Children Booklists

Show Me Readers Award

(Grades 1-3) Final Nominees 2023

  • Scaredy Snacks

    Terry Border

  • A Walk in the Words

    Hudson Talbott

  • Be Strong

    Pat Zietlow Miller

  • Hugo and the Impossible Thing

    Renée Felice Smith

  • I Eat Poop.: A Dung Beetle Story

    Mark Pett

  • Invasion of the Unicorns

    David Biedrzycki

  • Negative Cat

    Sophie Blackall

  • Norman Didn’t Do It!: (Yes, He Did.)

    Ryan T. Higgins

  • Thankful

    Elaine Vickers

  • The Bruce Swap

    Ryan T. Higgins

  • What Can You Do With a Rock

    Pati Zietlow Miller

Building Block Awards

Current Nominees 2023

  • The Book of Rules

    Brian Gehrlein

  • Cows Go Boo!

    Steve Webb

  • Don’t Eat Bees: Life Lessons from Chip the Dog

    Dev Petty

  • I’m a Unicorn

    Helen Yoon

  • I’m Terrified of Bath Time

    Simon Rich

  • Lou

    Breanna Carzoo

  • Mel Fell

    Corey R. Tabor

  • One Sheep, Two Sheep

    Tammi Sauer

  • People Are Wild

    Margaux Meganck

  • Shhh! The Baby’s Asleep

    JaNay Brown-Wood

Mark Twain Readers Award

(Grades 4-6) Final Nominees 2023-2024

  • A Place to Hang the Moon

    Kate Albus

  • Linked

    Gordon Korman

  • Nightingale

    Deva Fagan

  • Once Upon a Camel

    Kathi Appelt

  • One Kid’s Trash

    Jamie Sumner

  • Pony

    R.J. Palacio

  • Six Feet Below Zero

    Ena Jones

  • Tangled Up in Luck

    Merrill Wyatt

  • The Hidden Knife

    Melissa Marr

  • The Lion of Mars

    Jennifer L. Holm

  • The Night Ride

    J Anderson Coats

  • Worst-Case Collin

    Rebecca Caprara

Reading for Change

Picture books by Black authors

  • M is for Melanin

    Tiffany Rose

  • That is my Dream!: A Picture Book of Langston Hughes‘ ’Dream Variation"

    Langston Hughes

  • What’s the Difference? Being Different is Amazing

    Doyin Richards

  • Saturday

    Oge Mora

  • Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut

    Derrick Barnes

  • Just Like Me

    Vanessa Brantley Newton

  • Magnificent Homespun Brown: A Celebration

    Samara Cole Doyon

  • I Am Enough

    Grace Byers

  • Sulwe

    Lupita Nyong’o

  • Hey Black Child

    Useni Eugene Perkins

  • You Matter

    Christian Robinson

  • The Undefeated

    Kwame Alexander