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Missouri Readers' Awards


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Students in grades 3-12 who read at least 4 titles from their respective list will be eligible to take part in the Missouri voting in March!  Those who read all of their list will be treated to pizza and dessert at the Readers' Award Celebration at the end of the year!

Show Me Award Books (Grades K-3)

2020-2021 Winners:

1st Place – The Epic Adventures of Huggie & Stick (14,047 votes)

2nd Place – We Don’t Eat Our Classmates (9,274 votes)

3rd Place – A Place for Pluto (8,824 votes)

Total Votes - 61,467

2021-2022 Nominees:



Ella McKeen Kickball Queen



Beth Mills




If I Built A School Chris Van Dusen  
Meet Miss Fancy Irene Latham John Holyfield/US
The Donkey Egg Janet Stevens, Susan Crummel  
When Pencil Met Eraser Karen Kilpatrick, Luis O. Ramos, Jr. German Blanco
Madeline Finn and the Shelter Dog Lisa Papp  
Sulwe Lupita Nyong'o Vashti Harrison/NY
Hair Love Matthew Cherry Vashti Harrison/NY
Snack Attack! Terry Border  
Hey, Dog Tony Johnston Jonathan Nelson/NM





Mark Twain Award Books (Grades 3-6)

2020-2021 Winners: 

1st Place – Blended (1,057 votes)

2nd Place – Front Desk (792 votes)

3rd Place – 24 Hours in Nowhere (715 votes)

Total Votes - 6,085


2021-2022 Nominees:



Unsung Hero of Birdsong, USA



Brenda Woods

Pay Attention, Carter Jones Gary Schmidt
The Memory Keeper Jennifer Camiccia
New Kid Jerry Craft
Shine! JJ and Chris Grabenstein
Shouting at the Rain Linda Mullaly Hunt
Song for a Whale Lynne Kelly
Bernice Buttman, Model Citizen Niki Lenz
The Bridge Home Pandma Ventkatraman
White Bird: A Wonder Story R.J. Palacio
Charlie Thorne & the Last Equation Stuart Gibbs
Me and Sam-Sam Handle the Apocalypse Susan Vaught


Truman Award Books (Grades 6-8)

2020-2021 Winners: 

1st Place – Not If I Save You First (320 votes)

2nd Place – Ghost Boys (249 votes)

3rd Place – City of Ghosts (220 votes)

Total Votes - 2,310


2021-2022 Nominees:



Genesis Begins Again



Alicia D. Williams

Tiger Queen Annie Sullivan
The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise Dan Gemeinhart
The Bone Houses Emily Jones-Lloyd
The Unteachables Gordon Kormon
Other Words For Home Jasmine Warga
Verify Joelle Charbonneau
The Line Tender Kate Allen
The Crossover (Graphic Novel) Kwame Alexander
Right As Rain Lindsey Stoddard
It's The End of the World As I Know It Matthew Landis
Free Lunch Rex Ogle





Gateway Award Books (Grades 9-12)

2020-2021 Winners:

1st Place – The Unfortunates (219 votes)

2nd Place – The Cruel Prince (184 votes)

3rd Place – Dry (158 votes)

Total Votes - 1,776


2021-2022 Nominees: 



The Field Guide To The North American Teenager



Ben Philippe

SLAY Brittney Morris
With The Fire On High Elizabeth Acevedo
The Escape Of Light Fred Venturini
I Know You Remember Jennifer Donaldson
Field Notes On Love Jennifer E. Smith
The Lovely And The Lost Jennifer Lynn Barnes
The Grace Year Kim Liggett
Heroine Mindy McGinnis
The Speed Of Falling Objects Nancy Richardson
Ordinary Hazards Nikki Grimes
Where I End And You Begin Preston Norton
Patron Saints Of Nothing Randy Ribay
Fireborne Rosaria Munda
Internment Samira Ahmed