Award of the Week: Goldfinch Award


The purposes of the Goldfinch Award is for readers in grades K-3 to be encouraged to read more and better books, to discriminate in choosing worthwhile books, to provide an avenue for positive dialogue between teacher, parent, and children about books and authors, and to give recognition to those who write books for children. Books chosen for the master list are those written within the last five years and titles can be fiction or nonfiction. The award is sponsored by The Iowa Association of School Librarians, but the nominations and winner are chosen by the children.

2019 Winners
9780316238014 Dog vs. Cat
By: Chris Gall

A dog and a cat, both newly adopted and forced to share a room, do not get along; that is until a howling, smelly, terrifying newcomer unites them in a common cause.
2018 Winner
9780803736801 Dragons Love Tacos
By: Adam Rubin
Illustrated by: Daniel Salmieri

The story explores the love dragons have for tacos and the dangers of feeding them anything with spicy salsa.
2017 Winner
9780803741713 The Book With No Pictures
By: B.J. Novak

In this book with no pictures, the reader has to say every silly word, no matter what, because that’s what readers do- they read the words.
2016 Winner
9780399255373 The Day the Crayons Quit
By: Drew Daywalt
Illustrated by: Oliver Jeffers

When Duncan arrives at school one morning, he finds a stack of letters, one from each of his crayons, complaining about how he uses them.
2015 Winner
9781442453098 Creepy Carrots!
By: Aaron Reynolds
Illustrated by: Peter Brown

The carrots that grow in Crackenhopper Field are the fattest and crispiest around, and Jasper Rabbit cannot resist pulling some to eat each time he passes by until he begins hearing and seeing creepy carrots wherever he goes.


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