January 11, 2016 | strande
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. Most of the books are located either in J READER or in J PICTURE BOOK.
For more information about this award and its recipients, check the ALA website.
2016 Award Recipients and Honor Books
"Mo is the youngest kid on the Robins football team. The kids on the rival team tease him for being a 'butterfingers' who's too tiny to catch the ball. But Mo's coach has a plan up his sleeve to turn Mo's little size into a big win for the Robins"--.
"When the city is hit by a colossal snowstorm, only one superhero can save the day. But who is this mysterious hero, and why does he disappear once his job is done?"--.
Past Award Recipients and Honor Books
Not being able to agree who is small and who is big, two fuzzy animals have their argument settled by a couple of mystery guests.
Mr. Putter and Mrs. Teaberry bring Tabby and Zeke to the library for a special storytime.
Piggie tells Gerald she has a surprise for him, but it is not there yet, so Gerald must be patient.
After swallowing a watermelon seed, a crocodile imagines a scary outcome.
While searching for someone to play ball with him, a dog dreams of fantastical adventures he could have with his ball.
Piggie is upset because a whale took the ball she found, but Gerald finds a solution that pleases all of them.
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.
Through illustrations and simple text, birds demonstrate the meanings of the words up, tall, and high.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Gerald the elephant tells his best friend Piggie a long, crazy story about how he broke his trunk.
When Bear loses his hat, he patiently asks the animals he comes across if they have seen it, and just as he is about to give up his search, a deer helps him remember exactly where he left his beloved hat.
These two girls are roller-skaters and marvelous companions who often do not agree -- on socks, or goldfish, or venturing to the Andes. This humorous story relates how compromise helps these two very different individuals remain the best of friends.
Ling and Ting are identical twins that people think are exactly the same, but time and again they prove to be different.
Piggie realizes that she and Gerald the elephant are in a book and that she can make the reader say words, but when Gerald comes to understand the danger of the book ending, Piggie comes up with a solution to get the reader to keep reading.
Two mice meet their new neighbor and discover that she is not as scary as they feared.
While playing hide-and-seek with Buzz, Fly Guy is taken away by a garbage man.
Little Mouse gets dressed so he can go to the barn with his mother, brothers, and sisters.
When spring arrives, Mole and Mouse find a unique way to bird watch.
April Fools' Day turns into a bad day for Wagner the mouse when his best friend, Pearl the rabbit, and other children and adults at school play tricks on him.
Earl and Pearl do not want Chicken's help in the garden, until a swarm of grasshoppers arrives and her true talent shines.
A boy creates ten paintings in this counting book that also explores the relationship of words within words.
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.
Opposite best friends Gerald, who is careful and worrisome, and Piggie, who is clumsy and carefree, run into a problem when two birds land on Gerald's head.
This is a book about transformations from egg to chicken, but is also a book about creativity.
Simple text and illustrations introduce the endangered bumblebee bat of Thailand.
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.
In three short stories, two fox sisters run away from home, bury a time capsule, and take advantage of some creative juice.
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.
When a storm comes, Rover expects to have his doghouse all to himself but finds that various other animals, including a skunk, come to join him.
When Henry and his dog Mudge go with Henry's parents to visit Great-Grandpa Bill in the home with lots of other grandpas, they lead them all on a wonderful adventure.
When a studious polar bear meets an inquisitive goose, they learn to be friends.
Cowgirl Kate and her cowhorse Cocoa, who is always hungry, count cows, share a story, and help each other fall asleep..