Theodor Seuss Geisel Award
We Are Growing: A Mo Willems’ Elephant & Piggie Like Reading! Book
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?"
Go Otto Go!
Using just twenty different words, readers encounter an engaging robot adventure with surprising emotional complexity. Milgrim masterfully expands this extremely simple text through humorous, energetic illustrations.
Good Night Owl
As owl is going to sleep, he is repeatedly interrupted by a "squeek". Determined to find its source, Owl tears apart his house from cupboard to floorboard to roof.
The Infamous Ratsos
Two city dwelling rat brothers set out to prove just how tough they are. Yet their every attempt to cause havoc has unintended – and positive – outcomes. More experienced beginning readers will find delightful misadventures told with accessible text, varied sentence structure, and black and white highly humorous illustrations.
Oops, Pounce, Quick, Run! An Alphabet Caper
A mouse. A dog. And a ball. This clever romp carries beginning readers on an epic chase using common and decodable words and strong illustrative cues to move the action forward.