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.
2017 Medal Winner
With an endorsement from Elephant and Piggie, early readers will delight in following the hilarious and zany growth spurts of seven blades of grass. As the green blades talk (and posture) about their unique identities, they are interrupted by a menacing purple lawnmower.
Expressive facial features distinguish each blade and add to character development in a fresh way. The use of onomatopoeia, word play, speech bubbles, and creative manipulation of font size combine to offer beginning readers an engaging experience.
"The committee appreciated the originality, pitch perfect humor, and natural sounding repetition that are ideal for the intended audience," said Geisel Award Committee Chair Shilo Halfen. "Who knew that watching grass grow could be so much fun?"
2017 Honor Books
Good Night Owl, written and illustrated by Greg Pizzoli and published by Disney-Hyperion, an imprint of Disney Book Group.
Oops, Pounce, Quick, Run! An Alphabet Caper, written and illustrated by Mike Twohy and published by Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.
Go Otto Go!, written and illustrated by David Milgrim and published by Simon Spotlight, an Imprint of Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing Division.
The Infamous Ratsos, written by Kara LaReau, illustrated by Matt Myers, and published by Candlewick Press.
The members of the 2017 Theodor Seuss Geisel Award Committee are: Chair Shilo Halfen, Chicago Public Library; Patty Carleton, Saint Louis Public Library; Miriam Gerald Martinez, University Of Texas at San Antonio; Kathleen Neil, Enoch Pratt Free Library, Baltimore; Susannah Richards, Eastern Connecticut State University, Willimantic, Conn.; Madeline Walton-Hadlock, Sacramento (Calif.) Public Library; and Judy Zuckerman, Brooklyn (N.Y.) Public Library.