Theodor Seuss Geisel Award

About the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award
The Theodor Seuss Geisel Award, established in 2004, is given annually (beginning in 2006) to the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished contribution to the body of American children’s literature known as beginning reader books published in the United States during the preceding year.

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2016 Winner(s)

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. 
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(s)

A 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.


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. 


Waiting

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.