Theodor Seuss Geisel Award

Owned by the UMD Library with Abstract

The Theodor Seuss 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".  The winner(s), recognized for their literary and artistic achievements that demonstrate creativity and imagination to engage children in reading, receives a bronze medal.  Honor Book authors and illustrators receive certificates, which are presented at the ALA Annual Conference.  The award was established in 2004 and first presented in 2006.


Kang, Anna. (2014). You are (not) small. (Illustrated by Christopher Weyant). New York : Two Lions.

"Two fuzzy creatures can't agree on who is small and who is big, until a couple of surprise guests show up, settling it once and for all!"--Jacket flap.


Pizzoli, Greg. (2013). The watermelon seed. New York : Disney Hyperion. PRIM-FIC P6955wa

After swallowing a watermelon seed, a crocodile imagines a scary outcome.


Long, Ethan. (2012). Up, tall and high! New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons. PRIM-FIC L848up

Through illustrations and simple text, birds demonstrate the meanings of the words up, tall, and high.


Schneider, Josh. (2011). Tales for very picky eaters. New York : Clarion Books. PRIM-FIC S3591ta

A father tells outlandish stories while trying to get his young son, who is a very picky eater, to eat foods he thinks he will not like.


DiCamillo, Kate, & McGhee, Alison. (2010). Bink & Gollie. (Illustrated by Tony Fucile). Somerville, Mass. : Candlewick Press. PRIM-FIC D545bi

Two roller-skating best friends (one short and blonde, one tall and brunette) share three comical adventures involving outrageously bright socks, an impromptu trek to the Andes, and a most unlikely marvelous companion who eats pancakes.


Hayes, Geoffrey. (2009). Benny and Penny in the big no-no! : a Toon Book. New York : Toon Books. PRIM-FIC H4181be

Two mice meet their new neighbor and discover that she is not as scary as they feared.


Willems, Mo. (2008). Are you ready to play outside? New York : Hyperion Books for Children. PRIM-FIC W6998ar

Friends Elephant and Piggie are playing outside when it starts to rain, and then they must decide what to do.


Williams, Mo. (2007). There is a bird on your head. New York : Hyperion. PRIM-FIC W6998th

Gerald the elephant discovers that there is something worse than a bird on your head-- two birds on your head! Piggie will try to help her best friend.


Kvasnosky, Laura McGee. (2007). Zelda and Ivy: the runaways. Cambridge, MA : Candlewick. PRIM-FIC K972ru

In three short stories, two fox sisters run away from home, bury a time capsule, and take advantage of some creative juice.


Rylant, Cynthia. (2006). Henry and Mudge and the great grandpas : the twenty-sixth book of their adventures. (Pictures by Suçie Stevenson). New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. PRIM-FIC R994heag

Henry and his dog Mudge go with Henry’s parents to visit Great-Grandpa Bill in the home with lots of other grandpas.


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