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Awards for Beginning Reader 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. 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

Don't throw it to Mo! by David A Adler

"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"--.

Supertruck by Stephen Savage

"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?"--.

Waiting by Kevin Henkes

An owl, puppy, bear, bunny, and pig wait for marvelous things to happen.

A Pig, a Fox, and a Box by Jonathan Fenske

Past Award Recipients and Honor Books

You are (not) small by Anna Kang

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.

Waiting is not easy! by Mo Willems

Piggie tells Gerald she has a surprise for him, but it is not there yet, so Gerald must be patient.

The watermelon seed by Greg Pizzoli

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

Ball by Mary Sullivan

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 and her marble by Kevin Henkes

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.

Up, tall and high! by Ethan Long

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

Let's go for a drive! by Mo Willems

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.

Tales for very picky eaters by Josh Schneider

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.

I broke my trunk! by Mo Willems

Gerald the elephant tells his best friend Piggie a long, crazy story about how he broke his trunk.

I want my hat back by Jon Klassen

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.

See me run by Paul Meisel

A dog has a fun-filled day at the dog park, in this easy-to-read story.

Bink & Gollie by Kate DiCamillo

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.

We are in a book! by Mo Willems

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.

I spy Fly Guy! by Tedd Arnold

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.

Chicken said, "Cluck!" by Judyann Grant

Earl and Pearl do not want Chicken's help in the garden, until a swarm of grasshoppers arrives and her true talent shines.

One boy by Laura Vaccaro Seeger

A boy creates ten paintings in this counting book that also explores the relationship of words within words.

Stinky : a toon book by Eleanor Davis
Wolfsnail : a backyard predator by Sarah C. Campbell

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.

First the egg by Laura Vaccaro Seeger

This is a book about transformations from egg to chicken, but is also a book about creativity.

Hello, bumblebee bat by Darrin P Lunde

Simple text and illustrations introduce the endangered bumblebee bat of Thailand.

Jazz baby by Lisa Wheeler

Baby and his family make some jazzy music.

Vulture view by April Pulley Sayre

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.

Move over, Rover by Karen Beaumont

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.

Not a box by Antoinette Portis

To an imaginative little bunny, a box is not always just a box.

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.

Hi! Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold
A splendid friend, indeed by Suzanne Bloom

When a studious polar bear meets an inquisitive goose, they learn to be friends.

Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa by Erica Silverman

Cowgirl Kate and her cowhorse Cocoa, who is always hungry, count cows, share a story, and help each other fall asleep..

Amanda Pig and her family and friends try to find different ways to beat the heat.