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Show Me Reader Nominees 2014-2015

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Helen's Big World
is the true story of Helen Keller, a young, blind and deaf girl who learned to read and speak with the help of a good teacher, Annie Sullivan. Some of her story is told through her own words. Each page records her amazing journey from darkness and despair to success and happiness.

Edited from http://doreenrappaport.com/helens-big-world/
The Twilight Zone comes to the carrot patch in this clever picture book parable about a rabbit who fears his favorite treats are out to get him.

Jasper Rabbit loves carrots, especially Crackenhopper Field carrots.

He eats them on the way to school.

He eats them going to Little League.

He eats them walking home.

Until the day the carrots start following him . . . or are they?

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, p2012, c2012
Violet has always imagined ruling a kingdom with sharp claws and velvet paws, so when she is adopted and goes to live with two dogs, she immediately takes over with a Meowww! Hisssss! and Spat! Poor George and Zippity try to make friends with Violet, but they get nowhere. One afternoon, while her new family is out fishing, Violet is awakened by some stray dogs who chase poor Violet into a corner. Will help arrive in time?

Edited from Farrar Straus Giroux, p2012, c2012

A young girl is fed up, especially with her troublesome little brother, and declares her independence. Spunky and full of pluck, she hereby lays claim to the country of “My Roomania.” She creates her own nation complete with citizens (her stuffed animals and pets) and money. She plans for a possible war with her brother. Will there be a war or will she and her brother declare a truce?

Edited from Kirkus Review (October 16, 2012)
On a spontaneous visit to the aquarium, Elliot discovers his dream pet: a penguin. It's just proper enough for a straight-laced boy like him. And when he asks his father if he may have one (please and thank you), his father says yes. Elliot should have realized that Dad probably thought he meant a stuffed penguin and not a real one . . .

Dial Books for Young Readers, p2012, c2012

When Isabel and her family move to the United States, she misses Mexico and especially her Auntie Lupita. She writes her aunt about playing in the snow, learning English and transforming a refrigerator box into "a quiet place for me and my books." It is there she feels the safest. After the box is ruined in a rainstorm, Isabel starts building a large quiet place out of used gift boxes she picks up while helping her mother plan parties.

Edited from Children's Book Review, (September 18, 2012)

Chloe and her friends won't play with the new girl, Maya because she is different. She wears hand-me-downs and plays with old-fashioned toys. Every time Maya tries to join Chloe and her gang, they reject her. Eventually, Maya plays alone, and then stops coming to school altogether. When Chloe's teacher gives a lesson about how even small acts of kindness can change the world, Chloe realizes how much better it could have been if she'd shown a little kindness toward Maya.

Edited from Nancy Paulsen Books, p2012, c2012
"Mom said starting over would be an adventure, so I imagined a tropical island with palm trees and buried treasure. Not this. All the houses on Thirty-third Street were old and run down, but the one with the For Sale sign was the worst." So begins a girl's new life in a new neighborhood. She and her mother quickly realize they can't do everything alone--the only way to make things better is to ask for help. They both learn that when you reach out to your neighbors, people will help. As the house gets rebuilt, so does their sense of belonging.

Edited from Peachtree, p2012, c2012

It’s bad enough that Justin has lost the hat his grandmother made for him. Even worse, he needs to find it before her upcoming visit. After searching his classroom and the playground, he takes the dreaded walk down the “scary hallway behind the cafeteria” to ask Mr. Rumkowsky if he can check the lost and found. The crusty old custodian lets Justin dig down into the enormous box, which holds decades of lost items. As he sifts through the treasures, Justin makes a surprising discovery.

Booklist (November 1, 2012 (Vol. 109, No. 5))
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