(Theodor Seuss) Geisel Honor
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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.
Sullivan, Mary. (2013). Ball. Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Children. PRIM-FIC S947ba
While searching for someone to play ball with him, a dog dreams of fantastical adventures he could have with his ball.
Willems, Mo. (2013). A big guy took my ball. New York : Hyperion Books for Children. PRIM-FIC W6998bi
Piggie is upset because a whale took the ball she found, but Gerald finds a solution that pleases all of them.
Henkes, Kevin. (2013). Penny and her marble. New York : Greenwillow Books. PRIM-FIC H512pm
Penny feels guilty after taking a beautiful blue marble that she sees in Mrs. Goodwin's grass, but gets a pleasant surprise when she goes to return it the next day.
Willems, Mo. (2012). Let's go for a drive! New York : Hyperion Books for Children. PRIM-FIC W699Le
Elephant Gerald and Piggie want to go for a drive, but as Gerald thinks of one thing after another that they will have to take along, they come to realize that they lack the most important thing of all.
Litwin, Eric. (2012). Pete the cat and his four groovy buttons. (Created & illustrated by James Dean). New York, NY : Harper. PRIM-FIC L782p
Pete the cat loves the buttons on his shirt so much that he makes up a song about them, and even as the buttons pop off, one by one, he still finds a reason to sing.
Bell, Cece. (2012). Rabbit and Robot : the sleepover. Somerville, Mass. : Candlewick. PRIM-FIC B433ra
Rabbit is excited about the sleepover he has carefully planned for his friend Robot, but Robot has some different ideas about how things should go.
Willems, Mo. (2011). I broke my trunk! New York : Hyperion Books for Children. PRIM-FIC W699ib
Gerald the elephant tells his best friend Piggie a long, crazy story about how he broke his trunk.
Klassen, Jon. (2011). I want my hat back. Somerville, Mass. : Candlewick Press. PRIM-FIC K631iw
A bear almost gives up his search for his missing hat until he remembers something important.
Meisel, Paul. (2011). See me run. New York : Holiday House. PRIM-FIC M515se
A day at the dog park is filled with running, racing with friends, playing in the mud, washing off in the creek, and digging in the dirt. This time the digging dogs uncover a real surprise!
Lin, Grace. (2010). Ling & Ting : not exactly the same! New York : Little, Brown. PRIM-FIC L735Li
Ling and Ting are identical twins that people think are exactly the same, but time and again they prove to be different.
Willems, Mo. (2010). We are in a book!. New York, N.Y. : Hyperion. PRIM-FIC W699we
Gerald and Piggie discover the joy of being in a book that is being read. It’s fun to make the reader say things (if the book is being read aloud). Piggy takes a turn and then Gerald wants his turn too. But the book is almost over! What will happen when the book ends?
Arnold, Tedd. (2009). I spy Fly Guy! New York : Scholastic. PRIM-FIC A759is
While playing hide-and-seek with Buzz, Fly Guy is taken away by a garbage man.
Smith, Jeff. (2009). Little Mouse gets ready : a Toon Book. New York : RAW Junior. PRIM-FIC J6513Li
Little Mouse gets dressed to go to the barn with his mother, brothers, and sisters.
Yee, Wong Herbert. (2009). Mouse and Mole, fine feathered friends. Boston : Houghton Mifflin Books for Children. PRIM-FIC Y423mo
When spring arrives, Mole and Mouse make plans to go birdwatching. They will draw birds! They will make bird books! Then they learn that birds get scared away by loud noises and splashy noises. How can they get close enough to those birds?
McMullan, Kate. (2009). Pearl and Wagner : one funny day. (Pictures by R.W. Alley). New York : Dial Books for Young Readers. PRIM-FIC M1686pe
April Fools’ Day is not a happy one for Wagner the mouse because his best friend, Pearl the rabbit, and other children and adults at school keep tricking him.
Grant, Judyann. (2008). Chicken said, "Cluck!" (Pictures by Sue Truesdell). New York : HarperCollins. PRIM-FIC G7623ch
Earl and Pearl do not want Chicken's help in the garden, until a swarm of grasshoppers arrives and her true talent shines.
Seeger, Laura Vaccaro. (2008). One boy. New York : Roaring Brook Press. PRIM-FIC S4514on
A boy creates ten paintings in this counting book that also explores the relationship of words within words.
Davis, Eleanor. (2008). Stinky : a toon book. New York : Little Lit Library. PRIM-FIC D2614st
Stinky, a monster who lives in a swamp, gets upset when a boy named Nick starts hanging around his swamp, and so he tries to scare Nick away.
Campbell, Sarah C. (2008). Wolfsnail : a backyard predator. (Photographs by Sarah C. and Richard P. Campbell). Honesdale, Pa. : Boyds Mills Press. 594.38 C191w
Stunning photographs and a fact-filled story deliver a closeup look at a day in the life of a tiny, and unexpected, predator-the seriously slimy wolfsnail.
Seeger, Laura Vaccaro. (2007). First the egg. New Milford, Conn. : Roaring Brook Press. 571.8 S4514f
A picture book about transformations: from egg to chicken, from seed to flower, from word to story, and more.
Lunde, Darrin. (2007). Hello, bumblebee bat. (Illustrated by Patricia J. Wynne). Watertown, MA : Charlesbridge. 599.4 L962h
Simple text and illustrations introduce the endangered bumblebee bat of Thailand.
Wheeler, Lisa. (2007). Jazz baby. (Illustrations by R. Gregory Christie). Orlando : Harcourt. PRIM-FIC W5633ja
Baby and his family make some jazzy music.
Sayrs, April Pulley. (2007). Vulture view. (Illustrated by Steve Jenkins). New York : Henry Holt. 598.9 S275v
"Turkey vultures soar on the balmy air, looking for their next stinky feast. These birds don’t hunt--they like their food to be already dead. Vultures are part of nature’s cleanup crew"--Inside front dust jacket.
DiCamillo, Kate. (2006). Mercy Watson goes for a ride. (Illustrated by Chris Van Dusen). Cambridge, Mass. : Candlewick Press. PRIM-FIC D545me
Mr. Watson’s usual Saturday drive in his Cadillac with his favorite pig, Mercy, turns into an adventure when an unexpected passenger shows up in the back seat and Mercy finds herself behind the wheel.
Beaumont, Karen. (2006). Move over, Rover. (Illustrated by Jane Dyer). Orlando : Harcourt. PRIM-FIC B379mo
When a storm comes, Rover expects to have his doghouse all to himself but finds that various other animals, including a skunk, also want to stay warm and dry, so they come to join him.
Portis, Antoinette. (2006). Not a box. New York : HarperCollins. PRIM-FIC P852no
To an imaginative bunny, a box is not always just a box.
Bloom, Suzanne. (2005). A splendid friend, indeed. Boyd Mills Press. PRIM-FIC B6555sp
When a studious polar bear meets a chatty, inquisitive goose, they learn to be friends.
Leeuwen, Jean. (2005). Amanda Pig and the really hot day. (Illustrated by Ann Schweninger). New York : Dial Books for Young Readers. PRIM-FIC V259am
Amanda Pig and her family and friends try to find different ways to beat the heat.
Silverman, Erica. (2005). Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa. (Painted by Betsy Lewin). Orlando : Harcourt. PRIM-FIC S586co
Cowgirl Kate and her cowhorse Cocoa, who is always hungry, count cows, share a story, and help each other fall asleep.
Arnold, Tedd. (2005). Hi! Fly guy. New York : Scholastic. PRIM-FIC A759hi
When Buzz captures a fly to enter in The Amazing Pet Show, his parents and the judges tell him that a fly cannot be a pet, but Fly Guy proves them wrong.
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Revised and updated 9/25/14