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The 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.



2016 Medal Winner

Book Cover: Don't Throw It to Mo!
Don’t Throw It to Mo!
 written by David A. Adler, illustrated by Sam Ricks and published by Penguin Young Readers, an Imprint of Penguin Group (USA) LLC
In Don’t Throw It to Mo! underdog football player Mo Jackson may be the smallest kid on his team, but Coach Steve has a plan for him to save the day. Readers will cheer as eager Mo makes the final incredible catch and sprints past the goal line. 
Ricks' crisp and vibrant illustrations perfectly capture the action and humor inherent in the engaging narration. Varied sentence length, repetition, and the deliberate design choices create a successful reading experience. 

2016 Honor Books

Book Cover: A Pig, A Fox, and a BoxA Pig, a Fox, and a Box, written and illustrated by Jonathan Fenske, and published by Penguin Young Readers, an Imprint of Penguin Group (USA) LLC.
Fox likes to play tricks on Pig using a box, but in three brief episodes the not-so-clever Fox comes out worse in each event. Cartoonish antics are supported by simple rhyming dialogue and clear illustrations which invite readers to enjoy this comedic duo again and again.

Book Cover: WaitingWaiting, written and illustrated by Kevin Henkes and published by Greenwillow Books, an Imprint of HarperCollins Publisher.
Five animal figurines wait together by the window. In this gentle story, readers and characters meet new friends, observe the unhurried passage of the seasons, and anticipate what may come next. Previous Geisel Honoree Kevin Henkes is the creator of many beloved children’s books.

Book Cover: SupertruckSupertruck, written and illustrated by Stephen Savage, A Neal Porter Book published by Roaring Brook Press, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishing Holdings Limited Partnership.
When a blizzard comes to town, an unassuming garbage truck secretly trades his glasses for a powerful snowplow and becomes the heroic "Supertruck.” Savage’s text compliments the bold clarity and elegant geometry of his digital art. Stephen Savage has written and illustrated nine children’s books and lives in Brooklyn, New York. 

The members of the 2016 Theodor Seuss Geisel Award Committee are: Chair Amanda Foulk, Sacramento (Calif.) Public Library; Elizabeth Basile, Chicago; Amy Seto Forrester, Denver Public Library; Jenna Friebel, Deerfield (Ill.) Public Library; A. Charlene McKenzie, Saint Paul (Minn.) Public Library; Katya Schapiro, Brooklyn (N.Y.) Public Library; and Misti Tidman, Licking County Library, Newark, Ohio.