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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WinnerThe Watermelon Seed by Greg Pizzoli Illustrated by Greg Pizzoli
After swallowing a watermelon seed, a crocodile imagines a scary outcome.
WinnerUp, 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.
WinnerTales 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.
WinnerBink 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.
WinnerBenny 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.
WinnerAre 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.
WinnerThere 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.
WinnerZelda 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.
WinnerHenry 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.