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Geisel Award

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The Geisel Award is given annually 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 preceding year.

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2014

Winner

The Watermelon Seed
The Watermelon Seed by Greg Pizzoli Illustrated by Greg Pizzoli

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

Honor Books

2013

Winner

Up, Tall and High!
Up, Tall and High! by Ethan Long Illustrated by Ethan Long

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

2012

Winner

Tales for Very Picky Eaters
Tales for Very Picky Eaters by Josh Schneider Illustrated 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.

Honor Books

2011

Winner

Bink and Gollie
Bink and Gollie by Kate DiCamillo Illustrated by Tony Fucile

Two roller-skating best friends--one tiny, one tall--share three comical adventures involving outrageously bright socks, an impromptu trek to the Andes, and a most unlikely marvelous companion.

2010

Winner

Benny and Penny in the Big No-No!
Benny and Penny in the Big No-No! by Geoffrey Hayes Illustrated by Geoffrey Hayes

Two mice meet their new neighbor and discover that she is not as scary as they feared.

2009

Winner

Are You Ready to Play Outside?
Are You Ready to Play Outside? by Mo Willems Illustrated by Mo Willems

Friends Elephant and Piggie are playing outside when it starts to rain, and then they must decide what to do.

2008

Winner

There Is a Bird on Your Head
There Is a Bird on Your Head by Mo Willems Illustrated by Mo Willems

Gerald the elephant discovers that there is something worse than a bird on your head-- two birds on your head! Piggie will try to help her best friend.

2007

Winner

Zelda and Ivy : The Runaways
Zelda and Ivy : The Runaways by Laura McGee Kvasnosky Illustrated by Laura McGee Kvasnosky

In three short stories, two fox sisters run away from home, bury a time capsule, and take advantage of some creative juice.

2006

Winner

Henry and Mudge and the Great Grandpas
Henry and Mudge and the Great Grandpas by Cynthia Rylant Illustrated by Sucie Stevenson

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.

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