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Youth Missouri Books
(Updated July 2016)
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For Preschool – Grade 2
Always Copycub by Richard Edwards
Copycub loves to play games, especially hide-and-seek with his mother. One afternoon he runs very deep into the forest. When he calls for his mother to find him, there is no reply. Copycub is lost! Mother bear has always found her little bear in the past. Will she find him this time, too? For preschool - grade 2. 2001.
Badger’s Fancy Meal by Keiko Kasza
Badger is bored with the same old meals, but his search for more exciting food only leads to trouble. For preschool - grade 2. 2007.
Birds by Kevin Henkes
Fascinated by the colors, shapes, sounds, and movements of the many different birds she sees through her window, a little girl is happy to discover that she and they have something in common. Illustrated by Laura Dronzek. Building Block Award nominee, 2011. For preschool - grade 2. 2009.
Bud and the Bunnies in Don’t Play With Your Food by Bob Shea
A monster named Buddy is determined to eat some cute little bunnies, until they prove to be more enjoyable as playmates. Building Block Award nominee, 2015. For preschool -grade 2. 2014.
Calabash Cat and His Amazing Journey by James Rumford
Calabash Cat, a West African cat, sets out one day to find where the world ends. His adventures take him across a desert, grasslands, a jungle, and the ocean, until he finds what he is looking for. For preschool - grade 2. 2003.
Central Park Serenade by Laura Godwin
Lyrical verse and lush full-color illustrations take readers on a stroll through New York City's Central Park. The picturesque sights, the rhythmic sounds -- all of the park's eclectic culture is captured beautifully For preschool-grade 2. 2002.
Charlie and the New Baby by Ree Drummond
When his daily routine of eating and sleeping is interrupted by the arrival of a baby calf named Abigail, Charlie the hound feels jealous to see everyone paying attention to the newcomer and wonders if he will be able to adjust. For preschool - grade 2. 2014.
Charlie Plays Ball by Ree Drummond
Charlie the basset hound participates in a variety of sports on the ranch. For preschool - grade 2. 2015.
Charlie the Ranch Dog by Ree Drummond
While Charlie, a sleepy basset hound, tells about the busy life of a ranch dog, his best friend Suzie, a Jack Russell terrier, is getting the work done. Show Me Award nominee, 2013-2014. For preschool - grade 2. 2011.
The Cow Loves Cookies by Karma Wilson
While all the other animals on the farm enjoy eating their regular food, the cow chooses to eat the one thing that she loves best. Building Block Award Nominee, 2011. For preschool - grade 2. 2010.
Creepy Carrots! by Aaron Reynolds
The carrots that grow in Crackenhopper Field are the fattest and crispiest around and Jasper Rabbit cannot resist pulling some to eat each time he passes by, until he begins hearing and seeing creepy carrots wherever he goes. For preschool - grade 2. 2012.
The Day Dirk Yeller Came to Town by Mary Casanova
When outlaw Dirk Yeller arrives in Cowtown looking for something to take away his cat-scratch fever, young Sam, whose pa says he is "a world-a-trouble and curious as a tomcat," knows just what this dangerous and jittery criminal needs to calm him down. Show Me Award nominee, 2013-2014. For preschool - grade 2. 2011.
The Day Jimmy’s Boa Ate the Wash by Trinka Hakes Noble
Jimmy's boa constrictor wreaks havoc on the class trip to a farm. For preschool - grade 2. 1980.
Digger Dog by William Bee
Loving bones so much that he resolves to dig up the world's biggest bone, Digger Dog attempts to find the world's biggest diggers to complete the job and digs an incrementally larger hole before discovering a fantastic fold-out surprise. Building Block Award nominee, 2015. For preschool - grade 2. 2013.
Do You Know Which Ones Will Grow? by Susan Shea
Gatefold illustrations and question-and-answer text look at things that grow and things that do not. Building Block Picture Book Award nominee, 2012. For preschool - grade 2. 2011.
Down by the Barn by Will Hillenbrand
Adapts a familiar children's song with a barnyard theme and pairs verses with illustrations of a puppy tractor driver who picks up his farm animal friends early in the morning. Building Block Award nominee, 2015. For preschool - grade 2. 2014.
The Duckling Gets a Cookie!? by M Willems
Pigeon is very angry when the duckling gets a cookie just by asking politely. For preschool - grade 2. 2012.
The End by David LaRochelle
When a princess makes some lemonade, she starts a chain of events involving a fire-breathing dragon, one hundred rabbits, a hungry giant, and a handsome knight. For preschool-grade 2. 2007.
Felix Feels Better by Rosemary Wells
Felix eats too many chocolates and feels sick, so his mother takes him to Doctor Duck, who makes everything better. For preschool - grade 2. 2001.
Fly Free! by Roseanne Thong
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. Show-Me Award nominee, 2012-2013. For preschool - grade 2. 2010.
For Just One Day by Laura Lauck
After guessing the identity of each animal before turning the page, the reader pretends to be a porcupine, bear, crocodile, and bumblebee. Building Block Award nominee, 2011. For preschool - grade 2. 2009.
Get That Pest! by Erin Douglas
When a farmer and his wife discover that something is stealing the eggs laid by their ten red hens, they set up elaborate traps to catch the thief. For preschool - grade 2. 2000.
Good Night, Missouri by Adam Gamble
Introduces well-known features of Missouri, including The St. Louis Arch, The Kansas City Aquarium, the Mark Twain home in Hannibal, the Lake of the Ozarks, the Ozark Mountains, and Silver Dollar City. For preschool - grade 2. 2013.
Grandpa's Tractor by Michael Garland
Grandpa Joe brings his grandson, Timmy, back to the site of the family farm. The visit brings back many memories, which Grandpa Joe shares with Timmy. His fondest memory, however, is of his father's red tractor. Show Me Award nominee, 2013-2014. For preschool - grade 2. 2011.
The Great Monster Hunt by Norbert Landa
When Duck hears a noise under her bed and runs to fetch help, each animal that hears about it imagines a more dangerous beast in Duck's room. For preschool - grade 2. 2010.
Grizzwold by Syd Hoff
Grizzwold, a huge bear, searches for a home. For preschool - grade 2. 1963.
Halloween Sky Ride by Elizabeth Spurr
Mildred the witch picks up one too many guests on her broom on the way to a Halloween feast. For preschool - grade 2. 2005.
Happy Birthday, Danny and the Dinosaur by Sid Hoff
Danny is six years old today, and he is in a hurry to see his friend the dinosaur. He wants to invite him to his birthday party. When he finds his friend, Danny learns that the dinosaur just had a birthday himself the day before--he was one hundred million years old. Danny and the Dinosaur Series, book 3. For preschool - grade 2. 1995.
Hooray for Hat! by Brian Won
Elephant wakes up in a grumpy mood, but a present on his doorstep--a hat--cheers him and he sets out to greet his neighbors who all, it seems, need hats of their own. Building Block Award nominee, 2015. For preschool - grade 2. 2014.
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 alphabet. Show-Me Award nominee, 2012-2013. For preschool - grade 2. 2010.
Hugless Douglas by David Melling
Poor Douglas, a young bear, goes from place to place looking for someone to give him a hug. Building Block Picture Book Award nominee, 2012. For preschool - grade 2. 2010.
I Need My Own Country by Rick Walton
Instructs the reader in how to form one's own country when the time comes, from finding a location, a name, and a flag, to handling the inevitable civil unrest and invasions. For preschool - grade 2. 2012.
I Spy With My Little Eye by Edward Gibbs
Contains color clues readers must use to solve a series of animal puzzles. Building Block Picture Award nominee, 2012. For preschool - grade 2. 2011.
If I Were a Lion by Sarah Weeks
A young girl imagines how wild she could be if she were an animal. For preschool - grade 2. 2004.
If You’re a Monster and you Know It by Rebecca Emberly
Monsters sing their own version of this popular song that encourages everyone to express their happiness through voice and movement. Building Block Award nominee, 2011. For preschool - grade 2. 2010.
If You're Hoppy by April Sayre
In rhyming text reminiscent of the traditional song, "If you're happy and you know it," presents various animals that are hoppy, sloppy, growly, flappy, or slimy, scaly and mean. Building Block Picture Book Award nominee, 2012. For preschool - grade 2. 2011.
I’m Bored! by Michael Ian Black
When a bored girl meets a potato who finds children tedious, she tries to prove him wrong by demonstrating all of the things they can do, from turning cartwheels to using their imaginations. For preschool - grade 2. 2012.
I’m My Own Dog by David Ezra Stein
A dog without a human companion fetches his own slippers and curls up at his own feet but cannot reach a certain itchy spot in the middle of his back, compelling him to leash a poor lonely human who will loyally offer a helpful scratch. Building Block Award nominee, 2015. For preschool-grade 2. 2014.
In a Dark, Dark Room and Other Scary Stories by Alvin Schwartz
Seven scary stories to tell at night in front of a fire or in the dark, based on traditional stories and folktales from various countries. For preschool - grade 2. 1984.
Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein
Little Red Chicken wants Papa to read her a bedtime story, but interrupts him almost as soon as he begins each tale. Building Block Award nominee, 2011-2012. For preschool - grade 2. 2010.
Is Everyone Ready for Fun? by Jan Thomas
Chicken's cow visitors try to jump, dance, and wiggle on his couch, which is much too tiny for such exuberant activities. Building Block Picture Book Award nominee, 2012. Preschool - grade 2. 2011.
It is the Wind by Ferida Wolff
At night various sounds lull a child to sleep. For preschool - grade 2. 2005.
It’s a Tiger! by David LaRochelle
A child imagines that he is in a story where he encounters a tiger at every turn. For preschool - grade 2. 2012.
It's Snowing! by Olivier Dunrea
A mother shares the magic of a snowy night with her baby. For preschool - grade 2. 2005
Jangles: A Big Fish Story by David Shannon
A father relates to his son the tale of his encounter--and friendship--with a gigantic trout whose enormous jaw is covered with so many lures and fish hooks that he jangles when he swims, but who has never been caught. For preschool - grade 2. 2012.
Jennifer's Rabbit by Tom Paxton
Jennifer dreams that she, a rabbit, a turtle, a kangaroo and seventeen monkeys visit the ocean with the cookie-crumb sands. For preschool - grade 2. 2001.
Let’s Sing a Lullabye with the Brave Cowboy by Jan Thomas
Brave Cowboy tries to sing his young calf pals to sleep on a dark, dark night, with humorous results. For preschool - grade 2. 2012.
Little Missouri by Judy Young
Fun rhyming riddles about the state of Missouri. Has a riddle on one page, and the answer on the next. For preschool - grade 2. 2012.
Mabela the Clever by Margaret Read MacDonald
An African folktale about a mouse who pays close attention to her surroundings and avoids being tricked by the cat. For preschool - grade 2. 2001.
McDuff Saves the Day by Rosemary Wells
Fred, Lucy, the baby, and McDuff go to the lake for a Fourth of July picnic, but when ants consume all of their food it's up to McDuff to find something for them to eat. For preschool-grade 2. 2002.
Memoirs of a Goldfish by Devin Scillian
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. Show-Me Award nominee, 2012-2013. For preschool - grade 2. 2010.
Mitchell's License by Hallie Durand
Mitchell never wants to go to bed until, at the age of three years, nine months, and five days he gets his license so that he can drive there--at least until he and the car have a disagreement about what fuel goes in the tank. A Building Block Picture Book Award winner. For preschool - grade 2. 2011.
Mrs. Muddle's Holidays by Laura F. Nielsen
Although accustomed to celebrating nearly all the holidays on the calendar, the Maple Street neighbors are surprised by the newly-moved-in Mrs. Muddle's definition of a holiday. For preschool - grade 2. 2008.
My Dog Lyle by Jennifer P. Goldfinger
A child provides an ever-increasing list of characteristics that make Lyle a very special dog, despite appearances. For preschool - grade 2. 2007.
Naked! by Michael Ian Balck
A child discovers that the only thing more fun than being naked is wearing nothing but a cape. Building Block Award nominee, 2015. For preschool - grade 2. 2014.
Oh No, George! by Chris Haughton
George finds it hard to be a good dog when there are cats to chase, flowers to dig up, and a delicious cake sitting on the kitchen table. For preschool - grade 2. 2012.
Oh So Brave Dragon by David Kirk
Dragon knows he is supposed to be brave and is ready to try out his fearsome roar, but when he hears something that scares him, he turns to his forest friends for help in finding the noise and renewing his courage. Building Block Award nominee, 2015. For preschool - grade 2. 2014
One Cool Friend by Toni Buzzeo
Elliot, a very proper young man, feels a kinship with the penguins at the aquarium and wants to take one home with him. For preschool - grade 2. 2012.
One Special Day by Lola M. Schaefer
An energetic and imaginative boy becomes a big brother. For preschool - grade 2. 2012.
Peanut Butter and Homework Sandwiches by Lisa Broadie Cook
When his teacher is out sick for a week, Martin MacGregor has a difficult time with the homework assigned by the substitute teacher. Show Me Award nominee, 2013-2014. For preschool - grade 2. 2011.
Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes by Eric Litwin
Pete the Cat wears his new white shoes while walking down the street, and as he steps into piles of strawberries, blueberries, and other messes--and the color of his footwear changes--he keeps on moving and singing to himself without being bothered. Building Block Award nominee, 2011. For preschool - grade 2. 2010.
Pete the Cat and the Bad Banana by James Dean
Pete the Cat bites into a bad banana and vows never to eat bananas again, even though he generally likes the fruit. For preschool - grade 2. 2014.
Pete the Cat: Too Cool for School by Kim Dean
Pete just can't decide which outfit to wear to school! He has so many options to choose from. Fans of Pete the Cat will enjoy Pete's creativity in choosing the coolest outfit. For preschool - grade 2. 2014.
Picture Day Perfection by Deborah Diesen
After planning for months to have the perfect school picture taken, a boy's moment of weakness ruins everything. Show-Me Book Award nominee, 2015-2016. For preschool - grade 2. 2013.
The Pout-Pout Fish By Deborah Diesen
The pout-pout fish believes he only knows how to frown, even though many of his friends suggest ways to change his expression, until one day a fish comes along that shows him otherwise. Building Block award Nominee, 2010. For preschool - grade 2. 2008.
Princess Kim and too Much Truth by Marann Cocca-Leffler
Young Kim discovers that there is a difference between being honest and always speaking the truth. Show Me Award nominee, 2013-2014. For preschool-grade 2. 2011.
Princess Pig by Eileen Spinelli
A pig believes herself to be a princess and behaves accordingly, but soon learns that being royalty has a price. For preschool - grade 2. 2009.
Put It on the List! by Kristen Darbyshire
After family members see the consequences of forgetting to write things on the grocery list, they not only do better at keeping the list up-to-date, they also help with the shopping to ensure they never again eat pickled grubs. For preschool - grade 2.
Ready for Anything by Keiko Kasca
Raccoon is nervous about all of the things that could spoil a picnic, from bees to dragons, until Duck convinces him that surprises can be fun. Building Block Award Nominee, 2011. For preschool - grade 2. 2009.
Rooster Can’t Cock-a-Doodle-Doo by Karen Rostoker-Gruber
When Rooster's throat is too sore for him to crow, the other farm animals help both him and Farmer Ted. For preschool - grade 2. 2004.
Row, Row, Row Your Boat by Jane Cabrera
In this expansion of a familiar song, the occupants of a rowboat enjoy seeing and making the sounds of different jungle animals. Building Block Award nominee, 2015. For preschool - grade 2. 2013.
Rrralph by Lois Ehlert
The narrator describes discovering how Ralph the dog can talk, appropriately saying words such as "roof," "rough," "bark," and "wolf." Building Block Picture Award nominee, 2012. For preschool - grade 2. 2011.
Sally and the Some-Thing by George O’Connor
One boring day, Sally goes down to the pond where she meets a new friend who is really something. For preschool - grade 2. 2006.
Shhhhh! Everybody’s Sleeping by Julie Markes
A young child is encouraged to go to sleep by the thought of everyone else sleeping, from teacher to baker to postman. For preschool - grade 2. 2005.
Sid and Sam by Nola Buck
Sid sees Sam. Sam sees Sid. Sid and Sam sing a song. Soon Sam stops singing, but Sid sings, and sings, and sings. Sam wants Sid to stop, but Sid's song is so long! Will she ever stop singing? For preschool - grade 2. 1996.
Silly Tilly by Eileen Spinelli
Tilly drives the other barnyard animals crazy with her silliness, but after gruffly telling her to stop, they discover that they miss her old ways. For preschool - grade 2. 2009.
Some Cat! by Mary Casanova
When Violet the cat is adopted she has trouble sharing her new kingdom with the family dogs until they save her from some home invaders. For preschool - grade 2. 2012.
Some Dog! by Mary Casanova
A stray dog moves into George's formerly peaceful home, dazzling the man and woman of the house with lively tricks and antics that just leave George exhausted. For preschool - grade 2. 2007.
The Spelling Bee before Recess by Deborah Lee Rose
As the annual school spelling bee nears its finish, two students compete with equal success until the principal breaks the tie with an unusual word. Show-Me Book Award nominee, 2015-2016. For preschool - grade 2. 2013.
Splat the Cat and the Hotshot by Laura Driscoll
Not getting his own chance to shine while on a scouting trip, Splat finally has his moment when some mud causes a sticky situation. For preschool - grade 2. 2015.
Stanley by Syd Hoff
Chased away by the other cavemen because he is different, Stanley finds a new and better way of living. For preschool - grade 2. 1992.
Stuck in the Mud Charlie the Ranch Dog by Ree Drummond
When Abigail the calf gets stuck in the muck at the ranch, cattle dog Charlie springs into action to help out. For preschool - grade 2. 2015.
Tell Me What It’s Like to be Big by Joyce Dunbar
When she wakes up early one morning, Willa questions her big brother about what it will be like to be a grown up. For preschool - grade 2. 2001.
The Terrible Plop by Ursula Dubosarsky
When a mysterious sound sends the whole forest running away in fear, only the littlest rabbit is courageous enough to discover what really happened. Pictures by Andrew Joyner. Building Block Award nominee, 2011. For preschool - grade 2. 2009.
This Book Just Ate My Dog! by Richard Byrne
"When her dog disappears into the gutter of the book, Bella calls for help. But when the helpers disappear too, Bella realizes it will take more than a tug on the leash to put things right." Building Block Award nominee, 2015. For preschool - grade 2. 2014.
Three Hens and a Peacock by Lester Laminack
When life on the Tucker farm is disrupted by the arrival of a peacock, whose shrieking and strutting bring many welcome visitors, the hens complain that they are doing all of the work until the hound suggests a trade. Show Me Award nominee, 2013-2014. For preschool - grade 2. 2011.
What’s That Arch? by Sandra Kreitner
It's big! It's shiny! And it catches everyone's eye! The Gateway Arch is all that and a whole lot more. A beloved landmark in St. Louis, Missouri, it symbolizes the Gateway to the West and the rich history of the area. With colorful illustrations and rhyming story, this board book provides a fun look at westward expansion and exploration. For preschool - grade 2. 2013.
The Wheels on the Race Car by Alex Zane
Animal race car drivers roar around the track. Text based on the popular song, The Wheels on the Bus. For preschool-grade 2. 2005.
Who’s Who? by Ken Geist
Illustrations and simple rhyming text introduce six pairs of animal twins, that moo, hop, swing, swim, flap, and hoot their way through the day. Building Block Award Nominee, 2013. For preschool-grade 2. 2012.
Willow and the Snow Day Dance by Denise Brennann Nelson
When Willow's family moves to a new home, she makes friends with all of the neighbors, even unsmiling Mr. Larch, through her letters inviting each to be as generous as she is. Show Me Award nominee, 2013-2014. For preschool - grade 2. 2011.
The Wonderful Book by Leonid Gore
When various forest animals discover a mysterious object in the woods, they each use it for a different purpose, until a boy reads stories aloud from it, much to the animals' delight. Building Block Picture Book Award nominee, 2012. For Preschool - grade 2. 2010.