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Charlotte Zolotow Award

©2020 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.

More about the Zolotow award.

2020

Winner

Minnema, Cheryl. Johnny's Pheasant. Illustrated by Julie Flett. University of Minnesota Press, 2019. 32 pages. Ages 3-7

Honor Books

Forsythe, Matthew. Pokko and the Drum. Illustrated by Matthew Forsythe. Paula Wiseman Books/Simon & Schuster, 2019. 56 pages. Ages 4-8

Maillard, Kevin Noble. Fry Bread. Illustrated by Juana Martinez-Neal. Macmillan/Roaring Brook, 2019. 40 pages. Ages 3-8

Mora, Oge. Saturday. Illustrated by Oge Mora. Little, Brown, 2019. 32 pages. Ages 3-8

Reidy, Jean. Truman. Illustrated by Lucy Ruth Cummins. Atheneum/Simon & Schuster, 2019. 48 pages. Ages 3-7

Yang, Kao Kalia. A Map Into the World. Illustrated by Seo Kim. Carolrhoda/Lerner, 2019. Ages 5-9

Highly Commended Titles

Archer, Micha. Daniel's Good Day. Illustrated by Micha Archer. Nancy Paulsen Books/Penguin Random House, 2019. 32 pages. Ages 4-8

Doerrfeld, Cori. Goodbye, Friend! Hello, Friend!. Illustrated by Cori Doerrfeld. Dial/Penguin Random House, 2019. 32 pages. Ages 3-7

Jenkins, Martin. Beware of the Crocodile. Illustrated by Satoshi Kitamura. Candlewick, 2019. 27 pages. Ages 5-8

Larkin, Shabazz. The Thing About Bees: A Love Letter. Illustrated by Shabazz Larkin. Readers to Eaters, 2019. 32 pages. Ages 2-7

Quintero, Isabel. My Papi Has a Motorcycle. Illustrated by Zeke Pena. Kokila/Penguin Random House, 2019. 32 pages. Ages 4-8

Read, Kate. One Fox. Illustrated by Kate Read. Peachtree, 2019. 28 pages. Ages 3-6

Smith, Sydney. Small in the City. Illustrated by Sydney Smith. Holiday House/Neal Porter Books, 2019. 40 pages. Ages 4-8

2019

Winner

Frazee, Marla. Little Brown. Illustrated by Marla Frazee. Beach Lane/Simon & Schuster, 2018. Ages 3-7

Honor Books

Stein, David Ezra. Honey. Illustrated by David Ezra Stein. Nancy Paulsen Books/Penguin Random House, 2018. Ages 2-5

Yum, Hyewon. Saturday Is Swimming Day. Illustrated by Hyewon Yum. Candlewick, 2018. 40 pages. Ages 3-6

Highly Commended Titles

Clarke, Maxine Beneba. The Patchwork Bike. Illustrated by Van Thanh Rudd. Candlewick, 2018. 32 pages. Ages 4-8

de la Pena, Matt. Carmela Full of Wishes. Illustrated by Christian Robinson. Putnam, 2018. 32 pages. Ages 4-8

Henkes, Kevin. Winter is Here. Illustrated by Laura Dronzek. Greenwillow/HarperCollins, 2018. 32 pages. Ages 3-6

Higgins, Ryan T.. We Don't Eat Our Classmates. Illustrated by Ryan T. Higgins. Disney/Hyperion, 2018. 40 pages. Ages 4-8

Lies, Brian. The Rough Patch. Illustrated by Brian Lies. Greenwillow/HarperCollins, 2018. 40 pages. Ages 5-8

Lin, Grace. A Big Mooncake for Little Star. Illustrated by Grace Lin. Little, Brown, 2018. 40 pages. Ages 2-5

Mora, Oge. Thank You, Omu!. Illustrated by Oge Mora. Little, Brown, 2018. 32 pages. Ages 4-7

Morales, Yuyi. Dreamers. Illustrated by Yuyi Morales. Holiday House/Neal Porter Books, 2018. 32 pages. Ages 4-9

Woodson, Jacqueline. The Day You Begin. Illustrated by Rafael Lopez. Nancy Paulsen Books/Penguin Random House, 2018. 32 pages. Ages 4-8

2018

Winner

Phi, Bao. A Different Pond. Illustrated by Thi Bui. Capstone, 2017. 32 pages. Ages 6-9

Honor Books

Cornwall, Gaia. Jabari Jumps. Illustrated by Gaia Cornwall. Candlewick, 2017. 32 pages. Aes 3-7

Hest, Amy. Buster and the Baby. Illustrated by Polly Dunbar. Candlewick, 2017. 32 pages. Ages 2-4

Raczka, Bob. Niko Draws a Feeling. Illustrated by Simone Shin. Carolrhoda, 2017. 32 pages. Ages 4-7

Rylant, Cynthia. Herbert’s First Halloween. Illustrated by Steve Henry. Chronicle, 2017. 28 pages. Ages 3-6

Highly Commended Titles

Cline-Ransome, Lesa. Before She Was Harriet. Illustrated by James E. Ransome. Holiday House, 2017. 32 pages. Ages 6-9

Cooper, Elisha. Big Cat, Little Cat. Illustrated by Elisha Cooper. Roaring Brook, 2017. 32 pages. Ages 3-6

Durango, Julia. The One Day House. Illustrated by Bianca Diaz. Charlesbridge, 2017. 32 pages. Ages 4-8

Engle, Margarita. All the Way to Havana. Illustrated by Mike Curato. Godwin Books/Henry Holt, 2017. 32 pages. Ages 5-8

Fogliano, Julie. When's My birthday?. Illustrated by Christian Robinson. Neal Porter Books/Roaring Brook, 2017. 32 pages. Ages 3-7

Henkes, Kevin. In the Middle of Fall. Illustrated by Laura Dronzek. Greenwillow/HarperCollins, 2017. 32 pages. Ages 2-5

Kvasnosky, Laura McGee. Little Wolf’s First Howling. Illustrated by Laura McGee Kvasnosky and Kate Harvey McGee. Candlewick, 2017. 24 pages. Ages 3-7

Sidman, Joyce. Round. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017. 32 pages. Ages 3-6

2017

Winner

Weatherford, Carole Boston. Freedom in Congo Square. Illustrated by R. Gregory Christie. Little Bee, 2016. 32 pages. Age 6 and older

Honor Books

Alexie, Sherman. Thunder Boy Jr.. Illustrated by Yuyi Morales. Little, Brown, 2016. 40 pages. Ages 3-7

Fleming, Candace. Giant Squid. Illustrated by Eric Rohmann. Neal Porter Books/Roaring Brook, 2016. 36 pages. Ages 6-11

Jarvis, . Alan's Big, Scary Teeth. Illustrated by Jarvis. Candlewick, 2016. 32 pages. Ages 3-6

Highly Commended Titles

Archer, Micha. Daniel Finds a Poem. Illustrated by Micha Archer. Nancy Paulsen Books/Penguin, 2016. 32 pages. Ages 4-8

Berube, Kate. Hannah and Sugar. Illustrated by Kate Berube. Abrams, 2016. 32 pages. Ages 3-7

Boelts, Maribeth. A Bike Like Sergio's. Illustrated by Noah Z. Jones. Candlewick, 2016. 32 pages. Ages 5-8

Campoy, F. Isabel and Theresa Howell. Maybe Something Beautiful: How Art Transformed a Neighborhood. Illustrated by Rafael Lopez. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016. 32 pages. Ages 5-9

Dickson, Irene. Blocks. Illustrated by Irene Dickson. Candlewick/Nosy Crow, 2016. 24 pages. Ages 2-4

Galindo, Renata. My New Mom & Me. Schwartz & Wade, 2016. 32 pages.

Goldsaito, Katrina. The Sound of Silence. Illustrated by Julia Kuo. Little, Brown, 2016. 32 pages. Ages 4-8

Merino, Gemma. The Cow Who Climbed a Tree. Illustrated by Gemma Merino. Albert Whitman, 2016. 32 pages. Ages 4-7

Rex, Adam. School's First Day of School. Illustrated by Christian Robinson. Neal Porter Books/Roaring Brook, 2016. 32 pages. Ages 4-7

Tonatiuh, Duncan. The Princess and the Warrior: A Tale of Two Volcanoes. Illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh. Abrams, 2016. 32 pages. Ages 6-9

2016

Winner

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

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. Illustrated by Lauren Child. Candlewick, 2015. 32 pages. Ages 3-7

de la Pena, 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, 2015. 48 pages.

Highly Commended Titles

2015

Winner

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

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, 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

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

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. Atheneum/Richard Jackson Book, 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, 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!. Illustrated by Brian Won. 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

Honor Books

Bean, Jonathan. Building Our House. Illustrated by Jonathan Bean. 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 E. Ransome. Nancy Paulsen Books, 2013. Ages 5-9

Highly Commended Titles

Bean, Jonathan. Big Snow. Illustrated by Jonathan Bean. Farrar Straus Giroux, 2013. 32 pages. Ages 2-6

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

Graham, Bob. The Silver Button. Illustrated by Bob Graham. Candlewick, 2013. 32 pages. Ages 3-6

Morales, Yuyi. Nino Wrestles the World. Illustrated by Yuyi Morales. Neal Porter Books/Roaring Brook, 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. Illustrated by Susan Stockdale. Peachtree, 2013. 32 pages. Ages 3-6

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

2013

Winner

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

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, 2012. 32 pages. Ages 5-8

Vail, Rachel. Flabbersmashed about You. Illustrated by Yumi Heo. Feiwel and Friends, 2012. 32 pages. Ages 4-8

Highly Commended Titles

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

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

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

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

Lo, Ginnie. Auntie Yang's Great Soybean Picnic. Illustrated by Beth Lo. Lee & 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. Illustrated by Patrick McDonnell. Little, Brown, 2011. 40 pages. Ages 5-8

Honor Books

Bartoletti, Susan Campbell. Naamah and the Ark at Night. Illustrated by Holly Meade. Candlewick, 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. Illustrated by Alison Murray. Disney/Hyperion, 2011. 24 pages. Ages 2-5

Highly Commended Titles

Ashman, Linda. Samantha on a Roll. Illustrated by Christine Davenier. Farrar Straus Giroux/Margaret Ferguson Books, 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. Alfred A. Knopf, 2011. 32 pages. Ages 4-9

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

Mason, Margaret H.. These Hands. Illustrated by Floyd Cooper. Houghton Mifflin , 2011. 32 pages. Ages 5-8

Medina, Meg. Tia isa Wants a Car. Illustrated by Claudio Munoz. Candlewick, 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, 2011. 32 pages. Ages 3-6

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

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

2011

Winner

Khan, Rukhsana. Big Red Lollipop. Illustrated by Sophie Blackall. Viking, 2010. 32 pages. Ages 5-9

Honor Books

Graham, Bob. April and Esme: Tooth Fairies. Illustrated by Bob Graham. Candlewick, 2010. 36 pages. Ages 3-7

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. Neal Porter Books/Roaring Brook, 2010. 32 pages. Ages 3-8

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

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. Illustrated by Greg Foley. Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins, 2010. 32 pages. Ages 3-7

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

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

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

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

2010

Winner

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

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

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

Highly Commended Titles

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

Kasza, Keiko. Ready for Anything. Illustrated by Keiko Kasza. Putnam, 2009. 32 pages.

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. Illustrated by Bob Graham. Candlewick, 2008. 40 pages. Ages 3-8

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. Illustrated by James Rumford. Neal Porter Books/Roaring Brook, 2008. 32 pages. Ages 7-9

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

Highly Commended Titles

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

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

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

Henkes, Kevin. Old Bear. Illustrated by Kevin Henkes. 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, 2008. 20 pages. Ages birth - 3

Zepeda, Gwendolyn. Growing Up with Tamales = Los tamales de Ana. Illustrated by April Ward. Arte Publico/Pinata, 2008. 32 pages. Ages 6-9

2008

Winner

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

Honor Books

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

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

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

Highly Commended Titles

Boelts, Maribeth. Those Shoes. Illustrated by Noah Z. Jones. Candlewick, 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. Illustrated by Bob Graham. Candlewick, 2007. 32 pages. Ages 4-7

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

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

Jenkins, Emily. What Happens on Wednesdays. Illustrated by Lauren Castillo. Farrar Straus Giroux/Frances Foster Books, 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

Quigley, Mary. Granddad's Fishing Buddy. Illustrated by Stephane 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. Illustrated by Peter McCarty. Henry Holt, 2006. 32 pages. Ages 3-6

Honor Books

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

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

Highly Commended Titles

Balouch, Kristen. Mystery Bottle. Illustrated by Kristen Balouch. 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. Illustrated by Margaret Chodos-Irvine. Harcourt , 2006. 32 pages. Ages 3-6

Cruise, Robin. Little Mama Forgets. Illustrated by Stacey Dressen-McQueen. Farrar Straus Giroux/Melanie Kroupa Books, 2006. 32 pages. Ages 3-7

Henkes, Kevin. Lilly's Big Day. Illustrated by Kevin Henkes. 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. Atheneum, 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

Honor Books

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

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

Highly Commended Titles

Bee, William. Whatever. Illustrated by William Bee. Candlewick, 2005. 32 pages. Ages 4-8

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

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

Juster, Norton. The Hello, Goodbye Window. Illustrated by Chris Raschka. Hyperion/Michael Di Capua Books, 2005. 32 pages.

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

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

Savadier, Elivia. No Haircut Today!. Illustrated by Elivia Savadier. Neal Porter Books/Roaring Brook, 2005. 32 pages. Ages 2-5

Turner, Sandy. Cool Cat, Hog Dog. Illustrated by Sandy Turner. Atheneum, 2005. 40 pages. Ages 5-8

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

2005

Winner

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

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. Illustrated by Mo Willems. 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

Highly Commended Titles

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

Buehner, Caralyn. Superdog: The Heart of a Hero. Illustrated by Mark Buehner. HarperCollins, 2004. 32 pages. Ages 5-9

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

Dunrea , Olivier. BooBoo. Illustrated by Olivier Dunrea . Houghton Mifflin , 2004. 32 pages. Ages 6 months - 2 years

Durant, Alan. Always and Forever. Illustrated by Debi Gliori. 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. Harcourt , 2004. 36 pages. Ages 2-4

Horowitz, Dave. A Monkey Among Us. Illustrated by Dave Horowitz. HarperCollins, 2004. 32 pages. Ages 4-7

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

2004

Winner

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

Honor Books

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

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

O'Connell, Rebecca. The Baby Goes Beep. Illustrated by Ken Wilson-Max. Deborah Brodie Book/Roaring Brook, 2003. 24 pages. Ages 6 months - 4

Rumford, James. Calabash Cat and His Amazing Journey. Illustrated by James Rumford. 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

Highly Commended Titles

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

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

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

Frame, Jeron Ashford. Yesterday I Had the Blues. Illustrated by R. Gregory Christie. Tricycle, 2003. 32 pages. Ages 5-9

Jenkins, Steve and Robin Page. What Do You Do With a Tail Like This?. Illustrated by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page. Houghton Mifflin , 2003. 32 pages. Ages 3-7

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

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

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

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

2003

Winner

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

Honor Book

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

Highly Commended Titles

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

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

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

Henkes, Kevin. Owen’s Marshmallow Chick. Illustrated by Kevin Henkes. Greenwillow/HarperCollins, 2002. Ages 3-6

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 6-9

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

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

Shannon, David. Duck on a Bike. Illustrated by David Shannon. Blue Sky/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 5-8

2002

Winner

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

Honor Book

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

Highly Commended Titles

Look, Lenore. Henry's First-Moon Birthday. Illustrated by Yumi Heo. Anne Schwartz Book/Atheneum, 2001. 32 pages. Ages 3-7

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

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

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

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

2001

Winner

Banks, Kate. The Night Worker. Illustrated by Georg Hallensleben. Farrar Straus Giroux/Frances Foster Books, 2000. 32 pages. Ages 2-6

Honor Book

Myers, Christopher. Wings. Illustrated by Christopher Myers. Scholastic Press, 2000. 40 pages. Ages 5-10

Highly Commended Titles

Christian, Peggy. If You Find a Rock. Illustrated 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, 2000. 32 pages. Ages 4-8

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.... Illustrated by Molly Bang. Scholastic, 1999. 36 pages. Ages 2-7

Honor Books

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

Feiffer, Jules. Bark, George. Illustrated by Jules Feiffer. HarperCollins, 1999. 24 pages. Ages 3-8

Highly Commended Titles

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

Diakite, Baba Wague. The Hatseller and the Monkeys: A West African Folktale. Illustrated by Baba Wague Diakite. 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. Illustrated by Amy Schwartz. DK, 1999. 32 pages. Ages 3-8

Thomas, Joyce Carol. You Are My Perfect Baby. Illustrated by Nneka Bennett. HarperCollins, 1999. 14 pages. Ages 14 months - 2 years

1999

Winner

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

Honor Books

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

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

Highly Commended Titles

Fleming, Denise. Mama Cat Has Three Kittens. Illustrated by Denise Fleming. Henry 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. Illustrated by Susan Kuklin. Hyperion, 1998. 32 pages. Ages 3-9

Reiser, Lynn. Little Clam. Illustrated by Lynn Reiser. 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. Illustrated by Vera B. Williams. Greenwillow, 1997. 28 pages. Ages 2-5

Honor Book

Kasza, Keiko. Don't Laugh, Joe!. Illustrated by Keiko Kasza. Putnam, 1997. 32 pages. Ages 3-7

Highly Commended Titles

Bauer, Marion Dane. If You Were Born a Kitten. Illustrated by JoEllen McAllister Stammen. Simon & Schuster, 1997. 32 pages. Ages 2-5

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

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

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

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

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