Theodor Seuss Geisel Award

Geisel MedalThe Geisel Award is given annually to the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished American book for beginning readers published in English in the United States during the preceding year.

 

 

2013 Medal Winner

Book cover: Up, Tall and High!Up, Tall and High!
written and illustrated by Ethan Long

(G. P. Putnam’s Sons, a division of Penguin Young Readers Group)

A bevy of birds perform a play in three acts, while teaching the concepts of up, tall and high. The large font, word repetition, occasional rhyming and simple, but clever illustrations support the very beginning reader’s effort to read independently.  Children will delight in reading additional words hidden beneath thick flaps.

“Using few words, Ethan Long has created a book that children will enjoy on multiple levels. The humorous drawings and interactive story will have children raising flaps and reading their first words with confidence and delight,” said Geisel Award Committee Chair Carla D. Morris.

2013 Honor Books

Book cover: Let’s Go for a Drive!Let’s Go for a Drive!
written and illustrated by Mo Willems

(Hyperion Books for Children, an imprint of Disney Book Group)

In “Let’s Go for a Drive!” good friends Elephant and Piggie, sharing their high spirits through song and dance, prepare for a drive. Best plans go awry when they realize they have no car. Text clues in color-coded speech bubbles, white backgrounds and bold mixed-media illustrations add to  the book’s appeal for beginning readers.

 

Book cover: Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons
written by Eric Litwin
created and illustrated by James Dean

(HarperCollins Children’s Books, a division of HarperCollins Publishers)

In a picture book format accessible to beginning readers, a blue mellow-eyed feline keeps losing his groovy buttons in “Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons.”  But does he cry? Goodness no! Bold backgrounds and rhyming refrains encourage beginning readers to look for the bright side of every situation. For after all, it’s all good!

 

Book cover: Rabbit and Robot: The SleepoverRabbit and Robot: The Sleepover
written and illustrated by Cece Bell

(Candlewick Press)

In Rabbit and Robot: The Sleepover, Rabbit and Robot disagree on everything on rabbit’s “To Do” list at their sleepover, including Robot’s insistence of pizza toppings of nuts, bolts, and screws. Everything comes to a halt when Robot’s batteries run low. Humorous cartoon-style illustrations accompany four episodes, perfect for readers transitioning to easy chapter books.

 

 

 

2012
Medal Winner:
Tales for Very Picky Eaters
Honor Book:
I Broke My Trunk
Honor Book:
I Want My Hat Back
Honor Book:
See Me Run
2011
Medal Winner:
Bink and Gollie
Honor Book:
Ling & Ting: Not Exactly the Same!
Honor Book:
We Are in a Book!
2010
Medal Winner:
Benny and Penny in the Big No-No!
Honor Book:
I Spy Fly Guy!
Honor Book:
Little Mouse Gets Ready
Honor Book:
Mouse and Mole: Fine Feathered Friends
Honor Book:
Pearl and Wagner: One Funny Day
2009
Medal Winner:
Are You Ready to Play Outside?
Honor Book:
Chicken Said, ‘Cluck!’
Honor Book:
One Boy
Honor Book:
Stinky
Honor Book:
Wolfsnail: A Backyard Predator
2008
Medal Winner:
There Is a Bird on Your Head
Honor Book:
First the Egg
Honor Book:
Hello, Bumblebee Bat
Honor Book:
Jazz Baby
Honor Book:
Vulture View
2007
Medal Winner:
Zelda and Ivy: The Runaways
Honor Book:
Mercy Watson Goes for a Ride
Honor Book:
Move Over, Rover!
Honor Book:
Not a Box
2006
Medal Winner:
Henry and Mudge and the Great Grandpas
Honor Book:
Hi! Fly Guy
Honor Book:
A Splendid Friend, Indeed
Honor Book:
Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa
Honor Book:
Amanda Pig and the Really Hot Day