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Youth Missouri Books
(Updated August 2, 2018)
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For Kindergarten – grade 3
Kindergarten – Grade 3
Anna & Natalie by Barbara Hancock Cole
Anna and her seeing-eye dog Natalie are chosen by Anna's teacher to participate in the wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery. For kindergarten - grade 3. 2007.
Bad Boys by Margie Palatini
Two hungry wolves in disguise attempt to raid a sheep farm. For kindergarten - grade 3. 2003.
A Bike like Sergio's by Maribeth Boelts
When Ruben, who longs to have a bike like his friend Sergio's but his family cannot afford, finds money in a grocery store, he has to make a tough decision about what to do with it. Show Me Award Nominee, 2018-2019. For kindergarten - grade 3. 2016.
Boundless Grace by Mary Hoffman
Grace is invited for a visit with her father and his new family in Africa. For kindergarten - grade 3. 1995.
The Boy Who Was Raised By Librarians by Carla D. Morris
Melvin discovers that the public library is the place where he can find just about anything--including three librarians who help in his quest for knowledge. For kindergarten - grade 3. 2007.
The Bug in Teacher's Coffee and Other School Poems by Kalli Dakos
A collection of simple poems depict the activities at school from the morning welcome until the closing bell. For kindergarten - grade 3. 1999.
Can I Bring My Pterodactyl to School, Miss Johnson by Lois G. Grambling
A child offers many creative reasons for why it would be a good idea to bring a pterodactyl to school. For kindergarten - grade 3. 2006.
The Case of the Scaredy Cats by Crosby Bonsall
Wizard, Tubby, Skinny, and Snitch are private eyes. They have their own clubhouse, but the girls have taken it over. And the boys' plan to scare the girls away doesn't seem to work. Then one of the girls becomes missing and the private eyes have a job to do. For kindergarten - grade 3. 1971.
Cat and Dog by Else Holmelund Minarik
Portrays the antics of a cat and a dog, culminating with a raid on the garbage can, which brings their little mistress to feed them. For kindergarten - grade 3. 1960.
Cat Secrets by Jef Czekaj
Important secrets about how best to live a cat's life will be revealed only to those who can prove that they are genuine cats. For kindergarten - grade 3. 2011.
The Colt and The King by Marni McGee
A donkey tells how he reluctantly played a part in Jesus' entry into Jerusalem on the first Palm Sunday. For kindergarten - grade 3. 2002.
Crowning Glory by Joyce Carol Thomas
A collection of poems, including "First Braids," "Grandma's Way," and "Mama's Glory," in which an African American girl celebrates herself, her family, and her heritage. For kindergarten - grade 3. 2002.
Daniel’s Mystery Egg by Alma Flor Ada
When he finds an egg, Daniel and his friends try to guess what is inside. For kindergarten - grade 3. 2001.
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. Show Me Award Nominee, 2011-2012. For kindergarten - grade 3. 2009.
Dewey: There's a Cat in the Library! by Vicki Myron
Dewey the cat, who finds a new home at the Spencer Library when librarian Vicky Myron finds him in the return box, learns that young visitors like to chase him, pull his tail, and give him tight hugs, but he soon realizes that, despite the demands, helping people is what he does best. Missouri: Show Me Award Nominees, 2011-2012. For kindergarten - grade 3. 2009.
Diana's White House Garden by Elisa Lynn Carbone
It's 1943, and the White House is busy with the war effort. Diana Hopkins only wants to help, but doesn't know what a ten-year-old can do - until the Roosevelts come up with the idea of Victory Gardens, and Diana suddenly has the important job of Victory Gardener for the White House. Show Me Award Nominee, 2018-2019. For kindergarten - grade 3. 2016.
The Dinosaurs Meet Dr. Clock by Martha Weston
Dr. Clock invents a time machine, but his trip back to the era of the dinosaurs does not turn out as he had expected. For kindergarten - grade 3. 2002.
Dog in Boots by Greg Gormley
After reading "Puss in Boots," an adventurous dog sets out to find the perfect pair of shoes to suit his every need. Building Block Picture Book Award Nominee, 2012. For kindergarten - grade 3. 2011.
Duncan the Story Dragon by Amanda Driscoll
Duncan the Dragon loves to read--but he keeps accidentally lighting his book on fire. He wants to get to the end of his story, so he tries to find a friend to read to him. For kindergarten - grade 3. 2015.
The Elves and the Shoemaker by Jim LaMarche
A poor shoemaker becomes successful with the help of two elves who finish his shoes during the night. For kindergarten - grade 3. 2003.
Enemy Pie by Derek Munson
Hoping that the enemy pie which his father makes will help him get rid of his enemy, a little boy finds that instead it helps make a new friend. For kindergarten - grade 3. 2000.
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. Show Me Award Nominees, 2011-2012. For kindergarten - grade 3. 2009.
Fur, Fins, and Feathers: Abraham Dee Bartlett and the Invention of the Modern Zoo by Cassandre Maxwell
With engaging back matter and charming illustrations, Cassandre Maxwell's book brings to life the little-known story of the man who helped to create the modern zoo. For kindergarten - grade 3. 2015.
Gaston by Kelly DiPucchio
A proper bulldog raised in a poodle family and a tough poodle raised in a bulldog family meet one day in the park Show Me Award nominee, 2016-2017. For kindergarten - grade 3. 2014.
The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
A young boy grows to manhood and then old age while experiencing the love and generosity of a tree that gives to him without thought of return. For kindergarten - grade 3. 1964.
The Gold Miner's Daughter: A Melodramatic Fairytale by Jackie Hopkins
Gracie Pearl has until sundown to find some gold to pay the rent to Mr. Bigglebottom, or he will take back the family gold mine and force her to marry him. For kindergarten - grade 3. 2006.
Good Driving, Amelia Bedelia by Herman Parish
Amelia Bedelia's literalness causes some problems when Mr. Rogers takes her out to practice her driving. For kindergarten - grade 3. 1995.
Good Hunting, Blue Sky by Peggy Parish
Blue Sky, a young Indian boy, goes hunting to bring food home only to have the food bring him home instead. For kindergarten - grade 3. 1989.
Gorilla by Anthony Browne
Neglected by her busy father, a lonely young girl receives a toy gorilla for her birthday and together they take a miraculous trip to the moon. For kindergarten - grade 3. 2002.
The Great Dog Wash by Shellie Braeuner
Rhyming text welcomes the reader to a dog wash that goes awry when someone brings their cat. For kindergarten - grade 3. 2009.
Hair for Mama by Kelly Tinkham
When Marcus's mother has chemotherapy for her cancer and loses her hair, he tries to find new hair for her to make her well again. For kindergarten - grade 3. 2007.
Helen’s Big World by Doreen Rappaport
This biography of Helen Keller introduces young readers to one of the world's most influential women. Using quotes from Keller herself, the author brings to life her story of courage and achievement. For kindergarten - grade 3. 2012.
The High-Rise Private Eyes: The Case of the Troublesome Turtle by Cynthia Rylant
Animal detectives Bunny and Jack investigate the disappearance of the balloons from the neighborhood toy store. High-Rise Private Eyes series, book 4. For kindergarten - grade 3. 2001.
The House on Dirty Third Street by Jo S. Kittinger
A mother and daughter work to turn a hopeless, rundown, and dirty old house into a loving family home with hard work, faith, and the support of their new friends and neighbors. For kindergarten - grade 3. 2012.
I Love You Just Enough by Robbyn Smith van Frankenhuyzen
A young girl finds a wood duckling separated from his family and teaches him to swim, hunt for bugs, and how to fly. She loved him just enough so that he could find his place in nature and return to his family. For kindergarten - grade 3. 2014.
I'm Trying to Love Spiders by Bethany Barton
This fresh and very funny non-fiction picture book shares lots of fascinating facts about spiders in an entirely captivating way. If I'm Trying to Love Spiders doesn't cure your spider phobia, it'll at least make you appreciate how amazing they are...and laugh a lot as you learn about them. For kindergarten - grade 3. 2015.
The Invisible Boy by Trudy Ludwig
Brian has always felt invisible at school, but when a new student, Justin, arrives, everything changes. Show Me Award Nominee, 2015-2016. For kindergarten - grade 3. 2013.
Ivan: The Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla by Katherine Applegate
The true story of Ivan, known as the Shopping Mall Gorilla, who lived alone in a small cage for almost 30 years before being relocated to the gorilla habitat at ZooAtlanta. For kindergarten - grade 3. 2014.
Jake's 100th Day of School by Lester L. Laminack
Jake is so excited about his 100th Day of School, he runs to catch the school bus without his project, but fortunately, with the help of his principal, Jake is able to find a perfect substitute for his project. For kindergarten - grade 3. 2006.
Librarian on the Roof!: A True Story by M. G. King
RoseAleta Laurell, the new librarian at the Dr. Eugene Clark Library in Lockhart, Texas, the oldest library in the state, decides to raise money to make a special place for children by spending a week on the roof of the building. Illustrated by Stephen Gilpin. Show-Me Award Nominee, 2012-2013. For kindergarten - grade 3. 2010.
Lilly's Big Day by Kevin Henkes
When her teacher announces that he is getting married, Lilly the mouse sets her heart on being the flower girl at his wedding. For kindergarten - grade 3. 2006.
Lost and Found by Bill Harley
Justin has lost the hat his grandmother made for him, and if he is to find it in time for her visit he will have to go talk to Mr. Rumkowsky, the gruff old school custodian in charge of the Lost and Found. For kindergarten - grade 3. 2012.
Marilyn's Monster by Michelle Knudsen
A lot of Marilyn's friends have monsters. It's the latest thing. Each one is just right for its boy or girl. Marilyn really wants a monster, too, but despite her efforts to be the kind of girl no monster could resist, hers just doesn't come. What could be taking it so long? Everyone knows you just have to wait for your monster--but the spunky and determined Marilyn thinks there may be other ways that things can work. For kindergarten - grade 3. 2015.
The Matchbox Diary by Paul Fleischman
Follows a girl's perusal of her great-grandfather's collection of matchboxes and small curios that document his poignant immigration journey from Italy to a new country. Show Me Award Nominee, 2015-2016. For kindergarten - grade 3. 2013.
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. Missouri: Show Me Award Nominees, 2011- 2012. For kindergarten - grade 3. 2009.
Mogie: The Heart of the House by Kathi Appelt
A rambunctious puppy finds a home at the Ronald McDonald House, a place that houses sick children and their families while they undergo treatment. For kindergarten - grade 3. 2014.
A Mom for Umande by Maria Fasal Faulconer
Because his own mother is too young to take care of him, Umande, a newborn gorilla, is fed and cuddled by human zookeepers until a surrogate mother is found. Show Me Award Nominee, 2017-2018. For kindergarten - grade 3. 2014.
Morris Goes to School by Bernard Wiseman
Morris the moose has an exciting day in school learning the alphabet, counting, singing, spelling, and doing other things that make him a unique moose. For kindergarten - grade 3. 1970.
Mother Bruce by Ryan T. Higgins
Bruce is a grumpy bear who likes no one and nothing but cooked eggs, but when some eggs he was planning to boil hatch and the goslings believe he is their mother, he must try to make the best of the situation. Show Me Award Nominee, 2017-2018. For kindergarten - grade 3. 2014.
Mustache Baby by Bridget Heos
A picture book about baby Billy, who is born with a mustache, and his parents, who must figure out if it's a Good-Guy mustache, or a Bad-Guy mustache. For kindergarten - grade 3. 2013.
Mustache Baby Meets His Match by Bridget Heos
A play date goes awry when Baby Billy and his mustache meet Beard Baby until they realize that they can be partners rather than rivals. For kindergarten - grade 3. 2015.
My Chincoteague Pony by Susan Jeffers
Julie, having worked year-round to save money to buy her first Chincoteague pony, realizes she doesn't have enough, but when Pony Penning Day arrives strangers help her make her purchase. Show Me Award Nominee, 2010-2011. For kindergarten - grade 3. 2008.
Nubs: The True Story of a Mutt, a Marine & a Miracle by Brian Dennis
Chronicles the friendship between Marine Major Brian Dennis and Nubs, a pack leader of wild dogs in Iraq who bonded with Dennis, but when Dennis was relocated seventy miles away and could not bring the dog with him, Nubs traveled across the freezing desert to find his human friend. Show Me Award Nominees, 2011- 2012. For kindergarten - grade 3. 2009.
Of Thee I Sing: A Letter To My Daughters by Barack Obama
In a letter to his daughters, Barack Obama reflects on the traits of thirteen groundbreaking Americans, such as Georgia O'Keeffe, Jackie Robinson, and George Washington, and shares how children embody them. For kindergarten - grade 3. 2010.
One Potato, Two Potato by Cynthia C. DeFelice
A very poor, humble couple live so simple a life they share everything, until the husband discovers a pot with magical powers buried under the very last potato in the garden. For kindergarten - grade 3. 2006.
The Orange Shoes by Trinka Hakes Noble
Delly Porter enjoys the feel of soft dirt beneath her feet as she walks to and from school, but after a classmate makes her feel ashamed of having no shoes she learns that her parents and others, too, see value in things that do not cost money. For kindergarten - grade 3. 2007.
Oscar Otter by Nathaniel Benchley
When a beaver chews a tree down right on top of Oscar Otter's slide, Oscar decides to build a new one-far, far from the safe pond below. He does not know that a fox is watching him. And the fox does not know that someone is watching him... For kindergarten - grade 3. 1966.
Owney, the Mail-Pouch Pooch by Mona Kerby
In 1888, Owney, a stray terrier puppy, finds a home in the Albany, New York, post office and becomes its official mascot as he rides the mail train through the Adirondacks and beyond, crisscrossing the United States, into Canada and Mexico, and eventually traveling around the world by mail boat in 132 days. For kindergarten - grade 3. 2008.
Painter and Ugly by Robert Blake
Painter and Ugly, two sled dogs who are inseparable best friends, are put on different teams for the Junior Iditarod, but they manage to find their way back to one another for the big race. Show Me Award Nominee, 2013-2014. For kindergarten - grade 3. 2011.
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. Illustrated by Anne Kennedy. Show Me Award Nominee, 2011-2012. For kindergarten - grade 3. 2009.
A Pet for Miss Wright by Judy Young
A lonely writer searches for the perfect pet to keep her company in her solitary work. Show Me Award Nominee, 2013-2014. For kindergarten - grade 3. 2011.
Pet Show! by Ezra Jack Keats
When he can't find his cat to enter in the neighborhood pet show, Archie must do some fast thinking to win a prize. For kindergarten - grade 3. 1972.
Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons by Eric Litwin
Pete the cat loves the buttons on his shirt so much that he makes up a song about them, and even as the buttons pop off, one by one, he still finds a reason to sing. For kindergarten - grade 3. 2012.
Pete the Cat’s Groovy Guide to Life by James Dean
A collection of feel-good quotes by famous notables, including Albert Einstein, William Shakespeare, and Abraham Lincoln, echoes Pete the Cat's glass-half-full outlook on life. For kindergarten – grade 3. 2015.
Pierre the Penguin: A True Story by Jean Marzollo
Pierre the penguin lost his feathers and was too cold to swim in the water until aquatic biologist Pam came up with an idea to get Pierre to swim again. For kindergarten - grade 3. 2010.
Mr. Putter and Tabby Feed the Fish by Cynthia Rylant
After Mr. Putter buys three goldfish and takes them home, he discovers that his cat Tabby has a serious problem with them. For kindergarten - grade 3. 2001.
Queen of the Diamond: The Lizzie Murphy Story by Emily Arnold McCully
A picture book biography about Lizzie Murphy, the first woman to play in a major league exhibition game and the first person to play on both the New England and American leagues' all-star teams. For kindergarten - grade 3. 2015.
The Quiet Place by Sarah Stewart
As she travels with her family to their new home in the United States, a young girl named Isabel writes letters to her Auntie Lupita back in Mexico. Isabel experiences lots of new sights and sounds, some of them overwhelming, and--after collecting boxes from the birthday parties that her mother caters--she builds a quiet sanctuary where she can read and think. For kindergarten - grade 3. 2012.
Rip’s Secret Spot by Kristi T. Butler
When Pat, Mom, and Dad mysteriously lose some of their things, the family dog helps find them. For kindergarten - grade 3. 2003.
Root Beer and Banana by Sarah Sullivan
Molly can't decide between two Popsicle flavors one hot summer day, but the arrival of a new friend and some help from Grandaddy lead to the perfect solution. For kindergarten - grade 3. 2005.
S is for Show Me: A Missouri Alphabet by Judy Young
A rhyming alphabet that names people, places, and things from Missouri's history, culture, and natural world and provides background information on each one. For kindergarten - grade 3. 2005.
Sam Johnson and the Blue Ribbon Quilt by Lisa Campbell Ernst
While mending the awning over the pig pen, Sam discovers that he enjoys sewing the various patches together but meets with scorn and ridicule when he asks his wife if he could join her quilting club. For kindergarten - grade 3. 1983.
Sammy the Seal by Syd Hoff
Anxious to see what life is like outside the zoo, Sammy the seal explores the city, goes to school, and plays with the children but decides that there really is no place like home. For kindergarten - grade 3. 1959.
Serious Farm by Tim Egan
Farmer Fred takes his work very seriously and so do his animals, until they decide they need to make the farm more fun and set out to find a way to make Farmer Fred Laugh. For kindergarten - grade 3. 2003.
Seven Spunky Monkeys by Jackie French Koller
One by one, seven monkeys who go out to have a good time wind up falling in love over the course of a week. For kindergarten - grade 3. 2005.
Seymour Simon's Book of Trucks by Seymour Simon
Describes various kinds of trucks and their functions, including a log truck, cement mixer truck, and sanitation truck. For kindergarten - grade 3. 2000.
Splash by Ariane Dewey
Sam and Nelly, two clumsy bears, join in fishing fun at the river. For kindergarten - grade 3. 2000.
Stand Straight, Ella Kate: The True Story of a Real Giant by Kate 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. Illustrated by M. Sarah Klise. Show-Me Award book Nominee, 2012-2013. For kindergarten - grade 3. 2010.
Stars Above Us by Geoffrey Norman
Amanda's father is a soldier, but before he leaves for war, he teaches her not to be afraid of the things that live in the dark--which includes fireflies and crickets--and about the stars. Show Me Award Nominee, 2011-2012. For kindergarten - grade 3. 2009.
Strongheart: The World's First Movie Star Dog by Kalli Dakos
A collection of simple poems depict the activities at school from the morning welcome until the closing bell. For kindergarten - grade 3. 1999.
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. Show-Me Book Award nominee, 20012-2013. For kindergarten - grade 3. 2010.
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. For kindergarten - grade 3. 2009.
Thank You, Sarah: The Woman Who Saved Thanksgiving by Laurie Halse Anderson
Relates how Sarah Hale, a magazine editor and author, persuaded President Lincoln to transform Thanksgiving Day into a national holiday. Illustrated by Matt Faulkner. For kindergarten - grade 3. 2002.
Thanksgiving Day by Anne F. Rockwell
Mrs. Madoff's preschool class learns about Thanksgiving and puts on a play about the origins of the holiday. For kindergarten - grade 3. 1999.
This is a Moose by Richard T. Morris
Director Billy Waddler is trying to film a documentary about moose, but the moose in question has no intention of spending his life in the woods and his animal friends, who have dreams of their own, help him prove his point. For kindergarten - grade 3. 2014.
The Three Armadillies Tuff by Jackie Hopkins
In this humorous version of "Three Billy Goats Gruff," three armadillo sisters encounter a strange creature in a culvert when they try to go dancing. For kindergarten - grade 3. 2002.
Titanicat by Marty Crisp
A boy who has signed on as cabin boy aboard the Titanic helps ready the ship for its maiden voyage, but when it is time to set sail and he cannot find the ship's cat on board, he leaves the vessel to search for her. Show Me Award Nominee, 2010-2011. For kindergarten - grade 3. 2008.
Too Many Babas by Carolyn Croll
Four peasant ladies discover that too many cooks without a plan can spoil the broth. For kindergarten - grade 3. 1994.
Trouper by Meg Kearney
Trouper, a three-legged dog, remembers his life as a stray, before he was adopted. Show-Me Book Award Nominee, 2015-2016. For kindergarten - grade 3. 2013.
Tumbleweed Stew by Susan Stevens Crummel
Jack Rabbit tricks the other animals into helping him make a pot of tumbleweed stew. For kindergarten - grade 3. 2000.
Twist of Fate: The Miracle Colt and His Friends by Chris Stuckenschneider
Simple text and colorful illustrations tell the story of a colt named Twister, who was born on the Longmeadow Rescue Ranch to a mother who survived a truck accident seven months before. Show Me Award Nominee, 2011-2012. For kindergarten - grade 3. 2009.
The Very Boastful Kangaroo by Bernard Most
A very, very boastful kangaroo brags that it can jump higher than anyone, but a teeny, tiny kangaroo cleverly wins the jumping contest. 2000. For kindergarten - grade 3. 1999.
Violet the Pilot by Steve Breen
Young Violet's only friend is her dog, Orville, until one of her homemade flying machines takes her to the rescue of a Boy Scout troop in trouble. Show Me Award Nominee, 2010-2011. For kindergarten - grade 3. 2008.
Whole Green World by Tony Johnston
A rhyming story about planting some seeds. For kindergarten - grade 3. 2005.
Wilfred by Ryan T. Higgins
When Wilfred, a big, hairy, and lonesome giant, enters a town full of tiny bald people, he finds only one friend but that proves to be enough when the other townspeople trick him out of his warm hair. Show-Me Book Award Nominee, 2015-2016. For kindergarten - grade 3. 2013.
Willow by Denise Brennan-Nelson
In art class, neatness, conformity, and imitation are encouraged, but when Willow brings imagination and creativity to her projects, even straight-laced Miss Hawthorn is influenced. For kindergarten - grade 3. 2008.
Yes We Can! by Barack Obama
Presents full-color photographs along with excerpts from President Barack Obama's victory speech on November 5, 2008. For kindergarten - grade 3. 2009.