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Charlotte Zolotow Award Books

© Cooperative Children's Book Center

The Charlotte Zolotow Award is given annually for outstanding writing in a picture book published in the United States in the preceding year. Up to five honor books and up to ten highly commended titles may also be named each year.

Established in 1998 by the Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC), the award is named to honor the work of Charlotte Zolotow, a distinguished children's book editor for 38 years with Harper Junior Books, and author of more than 70 picture books, including such classic works as William's Doll and Mr. Rabbit and the Lovely Present.

Charlotte Zolotow Award seals


Click on underlined book titles to see the CCBC review of the book, and/or the cover image.
Complete list of CCBC bibliographies


2016 Winner

    Engle, Margarita. Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl’s Courage Changed Music. Illustrated by Rafael López. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015. 40 pages. Ages 4-8


2016 Honor Books

    Appelt, Kathi. When Otis Courted Mama. Illustrated by Jill McElmurry. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015. 32 pages. Ages 4-8

    Child, Lauren. The New Small Person. Candlewick Press, 2015. 32 pages. Ages 3-7

    de la Peña, Matt. Last Stop on Market Street. Illustrated by Christian Robinson. Putnam, 2015. 32 pages. Ages 3-8

    Mattick, Lindsay. Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear. Illustrated by Sophie Blackall. Little, Brown, 2015. 40 pages. Ages 4-8

    Taylor, Sean. Hoot Owl, Master of Disguise. Illustrated by Jean Jullien. Candlewick Press, 2015. 48 pages. Ages 4-8


2016 Highly Commended Titles

    Bang, Molly. When Sophie’s Feelings Are Really, Really Hurt. The Blue Sky Press / Scholastic, 2015. 32 pages. Ages 4-8

    Brown, Monica. Maya’s Blanket / La manta de Maya. Illustrated by David Diaz. Children’s Book Press / Lee and Low, 2015. 28 pages. Ages 4-8

    Danticat, Edwidge. Mama's Nightingale: A Story of Immigration and Separation. Illustrated by Leslie Staub. Dial, 2015. 32 pages. Ages 4-8

    Graham, Bob. How the Sun Got to Coco's House. Candlewick Press, 2015. 32 pages. Ages 3-6

    Henkes, Kevin. Waiting. Greenwillow / HarperCollins, 2015. 32 pages. Ages 3-6

    Kennedy, Anne Vittur. Ragweed’s Farm Dog Handbook. Candlewick Press, 2015. 32 pages. Ages 4-8

    McNamara, Margaret. A Poem in Your Pocket. Illustrated by G. Brian Karas. Schwartz & Wade, 2015. 32 pages. Ages 5-8

    Paul, Miranda. Water Is Water: A Book about the Water Cycle. Illustrated by Jason Chin. A Neal Porter Book / Roaring Brook Press, 2015. 40 pages. Ages 4-9

    Potter, Alicia. Miss Hazeltine's Home for Shy and Fearful Cats. Illustrated by Birgitta Sif. Alfred A. Knopf, 2015. 32 pages. Ages 3-7

    Ray, Mary Lyn. Goodnight, Good Dog. Illustrated by Rebecca Malone. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015. 32 pages. Ages 2-4


2015 Winner

    Offill, Jenny. Sparky!. Illustrated by Chris Appelhans. Schwartz & Wade, 2014. 32 pages. Ages 4-8


2015 Honor Books

    Applegate, Katherine. Ivan: The Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla. Illustrated by G. Brian Karas. Clarion, 2014. 40` pages. Ages 5-9

    Bluemle, Elizabeth. Tap Tap Boom Boom. Illustrated by G. Brian Karas. Candlewick Press, 2014. 32 pages. Ages 3-7

    Bolden, Tonya. Beautiful Moon: A Child’s Prayer. Illustrated by Eric Velasquez. Abrams, 2014. 24 pages. Ages 3-7

    Mora, Pat. Water Rolls, Water Rises = El agua rueda, el agua sube. Translated by Adriana Domínguez and Pat Mora. Illustrated by Meilo So. Children’s Book Press / Lee & Low, 2014. 32 pages. Ages 5-8

    Saltzberg, Barmey. Chengdu Could Not, Would Not Fall Asleep. Disney / Hyperion, 2014. 32 pages. Ages 2-5


2015 Highly Commended Titles

    Gehl, Laura. One Big Pair of Underwear. Illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld. Beach Lane, 2014. 32 pages. Ages 3-6

    Godin, Thelma Lynne. The Hula-Hoopin’ Queen. Illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton. Lee & Low, 2014. 40 pages. Ages 4-8

    Lyon, George Ella. What Forest Knows. Illustrated by August Hall. A Richard Jackson Book / Atheneum, 2014. 32 pages. Ages 4-8

    Ray, Mary Lyn. Go to Sleep, Little Farm. Illustrated by Christopher Silas Neal. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014. 40 pages. Ages 2-5

    Salas, Laura Purdie. Water Can Be … . Illustrated by Violeta Dabija. Millbrook Press, 2014. 32 pages. Ages 4-7

    Stewart, Melissa. Beneath the Sun. Illustrated by Constance R. Bergum. Peachtree, 2014. 32 pages. Ages 5-8

    Swenson, Jamie A.. If You Were a Dog. Illustrated by Chris Raschka. Farrar Straus Giroux, 2014. 40 pages. Ages 3-6

    Vernick, Audrey. Edgar’s Second Word. Illustrated by Priscilla Burris. Clarion, 2014. 32 pages. Ages 4-7

    Won, Brian. Hooray for Hat! . Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014. 32 pages. Ages 2-5


2014 Winner

    Snicket, Lemony. The Dark. Illustrated by Jon Klassen. Little, Brown, 2013. 44 pages. Ages 4-8


2014 Honor Books

    Bean, Jonathan. Building Our House. Farrar Straus Giroux, 2013. 44 pages. Ages 3-7

    Brown, Tameka Fryer. My Cold Plum Lemon Pie Bluesy Mood. Illustrated by Shane W. Evans. Viking, 2013. 24 pages. Ages 5-8

    Collins, Suzanne. Year of the Jungle. Illustrated by James Proimos. Scholastic Press, 2013. 40 pages. Ages 4-9

    Miller, Pat Zietlow. Sophie's Squash. Illustrated by Anne Wilsdorf. Schwartz & Wade, 2013. 32 pages. Ages 3-7

    Woodson, Jacqueline. This Is the Rope: A Story from the Great Migration. Illustrated by James Ransome. Nancy Paulsen Books, 2013. 32 pages. Ages 5-8


2014 Highly Commended Titles

    Bean, Jonathan. Big Snow. Farrar Straus Giroux, 2013. 32 pages. Ages 2-5

    Cooper, Floyd. Max and the Tag-Along Moon. Philomel, 2013. 32 pages. Ages 3-6

    Graham, Bob. The Silver Button. U.S. edition: Candlewick Press, 2013. 32 pages. Ages 3-6

    Morales, Yuyi. Niño Wrestles the World. A Neal Porter Book / Roaring Brook Press, 2013. 36 pages. Ages 2-5

    Spinelli, Eileen. When No One Is Watching. Illustrated by David A. Johnson. Eerdmans, 2013. 24 pages. Ages 4-7

    Stockdale, Susan. Stripes of All Types. Peachtree, 2013. 32 pages. Ages 3-6

    Young, Jessica. My Blue Is Happy. Illustrated by Catia Chien. Candlewick Press, 2013. 28 pages. Ages 3-6


2013 Winner

    Woodson, Jacqueline. Each Kindness. Illustrated by E. B. Lewis. Putnam, 2012. 32 pages. Ages 5-9


2013 Honor Books

    Logue, Mary. Sleep Like a Tiger. Illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski. Houghton Mifflin, 2012. 32 pages. Ages 2-5

    Rockliff, Mara. Me and Momma and Big John. Illustrated by William Low. Candlewick Press, 2012. 32 pages. Ages 5-8

    Vail, Rachel. Flabbersmashed about You. Illustrated by Yumi Heo. Feiwel & Friends, 2012. Ages 4-8


2013 Highly Commended Titles

    Danneberg, Julie. Monet Paints a Day. Illustrated by Caitlin Heimerl. Charlesbridge, 2012. 32 pages. Ages 5-8

    Evans, Shane W.. We March. A Neal Porter Book / Roaring Brook Press, 2012. 32 pages. Ages 5-9

    Feiffer, Kate. No Go Sleep!. Illustrated by Jules Feiffer. A Paula Wiseman Book / Simon & Schuster, 2012. 32 pages. Ages 1-4

    Fleming, Candace. Oh, No!. Illustrated by Eric Rohmann. Schwartz & Wade, 2012. 32 pages. Ages 2-5

    Fleming, Denise. underGROUND. Beach Lane Books / Simon & Schuster, 2012. 32 pages. Ages 3-7

    Hood, Susan. Spike, the Mixed-Up Monster. Illustrated by Melissa Sweet. . A Paula Wiseman Book / Simon & Schuster, 2012. 32 pages. Ages 3-7

    Lo, Ginnie. Auntie Yang's Great Soybean Picnic. Illustrated by Beth Lo. Lee and Low, 2012. 32 pages. Ages 7-10

    Lyons, Kelly Starling. Tea Cakes for Tosh. Illustrated by E. B. Lewis. Putnam, 2012. 32 pages. Ages 4-8

    Rappaport, Doreen. Helen’s Big World: The Life of Helen Keller. Illustrated by Matt Tavares. Disney / Hyperion, 2012. 40 pages. Ages 6-9


2012 Winner

    McDonnell, Patrick. Me … Jane. Little, Brown, 2011. 40 pages. Ages 5-8


2012 Honor Books

    Bartoletti, Susan Campbell. Naamah and the Ark at Night. Illustrated by Holly Meade. Candlewick Press, 2011. 32 pages. Ages 3-7

    Katz, Jon . Meet the Dogs of Bedlam Farm. Henry Holt, 2011. 32 pages. Ages 4-9

    Murray, Alison. Apple Pie ABC. U.S. edition: Disney / Hyperion, 2011. 24 pages. Ages 2-5


2012 Highly Commended Titles

    Ashman, Linda. Samantha on a Roll. Illustrated by Christine Davenier. Margaret Ferguson Books / Farrar Straus Giroux, 2011. 32 pages. Ages 4-8

    Bitterman, Albert. Fortune Cookies. Illustrated by Chris Raschka. Beach Lane, 2011. 24 pages. Ages 3-6

    Grey, Mini. Three By the Sea. U.S. edition: Alfred A. Knopf, 2011. 32 pages. Ages 4-9

    Lyon, George Ella. All the Water in the World. Illustrated by Katherine Tillotson. A Richard Jackson Book / Atheneum, 2011. 32 pages. Ages 4-8

    Mason, Margaret H.. These Hands. Illustrated by Floyd Cooper. Houghton Mifflin, 2011. 32 pages. Ages 5-9

    Medina, Meg. Tía Isa Wants a Car. Illustrated by Claudio Muñoz. Candlewick Press, 2011. 32 pages. Ages 4-8

    Sidman, Joyce. Swirl by Swirl: Spirals in Nature. Illustrated by Beth Krommes. Houghton Mifflin, 2011. 32 pages. Ages 3-9

    Soltis, Sue. Nothing Like a Puffin. Illustrated by Bob Kolar. Candlewick Press, 2011. 32 pages. Ages 3-6

    Sweet, Melissa. Balloons Over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy’s Parade. Houghton Mifflin / Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2011. 32 pages. Ages 6-10

    Yum, Hyewon. The Twins' Blanket. Frances Foster Books / Farrar Straus Giroux, 2011. 32 pages. Ages 3-6


2011 Winner

    Khan, Rukhsana. Big Red Lollipop. Illustrated by Sophie Blackall. Viking, 2010. 32 pages. Ages 6-9


2011 Honor Books

    Graham, Bob. April and Esme: Tooth Fairies. U.S. edition: Candlewick Press, 2010. 36 pages. Ages 3-8

    Markle, Sandra. Hip-Pocket Papa. Illustrated by Alan Marks. Charlesbridge, 2010. 32 pages. Ages 4-8

    Stead, Philip C.. A Sick Day for Amos McGee. Illustrated by Erin E. Stead. A Neal Porter Book / Roaring Brook Press, 2010. 32 pages. Ages 3-8

    Willems, Mo. City Dog, Country Frog. Illustrated by Jon J Muth. Hyperion, 2010. 56 pages. Ages 3-7


2011 Highly Commended Titles

    Brown, Monica. Chavela and the Magic Bubble. Illustrated by Magaly Morales. Clarion, 2010. 32 pages. Ages 4-8

    Foley, Greg. Willoughby & the Moon. Balzer + Bray / HarperCollins, 2010. 32 pages. Ages 3-7

    Henkes, Kevin . My Garden. Greenwillow / HarperCollins, 2010. 32 pages. Ages 3-6

    Hines, Anna Grossnickle. I Am a Backhoe. Tricycle Press, 2010. 40 pages. Ages 2-5

    Raschka, Chris. Little Black Crow. A Richard Jackson Book / Atheneum, 2010. 32 pages. Ages 4-7

    Williams, Karen Lynn. A Beach Tail. Illustrated by Floyd Cooper. Boyds Mills Press, 2010. 32 pages. Ages 3-7


2010 Winner

    Tafolla, Carmen. What Can You Do With a Paleta?. Illustrated by Magaly Morales. Tricycle Press, 2009. 32 pages. Ages 3 - 6


2010 Honor Books

    Heide, Florence Parry. Princess Hyacinth (The Surprising Tale of a Girl Who Floated). Illustrated by Lane Smith. Schwartz & Wade, 2009. 40 pages. Ages 5 - 9

    Henkes, Kevin. Birds. Illustrated by Laura Dronzek. Greenwillow Books / HarperCollins, 2009. 32 pages. Ages 3 - 7

    Stein, David Ezra. Pouch!. Putnam, 2009. 32 pages. Ages 2 - 4


2010 Highly Commended Titles

    Fox, Mem. Hello Baby!. Illustrated by Steve Jenkins. Beach Lane, 2009. 32 pages. Ages 1 - 3

    Kasza, Keiko. Ready for Anything. Putnam, 2009. 32 pages. Ages 3 - 7

    Nelson, Vaunda Micheaux. Who Will I Be, Lord?. Illustrated by Sean Qualls. Random House, 2009. 32 pages. Ages 5 - 8

    Stewart, Melissa . Under the Snow. Illustrated by Constance R. Bergum. Peachtree, 2009. 32 pages. Ages 4 - 8


2009 Winner

    Graham, Bob. How to Heal a Broken Wing. U.S. edition: Candlewick Press, 2008. 40 pages. Ages 3-8


2009 Honor Books

    Averbeck, Jim. In a Blue Room. Illustrated by Tricia Tusa. Harcourt, 2008. 32 pages. Ages 3-6

    Bryant, Jen. A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams. Illustrated by Melissa Sweet. Eerdmans, 2008. 36 pages. Ages 7-10

    Manushkin, Fran. How Mama Brought the Spring. Illustrated by Holly Berry. Dutton, 2008. 32 pages. Ages 5-8

    Rumford, James. Silent Music: A Story of Bagdhad. A Neal Porter Book / Roaring Brook Press, 2008. 32 pages. Ages 7-9

    Shulevitz, Uri . How I Learned Geography. Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2008. 32 pages. Ages 4-8


2009 Highly Commended Titles

    Alalou, Elizabeth and Ali Alalou . The Butter Man. Illustrated by Julie Klear Essakalli. Charlesbridge, 2008. 32 pages. Ages 5-9

    Amato, Mary . The Chicken of the Family . Illustrated by Delphine Durand. Putnam, 2008. 32 pages. Ages 4-7

    Cutbill, Andy. The Cow That Laid an Egg. Illustrated by Russell Ayto. U.S. edition: HarperCollins, 2008. 32 pages. Ages 4-9

    Foley, Greg. Don't Worry Bear. Viking, 2008. 32 pages. Ages 3-6

    Henkes, Kevin. Old Bear. Greenwillow/HarperCollins, 2008. 24 pages. Ages 2-6

    McDonald, Megan. Hen Hears Gossip. Illustrated by Joung Un Kim. Greenwillow/HarperCollins, 2008. 32 pages. Ages 4-7

    Smith, Jr., Charles R.. Dance with Me. Illustrated by Noah Z. Jones. Candlewick Press, 2008. 20 pages. Ages birth-3

    Zepeda, Gwendolyn. Growing Up with Tamales = Los tamales de Ana. Translated by Gabriela Baeza Ventura (from the English). Illustrated by April Ward. Piñata Books / Arte Público Press, 2008. 32 pages. Ages 6-9


2008 Winner

    Foley, Greg. Thank You Bear. Viking, 2007. 32 pages. Ages 3-7


2008 Honor Books

    Bean, Jonathan. At Night. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2007. 32 pages. Ages 3-7

    Perkins, Lynne Rae. Pictures from Our Vacation. Greenwillow Books / HarperCollins, 2007. 32 pages. Ages 6-9

    Schaefer, Carole Lexa. Dragon Dancing. Illustrated by Pierr Morgan. Viking, 2007. 32 pages. Ages 3-6


2008 Highly Commended Titles

    Boelts, Maribeth. Those Shoes. Illustrated by Noah Z. Jones. Candlewick Press, 2007. 32 pages. Ages 5-8

    Cruise, Robin . Only You. Illustrated by Margaret Chodos-Irvine. Harcourt, 2007. 32 pages. Ages birth-3

    Graham, Bob. "The Trouble with Dogs..." Said Dad. U.S. edition: Candlewick Press, 2007. 32 pages. Ages 4-7

    Harrington, Janice . The Chicken-Chasing Queen of Lamar County. Illustrated by Shelley Jackson. Melanie Kroupa Books / Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2007. 32 pages. Ages 5-8

    Henkes, Kevin. A Good Day. Greenwillow Books / HarperCollins, 2007. 24 pages. Ages 2-6

    Jenkins, Emily. What Happens on Wednesdays. Illustrated by Lauren Castillo. Frances Foster Books / Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2007. 32 pages. Ages 3-6

    McKissack, Patricia C.. The All-I'll-Ever-Want Christmas Doll. Illustrated by Jerry Pinkney. Schwartz & Wade, 2007. 32 pages. Ages 5-8

    Pennypacker, Sara. Pierre in Love. Illustrated by Petra Mathers. Orchard Books / Scholastic, 2007. 40 pages. Age 5-9

    Quigley, Mary. Granddad's Fishing Buddy. Illustrated by Stéphane Jorisch. Dial, 2007. 32 pages. Ages 4-8

    Wheeler, Lisa. Jazz Baby. Illustrated by R. Gregory Christie. Harcourt, 2007. 32 pages. Ages birth-3


2007 Winner

    McCarty, Peter. Moon Plane. Henry Holt, 2006. 32 pages. Ages 3-6


2007 Honor Books

    Look, Lenore. Uncle Peter's Amazing Chinese Wedding. Illustrated by Yumi Heo. Anne Schwartz / Atheneum, 2006. 32 pages. Ages 3-7

    Smith, Linda. Mrs. Crump's Cat. Illustrated by David Roberts. HarperCollins, 2006. 32 pages. Ages 4-8


2007 Highly Commended Titles

    Balouch, Kristen. Mystery Bottle. Hyperion, 2006. 32 pages. Ages 4-8

    Becker, Shari. Maxwell's Mountain. Illustrated by Nicole Wong. Charlesbridge, 2006. 32 pages. Ages 4-7

    Bunting, Eve. One Green Apple. Illustrated by Ted Lewin. Clarion, 2006. 32 pages. Ages 5-8

    Chodos-Irvine, Margaret. Best Best Friends. Harcourt, 2006. 32 pages. Ages 3-6

    Cruise, Robin. Little Mamá Forgets. Illustrated by Stacey Dressen-McQueen. Melanie Kroupa Books / Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2006. 32 pages. Ages 3-6

    Henkes, Kevin. Lilly's Big Day. Greenwillow / HarperCollins, 2006. 32 pages. Ages 4-8

    Schaefer, Lola M. . An Island Grows. Illustrated by Cathie Felstead. Greenwillow / HarperCollins, 2006. 32 pages. Ages 4-7

    Weeks, Sarah. Overboard!. Illustrated by Sam Williams. Harcourt, 2006. 32 pages. Ages 1-3

    Willis, Jeanne. Gorilla! Gorilla!. Illustrated by Tony Ross. U.S. edition: Athenuem, 2006. 24 pages. Ages 4-8


2006 Winner

    Rodman, Mary Ann. My Best Friend. Illustrated by E. B. Lewis. Viking, 2005. 32 pages. Ages 5-8


2006 Honor Books

    McKissack, Patricia C. and Onawumi Jean Moss . Precious and the Boo Hag. Illustrated by Kyrsten Brooker. An Anne Swartz Book / Atheneum, 2005. 32 pages. Ages 5-8

    Muth, Jon J. Zen Shorts. Scholastic Press, 2005. 40 pages. Ages 4-8


2006 Highly Commended Titles

    Bee, William. Whatever . Candlewick Press, 2005. 32 pages. Ages 4-7

    Bergman, Mara. Snip, Snap! What's That?. Illustrated by Nick Maland. U.S. edition: Greenwillow / HarperCollins, 2005. 32 pages. Ages 3-6

    Graham, Bob. Oscar’s Half Birthday. Candlewick Press, 2005. 32 pages. Ages 3-6

    Juster, Norton. The Hello, Goodbye Window. Illustrated by Chris Raschka. Michael di Capua Books / Hyperion, 2005. 32 pages. Ages 3-7

    King, Stephen Michael. Mutt Dog! . Harcourt, 2005. 32 pages. Ages 3-7

    Patricelli, Leslie. Binky. Candlewick Press, 2005. 24 pages. Ages 1-3

    Savadier, Elivia. No Haircut Today! . A Neal Porter Book / Roaring Brook Press, 2005. 32 pages. Ages 2-5

    Turner, Sandy. Cool Cat, Hot Dog. Atheneum, 2005. 40 pages. Ages 5-10

    Willems, Mo. Leonardo the Terrible Monster. Hyperion, 2005. 32 pages. Ages 3-7


2005 Winner

    Henkes, Kevin. Kitten's First Full Moon. Greenwillow Books / HarperCollins, 2004. 32 pages. Ages 2 - 5


2005 Honor Books

    Thompson, Lauren. Polar Bear Night. Illustrated by Stephen Savage. Scholastic Press, 2004. 32 pages. Ages 2-5

    Willems, Mo. Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale. Hyperion, 2004. 32 pages. Ages 2 - 6

    Woodson, Jacqueline. Coming On Home Soon. Illustrated by E. B. Lewis. Putnam, 2004. 32 pages. Ages 5-8


2005 Highly Commended Titles

    Beaumont, Karen. Baby Danced the Polka. Illustrated by Jennifer Plecas. Dial, 2004. 20 pages. Ages birth - 3 years

    Buehner, Caralyn. Superdog: The Heart of a Hero. Illustrated by Mark Buehner. Harper Collins, 2004. Ages 5-9

    Dunrea, Oliver . BooBoo. Houghton Mifflin, 2004. 32 pages. Ages 6 months- 2 years

    Durant, Alan. Always and Forever. Illustrated by Debi Gliori. U.S. edition: Harcourt, 2004. 24 pages. Ages 3 - 6

    English, Karen. Hot Day on Abbott Avenue. Illustrated by Javaka Steptoe. Clarion, 2004. 32 pages. Ages 5 - 9

    Hoberman, Mary Ann. Whose Garden Is It? . Illustrated by Jane Dyer. Gulliver Books / Harcourt, 2004. 36 pages. Ages 2-4

    Horowitz, Dave. A Monkey Among Us. Harper Festival / Harper Collins, 2004. 32 pages. Ages 4-7

    MachLachlan, Patricia and Emily MachLachlan . Bittle. Illustrated by Dan Yaccarino. Joanna Cotler Books / HarperCollins, 2004. 32 pages. Ages 3-7

    Schaefer, Carole Lexa. The Biggest Soap. Illustrated by Stacey Dressen-McQueen. Melanie Kroupa / Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2004. 32 pages. Ages 4-7


2004 Winner

    Schwartz, Amy. What James Likes Best. A Richard Jackson Book / Atheneum, 2003. 32 pages. Ages 2 - 5


2004 Honor Books

    Coy, John. Two Old Potatoes and Me. Illustrated by Carolyn Fisher. Alfred A. Knopf, 2003. 32 pages. Ages 4 - 8

    O'Connell, Rebecca. The Baby Goes Beep. Illustrated by Ken Wilson-Max. Deborah Brodie Book / Roaring Brook Press, 2003. 24 pages. Ages 6 months and older

    Paye, Won-Ldy and Margaret H. Lippert . Mrs. Chicken and the Hungry Crocodile. Illustrated by Julie Paschkis. Henry Holt, 2003. 32 pages. Ages 4-7

    Rumford, James. Calabash Cat and His Amazing Journey. Houghton Mifflin, 2003. 32 pages. Ages 4 - 8

    Shannon, George. Tippy-Toe Chick, Go!. Illustrated by Laura Dronzek. Greenwillow / HarperCollins, 2003. 32 pages. Ages 2 - 5


2004 Highly Commended Titles

    Banks, Kate. Mama's Coming Home. Illustrated by Tomek Bogacki. Frances Foster Books / Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2003. 24 pages. Ages 3 - 6

    Chandra, Deborah and Madeleine Comora . George Washington's Teeth. Illustrated by Brock Cole. Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2003. 40 pages. Ages 7-11

    Fleming, Denise. Buster. Henry Holt, 2003. 32 pages. Ages 4 - 7

    Frame, Jeron Ashford. Yesterday I Had the Blues. Illustrated by R. Gregory Christie. Tricycle Press, 2003. 32 pages. Ages 5 - 10

    Jenkins, Steve and Robin Page . What Do You Do With a Tail Like This?. Houghton Mifflin, 2003. 32 pages. Ages 3 - 6

    Nye, Naomi Shihab . Baby Radar. Illustrated by Nancy Carpenter. Greenwillow Books / HarperCollins, 2003. 32 pages. Ages 18 months - 4 years

    Perkins, Lynne Rae. Snow Music. Greenwillow Books / HarperCollins, 2003. 36 pages. Ages 4 - 8

    U'Ren, Andrea. Mary Smith. Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2003. 32 pages. Ages 4 - 8

    Willems, Mo. Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!. Hyperion, 2003. 32 pages. Ages 2 - 6


2003 Winner

    Keller, Holly. Farfallina & Marcel. Greenwillow / HarperCollins, 2002. 32 pages. Ages 3 - 7


2003 Honor Book

    Swanson, Susan Marie. The First Thing My Mama Told Me. Illustrated by Christine Davenier. Harcourt, 2002. 32 pages. Ages 3 - 8


2003 Highly Commended Titles

    Andrews-Goebel, Nancy. The Pot That Juan Built. Illustrated by David Diaz. Lee & Low, 2002. 32 pages. Ages 6 - 10

    Banks, Kate. Close Your Eyes. Illustrated by Georg Hallensleban. Frances Foster Books / Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2002. 32 pages. Ages 2 - 4

    Henkes, Kevin. Owen’s Marshmallow Chick. Greenwillow / HarperFestival / HarperCollins, 2002. 20 pages. Ages 4 - 6

    Herrera, Juan Felipe. Grandma and Me at the Flea / Los Meros Meros Remateros. Illustrated by Anita DeLucio-Brock. Children's Book Press, 2002. 32 pages. Ages 7 - 10

    McMullan, Kate and Jim. I Stink!. Joanna Cotler Books / HarperCollins, 2002. 32 pages. Ages 2 - 6

    Okimoto, Jean Davies and Elaine M. Aoki . The White Swan Express: A Story About Adoption. Illustrated by Meilo So. Clarion, 2002. 32 pages. Ages 4 - 7

    Schertle, Alice. All You Need for a Snowman. Illustrated by Barbara Lavallee. Silver Whistle / Harcourt, 2002. 32 pages. Ages 2 - 5

    Shannon, David. Duck on a Bike. Blue Sky Press / Scholastic, 2002. 32 pages. Ages 3 - 7

    Wilson, Karma. Bear Snores On. Illustrated by Jane Chapman. Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2002. 32 pages. Ages 3 - 6

    Wong, Janet S.. Apple Pie 4th of July. Illustrated by Margaret Chodos-Irvine. Harcourt, 2002. 32 pages. Ages 6 - 9


2002 Winner

    Willey, Margaret. Clever Beatrice: An Upper Peninsula Conte. Illustrated by Heather Solomon. Atheneum, 2001. 32 pages. Ages 4 - 8


2002 Honor Book

    Jenkins, Emily. Five Creatures. Illustrated by Tomek Bogacki. Frances Foster Books / Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2001. 24 pages. Ages 3 - 6


2002 Highly Commended Titles

    Look, Lenore. Henry's First-Moon Birthday. Illustrated by Yumi Heo. An Anne Schwartz Book / Atheneum, 2001. 32 pages. Ages 4 - 7

    MacDonald, Margaret Read . Mabela the Clever. Illustrated by Tim Coffey. Albert Whitman, 2001. 32 pages. Ages 4 - 8

    Russo, Marisabina. Come Back, Hannah!. Greenwillow / HarperCollins, 2001. 32 pages. Ages 2-5

    Stock, Catherine. Gugu's House. Clarion, 2001. 32 pages. Ages 5 - 8

    Wong, Janet S.. Grump. Illustrated by John Wallace. Margaret K. McElderry , 2001. 24 pages. Ages 18 months - 3 years


2001 Winner

    Banks, Kate. The Night Worker. Illustrated by Georg Hallensleben. Frances Foster Books/Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2000. 32 pages. Ages 2 - 5


2001 Honor Book

    Myers, Christopher. Wings. Scholastic Press, 2000. 40 pages. Ages 5 - 11


2001 Highly Commended Titles

    Christian, Peggy. If You Find a Rock. Photographed by Barbara Hirsch Lember. Harcourt, 2000. 32 pages. Ages 3 - 8

    Cronin, Doreen. Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type. Illustrated by Betsy Lewin. Simon & Schuster, 2000. 32 pages. Ages 4 - 8

    Harjo, Joy. The Good Luck Cat. Illustrated by Paul Lee. Harcourt, 2000. 32 pages. Ages 4 - 7

    Kajikawa, Kimiko. Yoshi’s Feast. Illustrated by Yumi Heo. DK Ink, 2000. 32 pages. Ages 4 - 8

    Pinkney, Sandra L. Shades of Black: A Celebration of Our Children. Illustrated by Myles Pinkney. Scholastic, 2000. 28 pages. Ages 3 - 11

    Van Laan, Nancy. When Winter Comes. Illustrated by Susan Gaber. Atheneum, 2000. 32 pages. Ages 3 - 6


2000 Winner

    Bang, Molly. When Sophie Gets Angry -- Really, Really Angry.... Blue Sky/Scholastic, 1999. 36 pages. Ages 2 - 7


2000 Honor Books

    Best, Cari. Three Cheers for Catherine the Great. Illustrated by Giselle Potter. A Melanie Kroupa Book/DK Ink, 1999. 32 pages. Ages 4 - 8

    Feiffer, Jules. Bark, George. HarperCollins, 1998. 24 pages. Ages 3 - 8


2000 Highly Commended Titles

    Diakité, Baba Wagué . The Hatseller and the Monkeys: A West African Folktale. Scholastic, 1999. 32 pages. Ages 4 - 8

    George, Kristine O'Connell. Little Dog Poems. Illustrated by June Otani. Clarion, 1999. 40 pages. Ages 3 - 7

    Graham, Joan Bransfield. Flicker Flash. Illustrated by Nancy Davis. Houghton Mifflin, 1999. 32 pages. Ages 4 - 8

    Howard, Elizabeth Fitzgerald . When Will Sarah Come?. Illustrated by Nina Crews. Greenwillow, 1999. 24 pages. Ages 2 - 5

    Schwartz, Amy. How to Catch an Elephant. DK Ink, 1999. 32 pages. Ages 3 - 8

    Thomas, Joyce Carol. You Are My Perfect Baby. Illustrated by Nneka Bennett. HarperCollins, 1999. 14 pages. Ages 6-18 months

    Zimmerman, Andrea and David Clemesha . Trashy Town. Illustrated by Dan Yaccarino. HarperCollins, 1999. 32 pages. Ages 2 - 6


1999 Winner

    Shulevitz, Uri. Snow. Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 1998. 32 pages. Ages 3 - 7


1999 Honor Books

    Meade, Holly. John Willy and Freddy McGee. Marshall Cavendish, 1998. 32 pages. Ages 3 - 7

    Steig, William. Pete's a Pizza. HarperCollins, 1998. 32 pages. Ages 3 - 7


1999 Highly Commended Titles

    Fleming, Denise. Mama Cat Has Three Kittens. Holt, 1998. 32 pages. Ages 2 - 6

    Henkes, Kevin. Circle Dogs. Illustrated by Dan Yaccarino. Greenwillow, 1998. 32 pages. Ages 2 - 4

    Jones, Bill T. and Susan Kuklin . Dance. Photographed by Susan Kuklin. Hyperion, 1998. 32 pages. Ages 3-9

    Reiser, Lynn. Little Clam. Greenwillow, 1998. 32 pages. Ages 3 - 6

    Stuve-Bodeen, Stephanie. Elizabeti's Doll. Illustrated by Christy Hale. Lee & Low, 1998. 32 pages. Ages 3 - 7


1998 Winner

    Williams, Vera B.. Lucky Song. Greenwillow, 1997. 28 pages. Ages 2 - 5


1998 Honor Book

    Kasza, Keiko. Don't Laugh, Joe!. G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1997. 32 pages. Ages 3 - 7


1998 Highly Commended Titles

    Bauer, Marion Dane. If You Were Born a Kitten. Illustrated by JoEllen McAllister Stammen. Simon & Schuster, 1997. 32 pages. Ages 1 - 4

    Cooper, Elisha. Country Fair. Greenwillow, 1997. 40 pages. Ages 3-8

    Fleming, Denise. Time to Sleep. Henry Holt, 1997. 32 pages. Ages 2 - 5

    McKissack, Patricia C. . Ma Dear's Aprons. Illustrated by Floyd Cooper. An Anne Schwartz Book/Atheneum, 1997. 32 pages. Ages 4 - 7

    Waber, Bernard. Bearsie Bear and the Surprise Sleepover Party . Houghton Mifflin, 1997. 40 pages. Ages 3-7

    Wells, Rosemary. Bunny Cakes. Dial, 1997. 24 pages. Ages 3 - 7



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