The 2017 Theodore Seuss Geisel Award

Geisel Award Medallion

Theodore Seuss Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss is best known for his rhyming repetitive stories that started the beginning or easy reader enterprise.  Each year the Geisel Award is given by the ALSC 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 previous year.  Check out this year’s winner and honor books.

We Are Growing: A Mo Willems' Elephant and Piggie Like Reading! Book by Laurie Keller

2017 Medal Winner

We Are Growing!: A Mo Willems’ Elephant & Piggie Like Reading! Book
By: Laurie Keller

Walt is not the tallest or the curliest or the pointiest or even the crunchiest. A confounded blade of grass searches for his ‘est’ in this hilarious story about growing up.  Ages 4-8


Good Night Owl by Greg Pizzoli

2017 Honor Books

Good Night Owl
By: Greg Pizzoli

As owl is going to sleep, he is repeatedly interrupted by a “squeek”. Determined to find its source, Owl tears apart his house from cupboard to floorboard to roof.  Ages 3-6

Oops, Pounce, Quick, Run! An Alphabet Caper by Mike Twohy Oops, Pounce, Quick, Run!: An Alphabet Caper
By: Mike TwohyWhen a bouncing ball wakes a sleeping mouse, it’s just the beginning of an alphabet adventure.  Ages 4-8
Go Otto Go! by David Milgrim Go Otto Go!
By: David Milgrim

Using just twenty different words, readers encounter an engaging robot adventure with surprising emotional complexity. Milgrim masterfully expands this extremely simple text through humorous, energetic illustrations.  Ages 3-5
The Infamous Ratsos by Kara LaReau The Infamous Ratsos
By: Kara LaReauTwo city dwelling rat brothers set out to prove just how tough they are. Yet their every attempt to cause havoc has unintended – and positive – outcomes. More experienced beginning readers will find delightful misadventures told with accessible text, varied sentence structure, and black and white highly humorous illustrations.  Ages 5-8


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