2011-12 Show Me Award Nominees

Nubs: the True Story of a Mutt, a Marine, & a Miracle by Brian Dennis

The story of a wild dog who befriended Marine Major Brian Dennis in Iraq, and, when they were separated, trekked seventy miles through the desert winter to rejoin his friend.

Desert Rose and her Highfalutin Hog by Alison Jackson

Upon finding a large gold nugget on her pig farm, Desert Rose sets out to buy the biggest, fattest hog in Texas to enter in the state fair, but first she must get the hog to Laredo and every animal she asks for help is just as "ornery" as the hog.

Finding Lincoln by Ann Malaspina

In segregated 1950s Alabama, Louis cannot use the public library to research a class assignment, but one of the librarians lets him in after hours and helps him find the book that he needs. Includes an author's note with historical information about library segregation in the South.

 Dewey: There's a Cat in the Library! by Vicki Myron

Tells the story of Dewey Readmore Books, a kitten abandoned in the Spencer Library return box and nursed back to health by a librarian, who discovers that (like his librarian friends) helping people big and small is what he is meant to do.

Stars Above Us by Geoffrey Norman 

A little girl's father helps her get over her fear of the dark before he goes off to war, and she uses the stars they painted on her ceiling to remind her of him while he is away.

Testing the Ice: A True Story About Jackie Robinson by Sharon Robinson

As a testament to his courage, Jackie Robinson's daughter shares memories of him, from his baseball career to the day he tests the ice for her, her brothers, and their friends.

Peace Week in Miss Fox's Class by Eileen Spinelli

For "Peace Week," the animals in Miss Fox's class find ways to be peaceful instead of squabbling with each other.

Twist of Fate: The Miracle Colt and His Friends by Chris Stuckenschneider

A horse tale from the heartland of Missouri that will touch hearts everywhere.

Itsy Bitsy & Teeny Weeny by Robbyn Smith van Frankenhuyzen

"A nature and animal rescue story that finds a lamb, rejected by its mother, and an orphaned fawn being cared for by a farm family as siblings on Hazel Ridge Farm. The next spring, the animals separate, one back into the wild and other a domestic animal"--Provided by publisher.

Minnow and Rose: an Oregon Trail Story by Judy Young

Traveling west with her pioneer family in a wagon train, Rose meets Minnow, who lives in a native American village along the banks of a river.