1985 - 2008
Greater Kansas City Association
of School Librarians
KC3 READING AWARD
The KC 3 Reading program is sponsored by the Greater Kansas City Association of School
Librarians. It promotes reading by providing an annual recommended list of quality books for third
graders and for special education students of this reading level. Selections are intended to bridge the
gap between picture books and chapter books.
Students throughout the Kansas City area who have read, or have had read to them, at least FOUR
titles from the master list will vote for their favorite by March 1. Ballots will be prepared for school
librarians to distribute and collect from participating classrooms.
The author of the winning title will receive special recognition from the sponsoring organization.
The KC3 Honor Roll recognizes those teachers who have read aloud to their classrooms at least four
books from the current list. They will receive a certificate of commendation and a copy of the author’s
MID-CONTINENT PUBLIC LIBRARY
The Greater Kansas City Association
of School Librarians Committee
2007 SECRET IDENTITY
Wendelin Van Draanen
2006 FIELD GUIDE (SPIDERWICK CHRONICLES)
Tony DiTerlizzi and Tony Black
2005 7 X 9 = TROUBLE
2004 I WAS A THIRD GRADE SPY
Mary Jane Auch
2003 MY DOG, MY HERO
2002 BALTO AND THE GREAT RACE
2001 GHOST TRAP
2000 BUG BOY
1998 GOOSEBERRY PARK
1997 NASTY, STINKY SNEAKERS
1996 HOW TO BE COOL IN THIRD GRADE
1995 STINKY SNEAKERS CONTEST
1994 FOURTH GRADE RATS
1993 HIGH RISE GLORIOUS, SKITTLE SKAT ROARIOUS SKY PIE ANGEL FOOD CAKE
1992 SNOT STEW
1991 HOW TO SURVIVE THIRD GRADE
1989 WHAT’S THE MATTER WITH HERBIE JONES
1988 CHRISTINA’S GHOST
1987 FLUNKING OF JOSHUA BATES
1986 RICH MITCH
KC3 MASTER LIST 1985-2007
HILDA AND THE MAD SCIENTIST (97-98)
“Helpful Hilda tends to the Mad Scientist until he decides to make his own help”
BABE & I (01-02)
“Being a team is important whether it is for baseball, selling papers, or being a family.”
CAM JANSEN AND THE SNOWY DAY MYSTERY (06-07)
“Who stole the school’s computers while students had the day off for a snow day? Cam uses her
photographic memory to find the thief.”
Adler, David A.
EATON STANLEY AND THE MIND CONTROL EXPERIMENT (87-88)
"Two sixth graders think they are on to something when they seem to be able to control their
MOM CAN'T SEE ME (92-93)
"Photo documentary and text about a girl's relationship with her mother who is blind.”
THANK YOU SARAH: THE WOMAN WHO SAVED THANKSGIVING (04-05)
“Sarah Hale managed to fit a letter writing campaign to the President about establishing Thanksgiving
among all her other jobs.”
PIONEER GIRL: The story of Laura Ingalls Wilder (00-01)
“Laura’s life from the Big Woods to Rocky Ridge Farm.”
RIVER BOY: THE STORY OF MARK TWAIN (05-06)
“Illustrated biography of one of Missouri’s favorite sons.”
Auch, Mary Jane
ANGEL AND ME AND THE BAYSIDE BOMBERS (91-92)
"Third-grader Brian and his cousin Angel have to do some quick thinking to prepare their soccer team
of klutzy second graders to meet the Bayside Bombers, the best soccer team in the third grade."
Auch, Mary Jane
I WAS A THIRD GRADE BODYGUARD (05-06)
“Arful would rather eat the third grade class pet chicken than protect her all holiday break.”
**Auch, Mary Jane [2004 Winner]
I WAS A THIRD GRADE SPY (03-04)
“When Brian’s dog Arful suddenly begins talking, Brian and his friends send the dog to find out what
their classmates are planning for the school talent show.”
Auch, Mary Jane
LATCHKEY DOG (96-97)
“Sam's dog's barking disturbs the neighbors and getting her to stop is a big problem.”
HANNA'S HOG (90-91)
"Hanna outsmarts her neighbor when he tries to carry off her pig."
"Kib and Thatcher arrange the romance that leads to the marriage of their parents only to discover it
wasn't all perfect."
GHOST EYE (94-95)
"A purebred show cat with the ability to see ghosts, learns to see loneliness too."
AIRMAIL TO THE MOON (90-91)
"Ora Mae's finally lost her first tooth but someone's taken it and it's not the tooth fairy. When Ora
finds that someone she's going to send him/her airmail to the moon."
SILVER BALLOON (99-00)
“A far traveling helium balloon brings a city boy and a farmer together.”
GREATEST SKATING RACE (06-07)
“Three children skate the frozen Netherlands canals, avoiding the watchful German soldiers, to get to
safety at their Aunt’s house.”
LIVING WITH MY STEPFATHER IS LIKE LIVING WITH A MOOSE (99-00)
“Matt’s stepfather is many things his father is not.”
SEEING SUGAR (05-06)
“Kate’s perfect fourth grade year changes when a new girl gets her prized front row desk and she
learns she needs glasses.”
Bruchac, Joseph & Jonathan London
THIRTEEN MOONS ON TURTLE'S BACK: A native American Year of Moons (94-95)
"A collection of moon stories from different Native American people."
**Bunting, Eve [1997 Winner]
NASTY, STINKY SNEAKERS (96-97)
"When a "do-good" neighbor washes Colin's stinky sneakers, he retaliates on the wrong person and
gets in big trouble."
CLANCY'S COAT (86-87)
"Clancy sees one more use for his old threadbare coat."
SUMMER WHEELS (94-95)
"Lawrence and Brady try to put things right when a new kid takes advantage of the Bicycle Man's bike
**Byars, Betsy, Betsy Duffey & Laurie Myers [2003 winner]
MY DOG, MY HERO (02-03)
“The stories of eight brave dogs and how they came to be nominated for the ‘My Hero’ award.”
SEVEN TREASURE HUNTS (93-94)
"Two friends work up treasure hunts for each other and run afoul of 'the ogre'."
SOS FILE [JE] (06-07)
“Twelve students write stories about a “big emergency” in their life for extra credit.”
**Byars, Betsy [1999 Winner]
“Waiting for the storm to pass Pete, the farmhand, tells the boys about his dog that arrived in a
SQUANTO’S JOURNEY: THE STORY OF THE FIRST THANKSGIVING (02-03)
“Squanto tells the story of how he was a guide for the English and friend to the Pilgrims.”
GLORIA RISING (04-05)
“Gloria, stuck with the Dragon of Doom for a teacher, surprises even herself when the chance
meeting with an astronaut gives her the confidence to do things she’s been afraid to try.”
"Fruit bat, Stellaluna doesn't really fit into the bird family she lands with when an owl attacks her
mother but she slowly adapts and when she is reunited with her parent she discovers alike and
different can still be friends."
BOSS OF THE PLAINS; The hat that won the West (00-01)
“The story of John Stetson and how he created the most popular hat in the West.”
MERGER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESSWAY (88-89)
"Two 'Determined Detectives' discover why Stern Construction can underbid Strident by just a few
dollars so consistently."
MUGGIE MAGGIE (92-93)
"Maggie resists learning cursive writing in the third grade, until she discovers that knowing how to
read and write cursive promises to open up an entirely new world of knowledge for her."
RAMONA FOREVER (86-87)
"Lots of things are changing for third-grader Ramona Quimby including her place in the family."
“Mix a boy full of ides, the dictionary and a no-nonsense fifth-grade teacher and sometimes you get a
JAKE DRAKE BULLY BUSTER (03-04)
“Jake has big ideas. Now if he can only figure out how to stop super-bully Link!”
HARVEY'S HORRIBLE SNAKE DISASTER (86-87)
"Harvey's cousin Nora seems to develop an unnatural love for snakes when she and her mother
come for their annual two-month visit."
HARVEY'S MARVELOUS MONKEY MYSTERY (89-90)
"Nora's visit to Harvey is highlighted by an escaped, stolen monkey and a coded message."
JUST TELL ME WHEN WE'RE DEAD (85-86)
"Two sisters and a runaway cousin for whom they are searching on an island find themselves in an
MAJOR TAYLOR, CHAMPION CYCLIST [J796.62092 T216] (06-07)
“Biography of a true war hero who battled racism and beat the odds to become one of the greatest
cyclists in the world.”
MAGIC SCHOOL BUS INSIDE THE EARTH (89-90)
"Miss Frizzle takes her students inside the earth to really experience rock collecting."
GET THE PICTURE JENNY ARCHER? (96-97)
"Getting the picture with her new used camera gets Jenny Archer into big trouble."
“The childhood of Eleanor Roosevelt in a picture book.”
PLAYERS IN PIGTAILS (05-06)
“Started during WWII, the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League allowed girls for the first
time to REALLY play ball, surprising many people with how good they were.”
BUTTERFLY BUDDIES (03-04)
“Third-grader Robin learns the value of honesty as she becomes best friends with Zoey, her partner
in a class project raising butterflies.”
THIRD GRADE PET (00-01)
“Fearing for the safety of the class pet rat, Rosemary sneaks him home only to create bigger
WEIRD STORIES FROM THE LONESOME CAFÉ (02-03)
“Sam moves to Nevada with his uncle to run a café in the middle of nowhere, where some of his
unusual customers include Santa Claus, Elvis and Bigfoot.”
MY DOG, CAT (02-03)
“As the new kid in town, one of Abbie’s wishes is to have a big ‘killer’ dog to protect him from the
school bully. What he gets is a tiny Yorkshire Terrier named Cat.”
AMBER BROWN IS NOT A CRAYON (96-97)
"Third-grader Amber is losing her best friend. Will she survive?"
AMBER BROWN SEES RED (99-00)
“Poor Amber, with skunks in school and a bad hair life, will things ever get better?”
FOREVER AMBER BROWN (98-99)
“Things are changing again for Amber when her mother starts dating Max and she’s not sure she is
up to it.”
I, AMBER BROWN (01-02)
“Amber learns there are positives and negatives to being a shared custody kid.”
YOU CAN’T EAT YOUR CHICKEN POX, AMBER BROWN (97-98)
“Poor Amber, visiting London for the first time and itching like crazy.”
MULE EGGS (96-97)
"City slicker Patrick is sold some pumpkin "mule eggs" but turns the table on the tricky farmer."
ANGEL IN CHARGE (87-88)
"When the sitter breaks her leg, Angel is left to cope with brother Rags, assorted pets and noises in
ANGEL'S MOTHER'S WEDDING (89-90)
"Angel worries when her Mom doesn't seem to worried about her upcoming wedding and her little
brother acts strangely while being the 'Ring Bear'."
BACK YARD ANGEL (85-86)
"Although 10-year-old Angel loves her little brother Rags dearly, the constant responsibility of taking
care of him weighs heavily on her shoulders.
De Paola, Tomie
26 FAIRMOUNT AVENUE (01-02)
“In chapter book format, Tomie tells of his family’s move to a new home.”
De Young, C. Coco
LETTER TO MRS. ROOSEVELT (01-02)
“Margo Bandini writes to Mrs. Roosevelt to try and save the family home from foreclosure during the
**DiTerlizzi, Tony and Holly Black [2006 Winner]
THE FIELD GUIDE (SPIDERWICK CHRONICLES) (05-06)
“In their great-aunt’s old house, the Grace children find a Field Guide to magical creatures and even
meet some. “
SELENE GOES HOME (91-92)
"Selene, a homesick cat, convinces a gull to take her back to her old house only to discover it is no
TITANIC, The disaster that shocked the world (00-01)
“Historical material on the building and sinking of the Titanic and what was learned from it.”
BOY IN THE DOGHOUSE (93-94)
"In alternating chapters a boy wanting puppy and a puppy wanting a boy learn to understand each
CODY UNPLUGGED (01-02)
“Cody gets sent to camp to experience life without electricity and close proximity to kids with animal
GADGET WAR (93-94)
"Kelly Sparks believes her popularity relies on her ability to invent things. What will happen when
Albert Einstein Jones joins her third grade classroom?"
HEY, NEW KID! (98-99)
Cody doesn’t want to be just the new kid so he invents Super Cody, never expecting to end up in the
**Duffey, Betsy [1996 Winner]
HOW TO BE COOL IN THE THIRD GRADE (95-96)
"Robbie makes a list to help himself get a new image and gets some surprising help from the class
VIRTUAL CODY (99-00)
“Cody is really embarrassed to discover he was not named after Wild Bill Cody.”
DAVEY’S BLUE-EYED FROG (05-06)
“Kissing the enchanted blue-eyed frog is the last thing Davey wants to do, when showing it off could
be so much fun.”
WARTON AND THE CONTEST (88-89)
"Warton sets off to retrieve Grandpa's watch from some crows, getting help from Grandpa, a 'bad
luck' meadow mouse, and a blind blue jay."
WHEN BLUEBELL SANG (91-92)
"Bovine Bluebell's talent brings her stardom but she soon longs to be back on the farm--if she can get
away from her greedy manager."
TIGER WITH WINGS: THE GREAT HORNED OWL (93-94)
"The characteristics and the life of the great horned owl."
PATCHWORK QUILT (87-88)
"Tanya watches her Grandmother start a quilt and then works on it when her Grandmother becomes
ALBETINA THE PRACTICAL PERFECT (00-01)
“Molly and best friend Albertina spend the summer building a tree house only to have a
misunderstanding come between them when it is nearly done,”
MISS ALAINEUS: A VOCABULARY DISASTER (02-03)
“After misunderstanding one of her vocabulary words with embarrassing results, Sage turns her
mistake into a victory in the school Vocabulary Parade.”
MALLORY ON THE MOVE (06-07)
“Eight-year-old Mallory doesn’t want to move away from best-friend-forever Mary Ann but can not
change her mother’s mind.”
BEAUTY, BRAVE AND BEAUTIFUL (92-93)
"A sorry-looking dog saves two children's lives and is recognized for her deeds not her looks."
Giff, Patricia Reilly
LORETTA P. SWEENY, WHERE ARE YOU? (85-86)
"Determined crime-solver Abby finds a purple and orange wallet that she thinks may belong to a
4B GOES WILD (85-86)
"Fourth graders on a three-day camping trip with their teachers experience frights and delights."
HER SEVEN BROTHERS (90-91)
"A Cheyenne legend about the origin of the Big Dipper."
STAR BOY (85-86)
"Relates the Blackfoot Indian legend in which Star Boy gains the Sun's forgiveness for his Mother's
disobedience and is allowed to return to the Sky World."
Goor, Ron & Nancy
INSECT METAMORPHOSIS: From Egg to Adult (92-93)
"Fantastic color photos of insect life cycles."
**Graeber, Charlotte [1990 Winner]
"Chad wants to keep puppy Fudge more than anything. Can he convince his parents?"
ISABELLE SHOWS HER STUFF (86-87)
"Third-grader Guy looks to Isabelle to change his good guy image but manages to do so without her
GIRL WITH 500 MIDDLE NAMES (03-04)
“Janie has trouble fitting in at her new school when she wears a sweater with a different name on it
SAY WHAT? (06-07)
“When their parents start giving more confusing than usual responses, Sukie and her brothers
investigate to find out what’s going on.”
Hahn, Mary Downing
JANEY AND THE FAMOUS AUTHOR (07-08)
“Third-grader Janey’s excitement about meeting her favorite author nearly ruins the event for
ESTEVAN AND THE GHOST (85-86)
"Estevan, a Spanish tinker, spends Halloween in a haunted castle and helps a ghost win his way to
MAX MALONE MAKES A MILLION (93-94)
"Max's business skills pales next to pip-squeak neighbor Austin's but his heart is in the right place."
COACHING MS. PARKER (94-95)
"Mike works a trade with his fourth grade teacher--he will coach her in baseball and she'll coach him
THE YEAR OF MISS AGNES (02-03)
“Ten-year-old Fred (Frederika) tells the story of how school and village life among the Athabascans in
Alaska in 1948 are effected by Miss Agnes, the new schoolteacher.”
ALL NEW JONAH TWIST (88-89)
"Is Third Grade going to be as bad as Jonah fears?"
BEST-LAID PLANS OF JONAH TWIST (90-91)
"Planning was not third grader Jonah's strong points but with a little help from friends and family he
rises to the occasion."
JULIET FISHER AND THE FOOLPROOF PLAN (94-95)
"Juliet did not like rain, mess or surprises. Juliet did not like the idea that flamboyant Lydia Jane
would be sharing her double desk. Would Juliet have a good effect on Lydia or would Lydia change
MOSS GOWN (89-90)
"The Deep South is the setting of this tale of love and belief as the rich man's third daughter proves
she loves him more than meat loves salt."
PIONEER SUMMER (04-05)
“Against his will, young Charles moves with his family to Kansas to help keep it a Free State.”
CHICKENHOUSE HOUSE (93-94)
"Alena finds living in the chickenhouse, until their new house is built, strange but she misses it when
ALI BABA BERNSTEIN, LOST AND FOUND (94-95)
"David, also known as Ali Baba, practices being a detective and being good so he can have a dog."
CLASS CLOWN (89-90)
"Lucas enjoyed being the third-grade class clown but his parents insist he turn over a new leaf."
CLASS PRESIDENT (92-93)
"Julio lacks self-confidence but is a good friend. Would that be enough to be elected?"
HURRAY FOR ALI BABA BERNSTEIN (91-92)
"David (alias Ali Baba) is now nine and continues to have adventures and misadventures."
SCHOOL'S OUT (93-94)
"Lucas Cott wasn't prepared for an au pair the summer after third grade."
TEACHER'S PET (90-91)
"Fourth grade isn't working out like Cricket Kaufman thought. Her teacher hasn't discovered how
wonderful Cricket is!"
YELLOW BLUE JAY (88-89)
"Eight-year-old Jay dreaded the two week vacation planned with family friends. Would 12-year-old
Mickey want to be his friend?"
**Joosse, Barbara [2001 Winner]
GHOST TRAP: A WILD WILLIE MYSTERY (00-01)
“Willie, Lucy and Kyle go ghost hunting when it appears Kyle’s house is haunted.”
BLACKBERRIES IN THE DARK (87-88)
"Austin is unsure about spending the summer with his Grandmother now that his fun loving
Grandfather is gone."
HENRY AND THE BOY WHO THOUGHT NUMBERS WERE FLEAS (93-94)
"Dog helps boy learn his multiplication tables."
RICHEST KIDS IN TOWN (96-97)
"New boy Peter teams up with Wishbone Wyoming to raise money to visit his old friends."
PAUL BUNYAN, A TALL TALE (86-87)
"Humorous pictures help tell this great American tall tale."
**Kimmel, Elizabeth (2002 Winner)
BALTO AND THE GREAT RACE (01-02)
“Balto is the lead sled dog in the race to get antitoxin serum to the diphtheria stricken children of
HORN FOR LOUIS (07-08)
“Young Louis, working for a junk dealer, tries to acquire his first real trumpet.”
THE CANADA GEESE QUILT (91-92)
"Ariel and her Grandmother work together to produce a special gift for the new baby.
HERBIE JONES AND THE BIRTHDAY SHOWDOWN (95-96)
"Poor Ray shares his birthday with another classmate and seems doomed to never have a party on
HERBIE JONES AND THE CLASS GIFT (89-90)
"Herbie and Raymond have to do some fast thinking about praying when they break the class's gift
for their teacher."
HORRIBLE HARRY MOVES UP TO THIRD GRADE (00-01)
“Harry and Doug have made it to Third Grade but so has Harry’s enemy, Sidney.”
MARY MARONY AND THE CHOCOLATE SURPRISE (97-98)
“Mary really wants to win the treat and she really wants Marvin not to.”
**Kline, Suzy [1989 Winner]
WHAT'S THE MATTER WITH HERBIE JONES? (88-89)
"Will being bitten by the love bug ruin Herbie Jones?"
A motherless family shares a Christmas miracle.”
IRON DRAGON NEVER SLEEPS (96-97)
"Ten-year-old Winnie makes friends with a Chinese teen building the transcontinental railroad."
SHOOTING FOR THE MOON (03-04)
“A picture biography of sharpshooter Annie Oakley.”
HOUDINI, WORLD’S GREATEST MYSTERY MAN AND ESCAPE KING (07-08)
“Illustrated biography of famous escape artist Harry Houdini.
WILMA UNLIMITED (98-99)
“How Wilma Rudolph became the World’s Fastest Woman” a biography.
Illustrated by David Diaz.”
MINE FOR A YEAR (86-87)
"As a 4-H project, 12-year-old George takes on raising a black Labrador puppy to become a seeing-
THINKING BIG, THE STORY OF A YOUNG DWARF (88-89)
"Photo essay about the life of an eight-year-old dwarf."
THE RAFT (02-03)
“Nicky thinks spending the summer on the river with his grandmother is going to be boring, until he
discovers a raft.”
MEG MACKINTOSH AND THE CASE OF THE MISSING BABE RUTH
"Meg follows a series of old clues to track down her grandfather's missing Babe Ruth autographed
CODY AND QUINN, SITTING IN A TREE (98-99)
“Cody thinks being teased by bully Royce is awful until he takes a close look at Royce.”
**Lawlor, Laurie [1991 Winner]
HOW TO SURVIVE THIRD GRADE (90-91)
"Ernest, small and unpopular, makes a friend and finds life more enjoyable out of the basement."
Leedy, Loreen and Pat Street
THERE’S A FROG IN MY THROAT (05-06)
“The subtitle says it all: 440 animal sayings a little bird told me.”
JOHN HENRY (96-97)
"Beautifully illustrated version of the African-American hero tale about a steel driving man."
CASE OF THE GOBBLING SQUASH (90-91)
"This 'magic mystery' has Kate teaming up with Max to find and then 'lose' some rabbits. Magic tricks
Lewis, J. Patrick
ARITHME-TICKLE; AN EVEN NUMBER OF ODD RIDDLE-RHYMES (04-05)
“Poetic riddle word problems about kinds of measuring.”
CHELSEA MARTIN TURNS GREEN (95-96)
"Chelsea is jealous when new girl Abigail moves in but it doesn't stop her from rising to the occasion."
FREEDOM SCHOOL, YES! (03-04)
“The summer of 1965 saw Freedom Schools spring up across the South, changing the lives of their
students, their teachers, their communities and the country.”
WHERE THE RIVER BEGINS (86-87)
"Two boys and their Grandfather hike to where the river begins."
AUNT CLARA BROWN, OFFICIAL PIONEER (01-02)
“Aunt Clara Brown bought her freedom, walked to Denver and helped to settle it, all the time
searching for her daughter, sold away from her. Simple biography of a courageous woman.”
SEE YOU AROUND, SAM! (98-99)
“Sam mad at his mother about wearing fangs decides to run away to Alaska.”
CALEB’S STORY (03-04)
“The stranger lurking on the Witting family’s farm turns out to be their long-lost grandfather, whose
presence plus prodding from Sarah forces Jacob to deal with his past. Sequel to SARAH PLAIN AND
SARAH, PLAIN AND TALL (87-88)
"Will Sarah like them enough to stay and be their mother?"
SEVEN KISSES IN A ROW (85-86)
"Emma learns to accept 'different strokes for different folks' when her aunt and uncle come to take
care of her and her brother."
MAMA HAD TO WORK ON CHRISTMAS (05-06)
“Gloria is unhappy when she has to accompany her mother to her hotel maid job on Christmas.”
JUDY MOODY (02-03)
“Judy has good moods, bad moods and in-between moods while putting together a ‘Me’ collage for
her 3rd grade class.”
JUDY MOODY GETS FAMOUS (03-04)
“When a third grade classmate gets her picture in the paper for winning a spelling bee, Judy is
determined to find a way to become famous herself.”
JUDY MOODY, MD: THE DOCTOR IS IN (06-07)
“Judy’s medical career runs the gamut from doctor to nurse to patient when her class studies the
JUDY MOODY SAVES THE WORLD (04-05)
“Judy rallies her class to help the rainforest.”
MOLLY BANNAKY (01-02)
“Molly Bannaky, sent to America as an indentured servant, ultimately becomes the grandmother of
Benjamin Banneker. This is her story.”
THIRD GRADE STINKS (03-04)
“For third-grader Gordie, sharing a locker with a girl instead of his best friend and trouble with a
school bully may ruin his best year yet.”
GOING’ SOMEPLACE SPECIAL (03-04)
“In segregated 1950s Nashville, a young African American girl braves a series of indignities and
obstacles to get to her Special Place.”
MIRANDY AND BROTHER WIND (90-91)
"Mirandy wants to win the cake walk and Brother Wind is renown as a dancer. Can she trick him into
becoming her partner? Does she want him to be?"
PRECIOUS AND THE BOO HAG (07-08)
“Paying attention to her mother’s warnings, Precious stays safe from the Boo Hag while home alone.
DODI’S PRINCE (05-06)
“Dodi truly wants to keep the stray dog she names Prince, but she will need to find a way to keep him
out of trouble first.”
**Mills, Claudia [2005 Winner]
7 X 9 = TROUBLE (04-05)
“Poor Wilson, not only is he having trouble passing his times table test, his special friend, the class
hamster, is missing.”
UNCLE JED'S BARBERSHOP (95-96)
"Warm memories of Sarah Jean's favorite uncle, an itinerant African American barber"
I'LL MEET YOU AT THE CUCUMBERS (90-91)
"Two country mice visit the city and one wants to stay."
Murphy, Shirley Rousseau
SONG OF THE CHRISTMAS MOUSE (92-93)
"A parti-colored mouse, possible offspring of Rick's escaped pet brightens his Christmas."
EARTHQUAKE IN THE THIRD GRADE (95-96)
"John doesn't like change and when his teacher announces mid-year that she is leaving, he tries to
LEWIS AND CLARK AND ME: A DOG’S TALE (04-05)
“Seaman’s version of the trek across the American West with Lewis and Clark.”
SURVIVING BRICK JOHNSON (02-03)
“Afraid of getting maimed for making fun of Brick, the big new kid in his class, Alex decides to learn
Nagda, Ann Whitehead
DEAR WHISKERS (02-03)
“3rd grader Jenny has a 2nd grade pen pal from Saudi Arabia who can’t write English well yet.”
YANG THE THIRD AND HER IMPOSSIBLE FAMILY (97-98)
“Yingmei or Mary wishes her family would Americanize faster and allow her a pet kitten.”
YANG THE YOUNGEST AND HIS TERRIBLE EAR (94-95)
"Yingtao's clever sister and new friends help him switch from music to baseball."
ANYONE CAN EAT SQUID (07-08)
“Sarah may think she is ordinary, but her ideas are certainly not.”
Nixon, Joan L.
BEATS ME, CLAUDE (88-89)
"Clever Shirley manages to get company with bad pie."
Nixon, Joan L.
FAT CHANCE, CLAUDE (89-90)
"Plain, practical Shirley meets up with the love of her life Claude in this rollicking prequel to IF YOU
SAY SO CLAUDE."
Nixon, Joan L.
(THE) GIFT (85-86)
"Brian, visiting his Irish relatives for the first time, tries to prove to his skeptical great-aunt that his
great-grandfather's tales of Irish lore and leprechauns are true."
Nixon, Joan L.
YOU BET YOUR BRITCHES, CLAUDE (91-92)
"Shirley has to outfox a cook, a thief, and Claude to get to adopt Bessie."
JOHN BLAIR AND THE GREAT HINCKLEY FIRE (02-03)
“The true story of brave John Blair, an African-American train porter, who helped save many lives
when the train he worked on got caught in a deadly firestorm in Hinckley, Minnesota in 1894.”
WHISKERS, ONCE AND ALWAYS (88-89)
"When her cat Whiskers dies in a fall, it takes Rebecca awhile to work through her grief."
Osborne, Mary Pope
POLAR BEARS PAST BEDTIME (00-01)
“Jack and Annie with the help of the Magic Tree House visit the Arctic to solve riddles and earn their
Master Librarian’s card.”
SKULL ALPHABET BOOK (04-05)
“Clever use of riddling text and pictures create a guessing game of skull identification. Can you find
the President’s pictures?”
HUMPBACK WHALES (91-92)
"Beautifully photographed life cycle and description of Humpback whales."
KOKO'S KITTEN (87-88)
"Color photographs illuminate this true account of Koko, a gorilla who uses sign language, and her
THE CHRISTMAS CUP (91-92)
"Megan, with Grandmother's help, turns an impulse purchase into something special."
**Peters, Julie [1995 Winner]
STINKY SNEAKERS CONTEST (94-95)
"Earl could use the first prize in the Stinky Sneakers contest but his best friend is entering too and his
best friend always wins."
Petersen, P. J.
"James and Ray decide to switch places and fool the substitute only the trade must last longer than
CHICKEN SUNDAY (94-95)
"Three children work together to get an Easter hat for their 'Gramma'."
THUNDER CAKE (92-93)
"Grandma finds a way to dispel her grandchild's fear of thunderstorms."
THE DRAGONS ARE SINGING TONIGHT (95-96)
"Wonderful dragon poems and pictures."
NEW KID ON THE BLOCK (86-87)
"A collection of funny poems with funny pictures."
ZOO DOINGS (85-86)
"A collection of 46 animal poems."
GLORIOUS FLIGHT:... (85-86)
"A biography of the man whose fascination with flying machines produced the Bleriot XI, which
crossed the English Channel in 37 minutes in the early 1900's."
VINEGAR PANCAKES AND VANISHING CREAM (89-90)
"Poor Martin, ordinary in a family of excellers. Can he be famous for something?"
JAZZ, PIZZAZZ, AND THE SILVER THREADS (98-99)
“Calvin wants a pet bad but his reputation for being unreliable is against him.”
JACKSON JONES AND THE PUDDLE OF THORNS (96-97)
"Instead of a basketball, Jackson gets a garden plot for his 10th birthday. Does he want a green
MAGIC SQUAD AND THE DOG OF GREAT POTENTIAL (99-00)
“Calvin’s patience and faith helps a dog reach his great potential.”
REAL SLAM DUNK (07-08)
“Basketball player and fan Marcus works to win the privilege of giving his favorite professional player
a special ball.
TO SPACE AND BACK (88-89)
“Describes in words and pictures what it is like to be an astronaut on the space shuttle."
Robinson, Nancy K.
JUST PLAIN CAT (85-86)
“Changes at school, his father's photography business, and his kitten keep Chris busy."
(THE) SECRET MOOSE (87-88)
"Gerald discovers a wounded moose by the creek near his home and struggles to keep it fed while it
ABSENT AUTHOR (99-00)
“Someone had kidnaped author Willis Wallace and Dink wants to find out who.”
**Rylant, Cynthia [1998 Winner]
GOOSEBERRY PARK (97-98)
“A squirrel, a bat, a chocolate Labrador, and a hermit crab have amazing adventures after a storm.”
San Souci, Robert
KATE SHELLY: BOUND FOR LEGEND (97-98)
“When a storm washes out the bridge, teen Kate braves the weather to stop the train.”
San Souci, Robert
THE TALKING EGGS (91-92)
"Goodness is rewarded in this atmospheric Southern folktale. Watch for the faces in the fence."
DARING RESCUE OF MARLON THE SWIMMING PIG (89-90)
"Hartley and Justin work to save the life of a swimming pig when his owner sees pork chops in his
YEAR OF THE PANDA (92-93)
"Lu Yi nurtures an orphan panda but learns he must give her up."
“Jerry Pinkney illustrated this King Award winning picture biography about Harriet Tubman.”
IN A DARK, DARK ROOM... (86-87)
"Scary tales for the not too timid reader."
ROBERT TAKES A STAND (06-07)
“Campaigning for animal rights, helping his best friend run for third grade class president and training
a new puppy, Robert has his hands full, especially when everything goes wrong.”
**Sharmat, Marjorie Weinman [1986 Winner]
RICH MITCH (85-86)
"Eleven-year-old Mitch finds his life turns upside down after he wins $250,000 in the Dazzle-Rama
**Shreve, Susan [1987 Winner]
FLUNKING OF JOSHUA T. BATES (86-87)
"The encouragement of a supportive teacher helps Josh advance in reading and catch up with his
friends after he flunks third grade."
“Jilsy’s hands are covered with warts and school’s starting.”
Shura, Mary Francis
"When Millard C. Fillmore Elementary School must come up with a special float to be entered in a
field day contest which the school's most famous graduate will judge, Chester's sister Eleanor saves
"A clear description of the properties of the sun and its effects on earth."
OMEGA STATION (85-86)
"Jack Jameson and his robot twin, Danny One, must save the universe from the mad scientist."
**Sonenklar, Carol [2000 Winner]
BUG BOY (99-00)
“Charlie loves bugs more than anything and with his Bug-A-View, he really learns about them up
BUG GIRL (00-01)
“Suzanne uses the magic of the Amazing Bug-A-View to come to the rescue of friend Charlie.”
POLAR THE TITANIC BEAR (96-97)
"A true story about a stuffed bear that survives the sinking of the Titanic."
LIZZIE LOGAN, SECOND BANANA (00-01)
“Lizzie enters the Little Miss Seafood contest to insure her place in step-dad Sam’s heart.”
**Spinelli, Jerry [1994 winner]
FOURTH GRADE RATS (93-94)
"Morton (Suds) isn't sure he likes fourth grade especially if he has to be mean and obnoxious."
Spinner, Stephanie & Ellen Weiss
“Garth’s turn at class gerbil care has far reaching consequences when Weebie bites him.”
St. George, Judith
YOU’RE ON YOUR WAY, TEDDY ROOSEVELT [JE] (06-07)
“Biography of Theodore Roosevelt as a young man and his efforts to overcome a sickly childhood.”
RUMPELSTILTSKIN’S DAUGHTER (99-00)
“The Miller’s granddaughter out smarts the king and shows him other kinds of gold.”
LILY AND MISS LIBERTY (94-95)
Lily figures out a way to contribute to Miss Liberty's pedestal fund."
TOPS AND BOTTOMS (97-98)
“Hare and Bear decide to garden on the shares.”
CAT WALK (85-86)
"Yearning to be more than just a barnyard rat catcher, a young cat, in search of a name, goes on a
journey to find a home."
NOT SO NORMAL NORMAN (97-98)
“Anthony sets up a pet-sitting business and his first customer is Norman.”
MAILING MAY (99-00)
“May travels to Grandmother’s as a baby chick.”
DEAR MRS. LaRUE; LETTERS FROM OBEDIENCE SCHOOL (04-05)
“Ike LaRue feels abandoned at Obedience school so he writes Mrs. Gerturde LaRue sad explanatory
letters asking to come home.”
DAD, JACKIE, AND ME (07-08)
“A boy learns about discrimination and tolerance as he and his deaf father enjoy baseball and
cheering on Dodger First Baseman, Jackie Robinson.
Van Allsburg, Chris
POLAR EXPRESS (87-88)
"After a magical train ride to the North Pole on Christmas Eve a boy gets to choose the first gift of the
**Van Draanen, Wendelin
SECRET IDENTITY (06-07)
“Nolan creates the secret identity of Shredderman to expose bullies in his school newspaper.”
“James and his brother become partners in a mice raising business but for different reasons.”
(A) MOOSE FOR JESSICA (89-90)
"Color photo's and a clear charming text detail the fine story of a moose romancing a cow in
**Wallace, Bill [1992 Winner]
SNOT STEW (91-92)
"Sibling cats, taken into the house from the barn, begin to resemble the children in the family."
Wetterer, Margaret K.
KATE SHELLEY AND THE MIDNIGHT EXPRESS (92-93)
"Fact-based recounting of how Iowa farm girl, Kate Shelley, saved a trainful of people from a
disastrous washed out bridge."
"Heartwarming story of a blind girl who's rural teacher helps her find independence."
NIGHT OF THE FULL MOON (95-96)
"Libby inadvertently becomes enmeshed in the forced removal of the Potawatomi Indians in 1840's
"Rachel's tenth birthday gift is a sled dog pup. Perhaps she can train him to be a champion racer."
White, Linda Arms
I COULD TO THAT! (07-08)
“Esther Morris’ “can-do” attitude got things done, including getting women the right to vote in territorial
**Willard, Nancy [1993 Winner]
THE HIGH RISE GLORIOUS SKITTLE SKAT ROARIOUS SKY PIE ANGEL FOOD CAKE (92-93)
"All her mom wants for her birthday is a cake like her grandma made."
MITZI'S HONEYMOON WITH NANA POTTS (85-86)
"Eight-year-old Mitzi has always wanted a grandmother, but her new stepbrothers' grandmother, who
wears wigs and insists on healthy foods, is not exactly what Mitzi had in mind."
STRINGBEAN'S TRIP TO THE SHINING SEA (90-91)
"Postcard album of a boy and his brother's trip to the ocean."
BEANY AND THE MEANY (07-08)
“How is Beany going to work on a science project with Kevin the bully?”
BEANY GOES TO CAMP (04-05)
“Beany doesn’t much like camp, especially since they expect her to dive!”
BEANY [NOT BEANHEAD] AND THE MAGIC CRYSTAL (99-00)
“Beany’s crystal will grant only one wish so she wants it to be the very best one.”
MEMORY COAT (01-02)
“Rachel’s quick thinking and a special coat allow her cousin Grisha to enter the U.S.”
**Wright, Betty [1988 Winner]
CHRISTINA'S GHOST (87-88)
"Christina, reluctantly house sitting with her uncle, discovers the ghost of a small boy and searches to
solve the puzzle of why he can't rest."
NOTHING BUT TROUBLE (97-98)
“Abandoned at her aunt’s farm, Vannie has trouble with her aunt, her dog, and mysterious goings on
around the farm.”
MESSAGE IN THE SKY (05-06)
“Now safe in Canada, Corey starts working as a conductor on the Underground Railroad to help
others to freedom.“
“A young boy hears the story of his great-great-great grandfather and his brother who came to the
United States to build the transcontinental railroad.”
BENNY AND THE CRAZY CONTEST (93-94)
"Benny wants a new bike but his contest entry wins him a couch. What's a kid to do?