Award of the Week: Bill Martin, Jr. Picture Book Award
The Bill Martin, Jr. Picture Book Award was established in 1996 by the Kansas Reading Association. The purpose of the award is to promote an appreciation of quality literature in young children across Kansas. The award is named for Kansas native Bill Martin Jr, an internationally renowned children’s book author. The award honors the outstanding authors and illustrators who produce outstanding literature for this audience. The titles are suggested by teachers, parents, communities, and librarians, and a committee of KRA members choose nominations from the list of suggested titles.
|After the Fall (How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again)
Written and illustrated by: Dan Santat
After falling off the wall, Humpty Dumpty is very afraid of climbing up again but is determined not to let fear stop him from being close to the birds.
|My Friend Maggie
Written and illustrated by: Hannah E. Harrison
Paula, a beaver, and Maggie, an elephant, are best friends until Paula starts playing with some new friends instead. But, when her new playmates turn on her, it’s Maggie who rushes to Paula’s defense.
By: Aaron Reynolds
Illustrated by: Matt Davies
A picture book about a nerdy birdy who just wants to hang out with the cool birds.
|Dozer’s Run: a true story of a dog and his race
By: Debbie Levy with Rosana Panza
Illustrated by: David Opie
When Dozer the Goldendoodle broke out of his big fenced-in yard to join the 2,000 human runners in the Maryland Half Marathon, he was chasing adventure and fun, and he found them both. With his big tail waving like a flag and his friendly dog-smile, Dozer ran his way into the hearts of the human runners he encountered along the route, all of whom were running to benefit the University of Maryland Greenebaum Cancer Center. But he also left his family frantic with worry, and, as night fell, Dozer’s adventure took a turn for the worse. This is the true story of a plucky and playful dog whose bigheartedness will entertain, inspire, and offer children a fresh way to think about how they–like Dozer!–can help others.
|The Day the Crayons Quit
Written and Illustrated by: Drew Daywalt
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.
By: Jaqueline Woodson
Illustrated by: E. B. Lewis
When Ms. Albert teaches a lesson on kindness, Chloe realizes that she and her friends have been wrong in making fun of new student Maya’s shabby clothes and refusing to play with her.
|The Day Dirk Yeller Came to Town
By: Mary Casanova
Illustrated by: Ard Hoyt
The day Dirk Yeller came to town, the wind curled its lip, cattle quit lowin’, and tumbleweeds stopped tumblin’ along. Townsfolk whispered. “He starts stampedes!” “He holds up trains!” “He’s trouble!” When Dirk Yeller scours the town for something to stop his itchin’ and twitchin’ and jumpin’ and rattlin’, no one seems able to help. But Sam, who’s been following Dirk all day and who can sometimes be a little fidgety too, knows the perfect solution.