Theodor Seuss Geisel Award
Henry and Mudge and the Great Grandpas
In four simple and joyful chapters, Henry and his sweet-natured dog enjoy a memorable visit with great-grandpa Bill and his buddies at the "grandpa house." The full and happy day is highlighted by a frolic in the pond, with grandpas in their "skivvies," topped off by a spaghetti dinner.
Stevenson's distinctive line and watercolor drawings provide an effective and gentle counterpoint to the comprehensive text. The simple sentence structure, along with a design that advances this well-told story, provides a satisfying celebration of family and friendship.
Amanda Pig and the Really Hot Day
It's too darn hot. Hot as a fried egg. Hot as toast. Hot as oatmeal. In four simple linked tales, Amanda Pig and the Really Hot Day chronicles such kid-friendly strategies as a sprinkle with a hose and lots of lemonade. Schweninger's cartoony pencil drawings, heightened with fruit-toned watercolors, combine for an accessible treat that is refreshing as a cool breeze.
Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa
Plucky Kate and her beloved horse have a day of adventures, including surprises, counting crows, and bedding down in the barn. Along the trail, the humorous repartee and fluid watercolor paintings set the tone and mood to engage new readers.
Hi! Fly Guy
In Hi! Fly Guy, a beautiful friendship begins when Buzz the boy, proves that a fly can be one smart pet. This slim, reader-friendly tale has a robust humor and wacky cartoon art featuring an eye-popping cover.
A Splendid Friend, Indeed
In a picture-book format perfect for emergent readers, a persistent goose wins the affection and friendship of a preoccupied polar bear. The expressive pastel paintings and playful text of the book mirror the exuberance for reading and writing.