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2020 Books for Missouri Students

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2020 Preschool/Kindergarten
My Heart
My Heart Image

This ode to self-acceptance and love imparts this message: that from moments of great joy and exuberance to necessary times of quiet contemplation, your heart is your guide.

Last Peach
Last Peach Image

Story of two indecisive bugs contemplating eating the last peach of the summer in a hilarious picture book about anticipation and expectation.

Because
Because Image

A series of events, some seemingly very insignificant, lead to a young girl attending a life-changing concert.

Llama Destroys the World
Llama Destroys the World Image

Eating too much pie causes Llama to rip his dancing pants, opening a black hole and threatening the entire universe.

Vroom
Vroom Image

Follows a young girl’s imaginary journey as she zooms in a race car past fields and forests to faraway lands, before returning home to her own safe bed.

Poetree
Poetree Image

A shy girl celebrates winter’s end by writing a poem to a tree and is surprised when the tree writes back.

Daniel's Good Day
Daniel

When his neighbors give a variety of answers to the question “What is a good day?” Daniel writes a poem about the everyday activities that give them joy.

You Are Home: An Ode to the National Parks
You Are Home: An Ode to the National Parks Image

This ode to the United States’ national parks reminds readers that every animal, plant, and person in these parks is an integral part of what makes the land beautiful.

Big Bed for Little Snow
Big Bed for Little Snow Image

At the beginning of winter, Little Snow’s mother fills his big, sky-blue bed with feathers and reminds him that it is “for sleeping, not jumping.”Of course, Little Snow cannot resist, and whenever Mommy isn’t around, he jumps and jumps. Each time, some feathers fall from his cloud-shaped bed and Little Snow soon finds out what happens.

Going Home with Daddy
Going Home with Daddy Image

Alan looks forward to the annual family reunion at the farm where Daddy grew up, but everyone is supposed to share something special and Alan worries about arriving with empty hands.

Truman
Truman Image

After his best friend Sarah leaves for her first day of school, a tortoise named Truman goes on an adventure across the living room and learns to be brave.

My Papi has a Motorcycle
My Papi has a Motorcycle Image

Daisy Ramona takes a trip around the neighborhood with her father on his motorcycle, seeing familiar people and places–but also a community that is rapidly changing around her.

Hey Water
Hey Water Image

Splashy illustrations and simple text explore water in its many shapes and forms.

Why
Why Image

Illustrations and simple text reveal that even when a pesky rabbit annoys his bear friend with too many questions, their friendship remains strong.

Bell Rang
Bell Rang Image

A young slave girl witnesses the heartbreak and hopefulness of her family and their plantation community when her brother escapes for freedom.

Very Impatient Caterpillar
Very Impatient Caterpillar Image

A caterpillar learns to be patient while trying to metamorphosis.

Hum and Swish
Hum and Swish Image

Jamie wants to quietly work on an art project near her friend, the sea, but people keep disturbing her by asking questions.

Good Egg
Good Egg Image

When the other eggs in his carton behave badly, the good egg feels that he needs to be perfect.

Carl and the Meaning of Life
Carl and the Meaning of Life Image

When a field mouse asks Carl the earthworm why he tunnels through the dirt, Carl doesn’t have an answer–so he sets off to find out.

Piglet Named Mercy
Piglet Named Mercy Image

When a pig named Mercy arrives at the Watsons’ front door, she brings love and chaos to their lives.

Music for Mister Moon
Music for Mister Moon Image

Delicate bedtime story about a shy young cello player who learns to share her music with the moon after accidentally knocking it out of the sky.

Saturday
Saturday Image

In this warm and tender story, a mother and daughter embark on an up-and-down journey that reminds them of what’s best about Saturdays: precious time together.

King of Kindergarten
King of Kindergarten Image

Instilled with confidence by his parents, a young boy has a great first day of kindergarten.

Lubna and Pebble
Lubna and Pebble Image

Lubna navigates the challenges of being a refugee: keeping happy—or rather, surviving—and passing the courage on.

Once Upon a Goat
Once Upon a Goat Image

When a proper king and queen ask their fairy godmother for a child, they find themselves gifted instead with a baby goat.

Another
Another Image

In this eagerly anticipated author-illustrator debut by a Caldecott and Coretta Scott King honoree, a young girl and her cat take an imaginative journey into another world.

Who Wet My Pants
Who Wet My Pants Image

When Reuben the bear brings doughnuts to his forest friends, they discover that his pants are wet. Embarrassed, he angrily accuses them of the dirty deed. Eventually, though Reuben faces the fact that accidents happen.

Dasher
Dasher Image

Longing for a life in the snowy north, Dasher, an adventurous young circus reindeer, takes advantage of an opportunity to pursue her dream before an encounter with a kind man in a red suit grants her a powerful Christmas wish.

Fry Bread
Fry Bread Image

This portrayal of a modern Native American family, told in lively and powerful verse, uses fry bread as a metaphor for love, sharing, and honoring the old while embracing the new.

Stone Sat Still
Stone Sat Still Image

This tale told in rhyming verse considers a stone from a variety of environmental and emotional perspectives.

Spencer's New Pet
Spencer

Spencer excitedly takes his new pet to the park, the veterinarian’s office, and a birthday party–but for a pet balloon, those places are full of danger.

Bruce's Big Storm
Bruce

Grumpy Bruce the bear does not like neighbors but is forced to help when a big storm draws them all to his home.

How to Read a Book
How to Read a Book Image

Suggests a method of reading that starts with planting oneself beneath a tree, and leads to a book party one hopes will never end.

2020 Preschool/Kindergarten
My Heart Image
My Heart
This ode to self-acceptance and love imparts this message: that from moments of great joy and exuberance to necessary times of quiet contemplation, your heart is your guide.
Last Peach Image
Last Peach
Story of two indecisive bugs contemplating eating the last peach of the summer in a hilarious picture book about anticipation and expectation.
Because Image
Because
A series of events, some seemingly very insignificant, lead to a young girl attending a life-changing concert.
Llama Destroys the World Image
Llama Destroys the World
Eating too much pie causes Llama to rip his dancing pants, opening a black hole and threatening the entire universe.
Vroom Image
Vroom
Follows a young girl’s imaginary journey as she zooms in a race car past fields and forests to faraway lands, before returning home to her own safe bed.
Poetree Image
Poetree
A shy girl celebrates winter’s end by writing a poem to a tree and is surprised when the tree writes back.
Daniel
Daniel's Good Day
When his neighbors give a variety of answers to the question “What is a good day?” Daniel writes a poem about the everyday activities that give them joy.
You Are Home: An Ode to the National Parks Image
You Are Home: An Ode to the National Parks
This ode to the United States’ national parks reminds readers that every animal, plant, and person in these parks is an integral part of what makes the land beautiful.
Big Bed for Little Snow Image
Big Bed for Little Snow
At the beginning of winter, Little Snow’s mother fills his big, sky-blue bed with feathers and reminds him that it is “for sleeping, not jumping.”Of course, Little Snow cannot resist, and whenever Mommy isn’t around, he jumps and jumps. Each time, some feathers fall from his cloud-shaped bed and Little Snow soon finds out what happens.
Going Home with Daddy Image
Going Home with Daddy
Alan looks forward to the annual family reunion at the farm where Daddy grew up, but everyone is supposed to share something special and Alan worries about arriving with empty hands.
Truman Image
Truman
After his best friend Sarah leaves for her first day of school, a tortoise named Truman goes on an adventure across the living room and learns to be brave.
My Papi has a Motorcycle Image
My Papi has a Motorcycle
Daisy Ramona takes a trip around the neighborhood with her father on his motorcycle, seeing familiar people and places–but also a community that is rapidly changing around her.
Hey Water Image
Hey Water
Splashy illustrations and simple text explore water in its many shapes and forms.
Why Image
Why
Illustrations and simple text reveal that even when a pesky rabbit annoys his bear friend with too many questions, their friendship remains strong.
Bell Rang Image
Bell Rang
A young slave girl witnesses the heartbreak and hopefulness of her family and their plantation community when her brother escapes for freedom.
Very Impatient Caterpillar Image
Very Impatient Caterpillar
A caterpillar learns to be patient while trying to metamorphosis.
Hum and Swish Image
Hum and Swish
Jamie wants to quietly work on an art project near her friend, the sea, but people keep disturbing her by asking questions.
Good Egg Image
Good Egg
When the other eggs in his carton behave badly, the good egg feels that he needs to be perfect.
Carl and the Meaning of Life Image
Carl and the Meaning of Life
When a field mouse asks Carl the earthworm why he tunnels through the dirt, Carl doesn’t have an answer–so he sets off to find out.
Piglet Named Mercy Image
Piglet Named Mercy
When a pig named Mercy arrives at the Watsons’ front door, she brings love and chaos to their lives.
Music for Mister Moon Image
Music for Mister Moon
Delicate bedtime story about a shy young cello player who learns to share her music with the moon after accidentally knocking it out of the sky.
Saturday Image
Saturday
In this warm and tender story, a mother and daughter embark on an up-and-down journey that reminds them of what’s best about Saturdays: precious time together.
King of Kindergarten Image
King of Kindergarten
Instilled with confidence by his parents, a young boy has a great first day of kindergarten.
Lubna and Pebble Image
Lubna and Pebble
Lubna navigates the challenges of being a refugee: keeping happy—or rather, surviving—and passing the courage on.
Once Upon a Goat Image
Once Upon a Goat
When a proper king and queen ask their fairy godmother for a child, they find themselves gifted instead with a baby goat.
Another Image
Another
In this eagerly anticipated author-illustrator debut by a Caldecott and Coretta Scott King honoree, a young girl and her cat take an imaginative journey into another world.
Who Wet My Pants Image
Who Wet My Pants
When Reuben the bear brings doughnuts to his forest friends, they discover that his pants are wet. Embarrassed, he angrily accuses them of the dirty deed. Eventually, though Reuben faces the fact that accidents happen.
Dasher Image
Dasher
Longing for a life in the snowy north, Dasher, an adventurous young circus reindeer, takes advantage of an opportunity to pursue her dream before an encounter with a kind man in a red suit grants her a powerful Christmas wish.
Fry Bread Image
Fry Bread
This portrayal of a modern Native American family, told in lively and powerful verse, uses fry bread as a metaphor for love, sharing, and honoring the old while embracing the new.
Stone Sat Still Image
Stone Sat Still
This tale told in rhyming verse considers a stone from a variety of environmental and emotional perspectives.
Spencer
Spencer's New Pet
Spencer excitedly takes his new pet to the park, the veterinarian’s office, and a birthday party–but for a pet balloon, those places are full of danger.
Bruce
Bruce's Big Storm
Grumpy Bruce the bear does not like neighbors but is forced to help when a big storm draws them all to his home.
How to Read a Book Image
How to Read a Book
Suggests a method of reading that starts with planting oneself beneath a tree, and leads to a book party one hopes will never end.

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