Charlotte Zolotow Award

outstanding writing in a picture book published in the United States

The Charlotte Zolotow Award is given annually for outstanding writing in a picture book published in the United States in the preceding year. Up to five honor books and up to ten highly commended titles may also be named each year. Established in 1998 by the Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC), the award is named to honor the work of Charlotte Zolotow, a distinguished children's book editor and author of more than 70 picture books.

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Author: Jenny Offill
2015 Charlotte Zolotow Award - Winner

A child takes a sloth named Sparky as a pet.

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Author: Tonya Bolden
2015 Charlotte Zolotow Award - Honor

A young boy wakes. He has forgotten to say his prayers. Outside his window, a beautiful harvest moon illuminates the city around him and its many inhabitants. As the moon slowly makes its way across the heavens, the boy offers a simple prayer for the homeless, the hungry, and others.

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Author: Barney Saltzberg
2015 Charlotte Zolotow Award - Honor

High in the trees in the middle of the night, all of the pandas are sleeping except for Chengdu, who tries everything and still cannot fall asleep until he finds the perfect spot--atop his brother, Yuan.

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Author: Katherine Applegate
2015 Charlotte Zolotow Award - Honor

n this evocative picture book, illustrated by award-winning artist Karas, Applegate tells the true story of the gorilla who inspired her Newbery Medal-winning novel The One and Only Ivan. Includes photos and back matter.

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Author: Elizabeth Bluemie
2015 Charlotte Zolotow Award - Honor

When a thunderstorm hits a city street, children and grown-ups dash to the subway for shelter and an impromptu friendly gathering.

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Author: Pat Mora
2015 Charlotte Zolotow Award - Honor

Here is a poetic ode to the beauty of the natural world as expressed by the movement and moods of water on Earth.

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Author: Lemony Snicket
2014 Charlotte Zolotow Award - Winner

Laszlo is afraid of the dark which lives in the same big, creaky house as him, until one night the dark pays him a visit.

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Author: Jonathan Bean
2014 Charlotte Zolotow Award - Honor

A young girl narrates her family's move from the city to the country, where they have bought a piece of land and live in a trailer while they build a house from the ground up, with help from relatives and friends.

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Author: Pat Zietlow Miller
2014 Charlotte Zolotow Award - Honor

A young girl befriends a squash.

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Author: Jacqeline Woodson
2014 Charlotte Zolotow Award - Honor

A rope passed down through the generations frames an African American family's story as they journey north during the time of the Great Migration.

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Author: Suzanne Collins
2014 Charlotte Zolotow Award - Honor

Suzy spends her year in first grade waiting for her father, who is serving in Vietnam, and when the postcards stop coming she worries that he will never make it home.

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Author: Jacqueline Woodson
2013 Charlotte Zolotow Award - Winner

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. Ages 5-9

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Author: Rachel Vail
2013 Charlotte Zolotow Award - Honor

When Katie's best friend Jennifer plays with Roy at recess instead of with her, Katie is surprised and angry. Ages 4-8

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Author: William Low
2013 Charlotte Zolotow Award - Honor

Little John is proud of his mother's work as a stonecutter for a cathedral called Big John, but struggles to understand the importance of spending so much time on one stone that no one will know Momma cut. Includes a history of New York City's Cathedral of St. John the Divine. Ages 5-8

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Author: Mary Loque
2013 Charlotte Zolotow Award - Honor

At bedtime a young girl asks Does everything in the world go to sleep? Ages 2-5