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Theodor Seuss Geisel Award Winners and Honor Books

Today the American Library Association announces its Youth Book & Media Awards, including the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award. Many of us know and love Dr. Seuss, an author who created engaging stories for beginning readers, and this award celebrates books that continue that tradition today. If you need a fun suggestion for a beginning reader, this list has some great ideas. For more information about this award and its recipients, check the ALA website.

2014 Award Recipients and Honor Books:


The watermelon seed by Greg Pizzoli

Ball by word and pictures by Mary Sullivan

Penny and her marble by Kevin Henkes







Past Award Recipients and Honor Books:



Up, tall and high! by Ethan Long


Let's go for a drive! by Mo Willems

Pete the cat and his four groovy buttons by created & illustrated by James Dean ; story by Eric Litwin

Tales for very picky eaters by Josh Schneider

I broke my trunk! by Mo Willems

I want my hat back by Jon Klassen

See me run by Paul Meisel

Bink & Gollie by Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee ; illustrated by Tony Fucile

We are in a book! by [by Mo Willems]

I spy Fly Guy! by Tedd Arnold

Pearl and Wagner: one funny day by Kate McMullan ; pictures by R.W. Alley

Chicken said, "Cluck!" by Judyann Ackerman Grant ; pictures by Sue Truesdell

One boy by Laura Vaccaro Seeger

Stinky: a toon book by Eleanor Davis

Wolfsnail: a backyard predator by Sarah C. Campbell ; photographs by Sarah C. Campbell and Richard P. Campbell

First the egg by Laura Vaccaro Seeger

   Hello, Bumblebee Bat by Darrin Lunde




Jazz baby by Lisa Wheeler ; illustrations by R. Gregory Christie

Vulture view by April Pulley Sayre ; illustrated by Steve Jenkins

Zelda and Ivy, the runaways by Laura McGee Kvasnosky

Mercy Watson goes for a ride by Kate DiCamillo ; illustrated by Chris van Dusen

Move over, Rover by Karen Beaumont ; [illustrated by] Jane Dyer

Not a box by Antoinette Portis

Henry and Mudge and the great grandpas by story by Cynthia Rylant ; pictures by Sucie Stevenson

Hi! Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold

A splendid friend, indeed by Suzanne Bloom

Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa by written by Erica Silverman ; painted by Betsy Lewin

Amanda Pig and the really hot day by Jean Van Leeuwen ; pictures by Ann Schweninger