2012-2013 Missouri Show Me Award Nominees

Fly free! by Roseanne Thong ; illustrated by Eujin Kim Neilan

When Mai feeds the caged birds at a Buddhist temple in Vietnam, her simple act of kindness starts a chain of thoughtful acts that ultimately comes back to her. Includes author's note explaining the Buddhist concepts of karma and samsara, or the wheel of life.

How Rocket learned to read by Tad Hills

A little yellow bird teaches Rocket the dog how to read by first introducing him to the "wondrous, mighty, gorgeous alphabet."

Librarian on the roof! : a true story by M.G. King ; illustrated by Stephen Gilpin

The story of RoseAleta Laurell who arrived in Lockheart, Texas to be the head of the Dr. Eugene Clark Library. The library was outdated so she spent a week on the library roof to raise money and interest in the library.

Lucky beans by Becky Birtha ; illustrated by Nicole Tadgell

During the Great Depression, Marshall, an African American boy, uses lessons learned in arithmetic class and guidance from his mother to figure out how many beans are in a jar in order to win her a new sewing machine in a contest.

Memoirs of a goldfish by Devin Scillian and illustrated by Tim Bowers

A goldfish gives a personal account of his experiences while swimming around his bowl as it slowly fills with fish and other accessories, only to realize when he is relocated for a cleaning how much he misses them.

Pierre the penguin : a true story written by Jean Marzollo ; illustrated by Laura Regan

When Pierre, a penguin living at the California Academy of Sciences, loses his feathers, he gets some help from his human friends. A true story of veterniary ingenuity.

Stand straight, Ella Kate : the true story of a real giant by Kate Klise ; pictures by M. Sarah Klise

A fictionalized biography of Ella Kate Ewing, born in 1872, who was eight feet tall by the age of seventeen and who became financially independent by traveling the country for nearly twenty years appearing at museums, exhibitions, and in circus shows.

Sylvia Jean, scout supreme by Lisa Campbell Ernst

Sylvia Jean disguises herself in order to assist a neighbor who does not want her enthusiastic help, but she still might be the only one in her Pig Scout Troop who will not earn a Good Deed Badge.

The blue house dog by Deborah Blumenthal ; illustrated by Adam Gustavson

A boy whose beloved dog has died, and a dog whose owner also died, find each other and slowly begin to trust one another.

The can man by Laura E. Williams ; illustrated by Craig Orback

After watching a homeless man collect empty soft drink cans for the redemption money, a young boy decides to collect cans himself to earn money for a skateboard until he has a change of heart.