The titles below, chosen by booksellers, are "nominated for their universal appeal as “terrific” books to read aloud." And since it is booksellers doing the choosing you can be sure they live up to the hype! If you want to read why the committee picked a book, download the list here.
Otherwise, rest easy in picking these titles up for yourself or as gifts:
Picture Book Nominees
- "14 Cows for America" by Carmen Agra Deedy, illustrated by Thomas Gonzalez
- "Once Upon a Twice" by Denise Doyen, illustrated by Barry Moser
- "Princess Hyacinth (the Surprising Tale of a Girl Who Floated)" by Florence Heide Parry, illustrated by Lane Smith
- "The Curious Garden" by Peter Brown
Older Reader Nominees
- "Leaving the Bellweathers" by Kristin Clark Venuti
- "Tumtum and Nutmeg: Adventures Beyond Nutmouse Hall" by Emily Bearn, illustrated by Nick Price
- "The Brilliant Fall of Gianna Z." by Kate Messner
- "Where the Mountain Meets the Moon" by Grace Lin
The winners will be announced in late May and we'll be sure to share. If I had my druthers, it would be "The Curious Garden" and "Where the Mountain Meets the Moon"! And, HELLO?!?! Could the award BE any cooler? Look at that:
Past picture book winners include "A Visitor for Bear" by Bonny Becker, illustrated by Kady MacDonald Denton, and "When Dinosaurs Came With Everything" by Elise Broach, illustrated by David Small.
Past older reader winners include: "Masterpiece" by Elise Broach, illustrated by Kelly Murphy, and "The Mysterious Benedict Society" by Trenton Lee Stewart.