This Year's St.Mary's Book Award

The St. Mary's Book Award is a Children's Choice award which has started in 1999. One out of five short-listed picture books will be chosen by the students of St. Mary's International School to receive the award.

Previously, students from RP - Grade 5 listened to the short-listed titles during library classes and voted on the best title. This year, students from RP - Grade 2 will be participating in the vote. The students are encouraged to evaluate the books in regards to both the storyline and the illustrations.

This year, the program will run from October 2016 to December 2016, and the winning book will be announced in January 2017.

In 1999, when the award began, the library ran a logo design competition. The logo that was chosen to identify the winning SMBA books, was designed by Kaito Hara when he was in Grade1.


| See the previous SMBA winners |

2016-2017 SMBA Winner

Oh, No Astro!

written by Matt Roeser
illustrated by Brad Woodard

Call # E ROE

Asteroids! Planets! Astronauts! In this charming debut picture book, a grumpy asteroid named Astro is thrown out of orbit and takes an unexpected journey through space! Astro is a cranky asteroid who just wants everyone to respect his personal boundaries. But when a satellite knocks Astro out of orbit, he is forced to embark on an epic adventure through space…whether he wants to or not! Filled with playful illustrations and tons of cool facts about space, this picture book is a must-have for all the future astronauts who are ready to journey through the galaxy.

2016-2017 Nominated Books

    These are the five books chosen for SMBA this year.
    RP to Grade 2 will listen to them during their class and decide which is the best.

Max the Brave

Max the Brave

written by Ed Vere
illustrated by Ed Vere.


Call # E VER



Oh No, Astoro!

Oh, No Astro!

written by Matt Roeser
illustrated by Brad Woodard

Call # E ROE



written and illustrated

by Elizabeth Rose Stanton

Call # E STA

Pig and pug

Pig and Pug

written by Lynne Berry

illustrated by Gemma Correll

Call # E BER

Something Extraordinary

written by Ben Clanton

illustrated by Ben Clanton

Call # E CLA