family must run. Deep in a forbidding wilderness, they face deadly animals, paddyrollers, and the uncertaninty of ever finding freedom.

With candor and compassion, Ann E. Burg illuminates a little-know chapter of American history-- about a hidden community in the Great Dismal Swamp, a real place that sheltered people fleeing bondage--and creates a powerful testament to the right of every human to be free.

(From the book jacket of 'Unbound'.)

Ghost
Book Author: 
Reynolds, Jason

RUNNING. That's all that Ghost (real name Castle Cranshaw) has ever known. But never for a track team. Nope, his game has always been ball. But when Ghost impulsively challenges an elite sprinter to a race--and wins--the Olympic medalist track coach sees he has something: crazy natural talent. Thing is, Ghost has something else: a lot of anger, and a past that he tries to outrun. Can Ghost harness his raw talent for speed and meld with the team, or will his past finally catch up to him?

GHOST is the first book in Jason Reynold's explosive Track series about a fast but fiery group of kids who have a shot at the junior Olympics, but have a lot to prove first--to each other, and to themselves.

(From the book jacket of 'Ghost'.)

Nine, Ten: A September 11th Story
Book Author: 
Baskin, Nora Raleigh

Ask anyone:

September 11, 2001, was a serene and lovely, a perfect day- until 8:46 a.m. when a plane struck the World Trade Center. But, that hasn't happened yet. Right now it is a few days earlier, and four kids in different parts of the country are going about their lives. Sergio, who lives in Brooklyn, is struggling to come to terms with the absentee father he hates and the grandmother he loves. Will's father is gone too, killed in a car accident that has left the family reeling. Naheed has never before felt uncomfortable about being Muslim, but at her new school, she's getting funny looks because of the head scarf she wears. Aimee is starting a new school in a new city and missing her mom, who has to fly to New York on business. There four dont know one another, but their lives are about to intersect in ways they never could have imagined. Award-winning author Nora Raleigh Baskin weaves together their stories into an unforgettable novel about that seemingly perfect September day-the day our world changed forever.

(From the book jacket of Nine, Tem: A September 11 Story)

2016 Caldecott Medal Winner and Honors

The Caldecott Medal is an award that is given by the Association for Library Service to Children, a part of the American Library Association. The medal is presented each year to an illustrator of children's picture books. The illustrator's art must appear in a book published in the United States.

2016 Winner - Finding Winnie: The True Story of The World's Most Famous Bear
Book Author: 
Lindsay Mattick
Book Illustrator: 
Sophie Blackall

 Children will love how this tiny bear makes the journey from the forest of Canada to the pages of Winnie the Pooh.

Honor Book -Trombone Shorty
Book Author: 
Bryan Collier Co-author Bill Taylor

Hailing from the Tremé neighborhood in New Orleans, Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews got his nickname by wielding a trombone twice as long as he was high.
 

Honor Book - Waiting
Book Author: 
Kevin Henkes

An owl, a puppy, a bear, a rabbit, and a pig, all toys arranged on a child's windowsill, wait for marvelous things to happen.
 

Last Stop on Market Street
Book Author: 
Matt de la Peña
Book Illustrator: 
Christian Robinson

A young boy rides the bus across town with his grandmother and learns to appreciate the beauty in everyday things.

Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamar, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement
Book Author: 
Carole Boston Weatherford
Book Illustrator: 
Ekua Holmes

This book takes a deep look into racial injustice and the extremes that people went to while trying to stop the civil rights movement. Be prepared as a parent to have a deep discussion with your child about these issues.

2017 - 2018 Truman Award Nominees

The Truman Readers Award encourages students in the early teen years to express their unique voice through exploring new literary genres, communicating with their peers about young adult literature, and honoring authors writing for young teens. Missouri school children in middle school/junior high vote for their favorite book from a list of nominated titles. The Truman Readers Award is awarded to the author of this book by the Missouri Association of School Librarians.

The Fixer
Book Author: 
Jennifer Barnes
Forget tomorrow
Book Author: 
Pintip Dunn
the Leveller
Book Author: 
Julia Durango
Red Queen
Book Author: 
Victoria Aveyard
Orbiting Jupiter
Book Author: 
Gary Schmidt
I am Princess X
Book Author: 
Cherie Priest and Kalie Ciesemier
A Night Divided
Book Author: 
Jennifer A. Nielsen
The Honest Truth
Book Author: 
Dan Gemeinhart
Code of Honor
Book Author: 
Alan Gratz

 

All Fall down
Book Author: 
Ally Carter
What Waits in the Woods
Book Author: 
Kieran Scott

 

Rebel Mechanics
Book Author: 
Shanna Swendson

 

2017 Missouri Building Block Picture Book Nominees

The Missouri Building Block Picture Book Award, sponsored and selected by the Youth Services Community of Interest (YSCI), is presented annually to the author and illustrator of the picture book voted most popular by children in Missouri's public libraries and is designed to encourage reading out loud to children from birth through kindergarten age. Voting for your favorite 2017 nominated book can be done in the children's area of the library, and begins Sept 1st and runs through January 15, 2018. 

Still a Gorilla
Book Author: 
Kim Norman
Book Illustrator: 
Chad Geran

Will Willy be another type of animal?
No!
Still a gorilla!

In this fun, zany picture book, Willy the Gorilla imitates other animals at the zoo, including a lion, a walrus, a billy goat, an alligator, and a kangaroo. But pretending to be something he is not never works out. What if he just tried to be himself?

In the end, Willy is still a gorilla -- and that's something everyone can appreciate! Still a Gorilla! is a funny, wacky, rhyming picture book that teaches the importance of being yourself. (amazon.com)

Lion Lessons
Book Author: 
John Agee

With the wit and read-aloud appeal of Peter Brown’s Children Make Terrible Pets and William Steig’s Pete’s a Pizza, this funny, fierce picture book teaches kids just what it takes to be a great lion
 
There are seven steps to becoming a proper lion, including Looking Fierce, Roaring, Prowling Around, and Pouncing. Our young hero, a rather meek and scrawny human boy, does his best to learn the necessary skills during his training with a master instructor (who just happens to be a real lion). After a grueling set of lessons, the boy discovers that that the final step—Looking Out for Your Friends—is the most important of all. That’s how any kid can earn his lion diploma (not to mention the affection of every cat in town). (amazon.com)

Marta! Big and Small
Book Author: 
Jen Arena
Book Illustrator: 
Angela Dominguez

Marta is una niña, an ordinary girl . . . with some extraordinary animal friends!

As Marta explores the jungle, she knows she's bigger than a bug, smaller than an elephant, and faster than a turtle. But then she meets the snake, who thinks Marta is sabrosa―tasty, very tasty! But Marta is ingeniosa, a very clever girl, and she outsmarts the snake with hilarious results.

With simple Spanish and a glossary at the end, this fun read-aloud picture book, Marta! Big and Small, teaches little ones to identify opposites and animals and learn new words.

A School Library Journal Top 10 Latinx Book 2016 (amazon.com)

There's a Giraffe in My Soup
Book Author: 
Ross Burach

Named one of the 10 Best Children’s Books of 2016 by Parents Magazine!

What if you found a giraffe in your soup, an alligator in your entreé, an elephant on the table, or even an ostrich in your dish?

In this debut picture book from author-illustrator Ross Burach, an assortment of hairy, scary animals pop out from under the lid at a restaurant!

Jam-packed with adorable illustrations and an assortment of animal puns, this kid-friendly story is sure to delight fans of books by Jon Klassen and Oliver Jeffers! (amazon.com)

There's a Bear on My Chair
Book Author: 
Ross Collins

Poor Mouse! A bear has settled in his favorite chair, and that chair just isn’t big enough for two. Mouse tries all kinds of tactics to move pesky Bear, but nothing works. Once Mouse has gone, Bear gets up and walks home. But what’s that? Is that a mouse in Bear’s house? (amazon.com)

Dragon Was Terrible
Book Author: 
Kelly DiPucchio
Book Illustrator: 
Greg Pizzoli

We all know dragons are terrible, but this one is especially terrible. He scribbles in books. He steals candy from baby unicorns. He even burps in church. Seriously, who does that? Dragon, that's who. The king, the knights, and the villagers are desperate to take down this beast once and for all. But sometimes it's up to the unlikeliest of heroes to tame a dragon this terrible. (amazon.com)

Wolfie the Bunny
Book Author: 
Ame Dyckman
Book Illustrator: 
Zachariah OHora

Families of all kinds will delight in this sweet tale of new babies, sibling rivalry, bravery, unconditional love...and veggies!

 

The Bunny family has adopted a wolf son, and daughter Dot is the only one who realizes Wolfie can--and might--eat them all up! Dot tries to get through to her parents, but they are too smitten to listen. A new brother takes getting used to, and when (in a twist of fate) it's Wolfie who's threatened, can Dot save the day? (amazon.com)

 

Old MacDonald had a Truck
Book Author: 
Steve Goetz
Book Illustrator: 
Eda Kanban

Old MacDonald had a farm E-I-E-I-O. And on that farm he had a...TRUCK?! With a DIG DIG here and a SCOOP SCOOP there, this classic folk song just got revved up! Beloved machines—the excavator, dump truck, bulldozer, and more—will have the vehicle-obsessed of all ages reading and singing along. (amazon.com)

Frog On a Log?
Book Author: 
Kes Gray
Book Illustrator: 
Jim Field

"It's very simple, really. Cats sit on mats, hares sit on chairs, mules sit on stools, gophers sit on sofas, and frogs sit on logs."

Each animal's designated seat rhymes with that animal's name. "It's not about being comfortable," explains the cat. "It's about doing the right thing."

The frog does not want to sit on a log. Doing his best to find an alternative place to sit, the frog asks the cat a litany of questions. For every answer the cat has, the frog has another question--until the frog finds out what dogs sit on! (amazon.com)

 

 
 

10 Little Ninjas
Book Author: 
Miranda Paul
Book Illustrator: 
Nate Wragg

A charming bedtime counting book about ten sneaky little characters who aren’t ready to go to sleep... until daddy calls the sensei to send them back to bed. (amazon.com)

2017 - 2018 Show-Me Award Nominees

The Winner of the annual Show Me Readers Award is selected by students in grades one through three.

Mother Bruce
Book Author: 
Ryan T Higgins
Book Illustrator: 
Ryan T Higgins
Winnie
Book Author: 
Sally Walker
Book Illustrator: 
Johnathan D Voss

 

The Day the Crayons Came Home
Book Author: 
Drew Daywalt
Book Illustrator: 
Oliver Jeffers
Fur, Fins, and Feathers: Abraham Dee Bartlett and the Invention of the Modern Zoo
Book Author: 
Cassandre Maxwell
Book Illustrator: 
Cassandre Maxwell
Ketzel, The Cat Who Composed
Book Author: 
Leslea Newman
Book Illustrator: 
Amy June Bates

 

Marilyn’s Monster
Book Author: 
Michelle Knudsen
Book Illustrator: 
Matt Phelan
I Am Trying To Love Spiders
Book Author: 
Bethany Barton
Book Illustrator: 
Bethany Barton

 

If You Ever Want To Bring an Alligator to School, Don't!
Book Author: 
Elise Parsley
Book Illustrator: 
Elise Parsley

 

Trombone Shorty
Book Author: 
Troy Andrews
Book Illustrator: 
Bryan Collier
Queen of the Diamond: The Lizzie Murphy Story
Book Author: 
Emily Arnold McCully
Book Illustrator: 
Emily Arnold McCully

 

2017 - 2018 Mark Twain Nominees

The winner of the Mark Twain Readers Award is selected annually by students in grades four through six.

Webster: Tale of an Outlaw
Book Author: 
White, Ellen Emerson
The Doublecross (And Other Skills I Learned as a Superspy)
Book Author: 
Pearce, Jackson
All the Answers
Book Author: 
Messner, Kate
House Arrest
Book Author: 
Holt, K. A.
Took
Book Author: 
Hahn, Mary Downing
The War That Saved My Life
Book Author: 
Bradley, Kimberly Brubaker
The Worst Class Trip Ever
Book Author: 
Barry, Dave
Book Scavenger
Book Author: 
Bertman, Jennifer Chambliss
Fish in a Tree
Book Author: 
Hunt, Lynda Mullaly
Beneath
Book Author: 
Smith, Roland
Echo
Book Author: 
Ryan, Pam Munoz
The Only Game
Book Author: 
Lupica, Mike