Award Books

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