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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.


2019 Medal Winner

book cover: fox the tigerFox the Tiger, written and illustrated by Corey R. Tabor, and published by Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers

Tigers are the best, or so thinks Fox. With a big imagination (and a little bit of paint), he transforms into a growling, prowling tiger. Soon his friends Turtle and Rabbit are likewise inspired to embody their dreams as a zipping, zooming race car and a beeping, booping robot. Despite their rained-out celebration, Fox learns to appreciate that he, in his own special way, is also the best.  

Pencil, watercolor, and crayon illustrations capture the beguiling humor of this entertaining story. Tabor’s tale for emerging readers is easily navigable and just like Fox himself -- speedy and clever. 

“Featuring Tabor’s hip art and quirky, surprising twists, ‘Fox the Tiger’ is an inviting tale of the power of transformation and friendship. Repetition, a predictable pattern, and short, simple sentences give readers ample chance to practice their beginning reading skills,” said Geisel Award Committee Chair Sarah Stippich.  

2019 Honor Books

book cover: The Adventures of Otto: See Pip FlapThe Adventures of Otto: See Pip Flap, written and illustrated by David Milgrim, and published by Simon Spotlight, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division

Pip wants to fly! With ingenuity and robot know-how, Otto figures out a way to help his rodent friend achieve his airborne dream. In “See Pip Flap”, minimal vocabulary, inventive illustrations, and a funny premise support beginning readers’ explorations. 

book cover: Fox & Chick, the PartyFox + Chick: The Party and Other Stories, written and illustrated by Sergio Ruzzier, and published by Chronicle Books LLC

Wily Chick and patient pal Fox star in three charming vignettes in which they explore the fun and frustrations of friendship. The warm and humorous story of these unlikely friends combines the design of a graphic novel with the simple vocabulary and ease of a beginning reader. 

book cover: King & Kayla Case of the Missing ToothKing & Kayla and the Case of the Lost Tooth, written by Dori Hillestad Butler, illustrated by Nancy Meyers, and published by Peachtree Publishers

In five short chapters, Kayla and her clever dog King solve the case of a missing tooth. Narrated by the canine sleuth, this simple mystery features creative repetition, predictable action and supportive illustrations that reward children with a successful and satisfying reading experience. 

book cover: Tiger vs. NightmareTiger vs. Nightmare, written and illustrated by Emily Tetri, published by First Second, an imprint of Roaring Brook Press, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishing Holdings Limited Partnership

In a bold graphic novel, Tiger must summon her courage to face her fears. She battles her scariest nightmare, and thanks to her friend Monster, she doesn’t have to do it alone. A sometimes frightening, definitely charming, and always beautiful tale of beasts and bravery. 

 The members of the 2019 Theodor Seuss Geisel Award Committee are Chair Sarah Stippich, The Miquon School, Conshohocken, Pa.; Ellysa Stern Cahoy, Pennsylvania State University Libraries, University Park, Pa.; Angela Frederick, Williamson County Schools, Nolensville, Tenn.; Diana Garcia, Monterey Park (Calif.) Bruggemeyer Library; Alex Matheson, Vancouver Public Library, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; Cathryn Mercier, Center for the Study of Children's Literature at Simmons University, Boston; and Toby D. Rajput, National Louis University, Skokie, Ill.