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: Cheryl Minnema
2020 Charlotte Zolotow Award - Winner

Johnny spies a pheasant which he believes is sleeping and his Grandma fears is dead, but they learn they were both wrong when the pheasant departs, leaving behind a gift.

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Author: Jean Reidy
2020 Charlotte Zolotow Award - Selection

He may be slow but Truman the turtle is determined to find his girl Sarah, who has boarded a city bus on her way to preschool.

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Author: Kao Kalia Yang
2020 Charlotte Zolotow Award - Honor

Paj Ntaub, a young Hmong American girl, spends a busy year with her family in their new home, and seeks a way to share the beauty of the world with a grieving neighbor.

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Author: Kevin Noble
2020 Charlotte Zolotow Award - Honor

Using illustrations that show the diversity in Native America and spare poetic text that emphasizes fry bread in terms of provenance, this volume tells the story of a post-colonial food that is a shared tradition for Native American families all across the North American continent. Includes a recipe and an extensive author note that delves into the social ways, foodways, and politics of America's 573 recognized tribes.

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Author: Matthew Forsythe
2020 Charlotte Zolotow Award - Honor

When Pokko plays her drum in the forest she suddenly finds herself surrounded by an entire band of animal musicians.

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Author: Oge Mora
2020 Charlotte Zolotow Award - Honor

When all of their special Saturday plans go awry, Ava and her mother still find a way to appreciate one another and their time together.

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Author: Marla Frazee
2019 Charlotte Zolotow Award - Winner

Little Brown is one cranky canine because no one ever plays with him at the animal shelter. Or maybe no one ever plays with him because he is cranky. Either way, Little Brown decides today is the day to take action, so he takes all of the toys and sticks and blankets from all of the dogs at the shelter and won't give them back. But what will happen now?

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Author: David Ezra Stein
2019 Charlotte Zolotow Award - Honor

Bear is ravenous when he wakes up from his winter sleep and has one thing on his mind: honey Alas, it is too soon for honey, so Bear tries hard to be patient. The world around him is waking up, too, and he soon remembers all the other things he loves, like warm grass, berries, and rain. He's almost content, until, one day, he hears a welcome buzzing sound . . . and finally it is time for Bear to delight in the thing he relishes above all others--and it is as warm, golden, sweet, and good as he remembered.

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Author: Hyewon Yum
2019 Charlotte Zolotow Award - Honor

Swimming lessons are on Saturdays, and every Saturday one little girl has a stomachache. When she gets to the pool it's loud, the floor is wet and slippery, and her swim cap is too tight. Her swimming instructor, Mary, says it's OK to sit by the edge if she doesn't want to get in the water this week. The next Saturday the girl has a stomachache again, but with Mary's gentle encouragement, she eventually manages to make it into the pool to practice her kicks. Little by little, the girl's confidence grows -- until one Saturday comes around when she has no stomachache at all In a charming and relatable story about trying something new, author-illustrator Hyewon Yum shows that sometimes a little bravery and a lot of patience are all you need to face your fear.

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Author: Bao Phi
2018 Charlotte Zolotow Award - Winner

As a young boy, Bao Phi awoke early, hours before his father's long workday began, to fish on the shores of a small pond in Minneapolis. Unlike many other anglers, Bao and his father fished for food, not recreation. Between hope-filled casts, Bao's father told him about a different pond in their homeland of Vietnam

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Author: Atinuke
2018 Charlotte Zolotow Award - Honor

Join Baby and his doting mama at a bustling southwest Nigerian marketplace for a bright, bouncy read-aloud offering a gentle introduction to numbers.

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Author: Amy Hest
2018 Charlotte Zolotow Award - Honor

What could be more endearing than the bond between a baby and a puppy? A sweet and spirited tale from two picture-book masters.

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Author: Cyntia Rylant
2018 Charlotte Zolotow Award - Honor

Herbert and his father prepare for his first Halloween by making a tiger costume and practicing a big roar

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Author: Gaia Cornwall
2018 Charlotte Zolotow Award - Honor

Jabari is definitely ready to jump off the diving board. He's finished his swimming lessons and passed his swim test, and he's a great jumper, so he's not scared at all. "Looks easy," says Jabari, watching the other kids take their turns. But when his dad squeezes his hand, Jabarisqueezes back. He needs to figure out what kind of special jump to do anyway, and he should probably do some stretches before climbing up onto the diving board. In a sweetly appealing tale of overcoming your fears, newcomer Gaia Cornwall captures a moment between a patient and encouraging father and a determined little boy you can't help but root for

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Author: Bob Raczka
2018 Charlotte Zolotow Award - Honor

No one understands the abstract pictures that Niko draws until a new friend sees the thought and feeling within his shapes and forms