Geisel Award

most distinguished book for beginning readers

The Theodor Seuss 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. The award was established in 2004 and first presented in 2006.

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Author: Corey R. Tabor
2019 Geisel Award - Winner

Tigers are the best, or so thinks Fox. With a big imagination (and a little bit of paint), he transforms into a growling, prowling tiger. Soon his friends Turtle and Rabbit are likewise inspired to embody their dreams as a zipping, zooming race car and a beeping, booping robot. Despite their rained-out celebration, Fox learns to appreciate that he, in his own special way, is also the best.  

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Author: Sergio Ruzzier
2019 Geisel Award - Honor

Fox and Chick don't always agree. But Fox and Chick are always friends. With sly humor and companionable warmth, Sergio Ruzzier deftly captures the adventures of these two seemingly opposite friends. The luminous watercolor images showcased in comic-book panel form will entice emerging readers, while the spare text and airiness of the images make this early chapter book accessible to a picture book audience as well.

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Author: Dori Hillestad Butler
2019 Geisel Award - Honor

In five short chapters, Kayla and her clever dog King solve the case of a missing tooth. Narrated by the canine sleuth, this simple mystery features creative repetition, predictable action and supportive illustrations that reward children with a successful and satisfying reading experience.

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Author: David Milgrim
2019 Geisel Award - Honor

Pip wants to fly! With ingenuity and robot know-how, Otto figures out a way to help his rodent friend achieve his airborne dream. In “See Pip Flap”, minimal vocabulary, inventive illustrations, and a funny premise support beginning readers’ explorations. 

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Author: Emily Tetri
2019 Geisel Award - Honor

In a bold graphic novel, Tiger must summon her courage to face her fears. She battles her scariest nightmare, and thanks to her friend Monster, she doesn’t have to do it alone. A sometimes frightening, definitely charming, and always beautiful tale of beasts and bravery. 

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Author: Laurel Snyder
2018 Geisel Award - Winner

Charlie and Mouse, two young brothers, enjoy a day out together, attending an imaginary party and collecting rocks.

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Author: Paul Meisel
2018 Geisel Award - Honor
A dog enjoys barking at a cat, a bee, and especially squirrels in this easy-to-read book.

 

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Author: Dori Hillestad Butler
2018 Geisel Award - Honor

In this mystery, Kayla’s dog King is accused of eating treats that she baked for her friend’s puppy. In five chapters King displays his sleuthing talents to track down the culprit and vindicate himself Full-color illustrations combine with declarative sentences to assist readers in decoding complex vocabulary for a successful reading experience.

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Author: Salina Yoon
2018 Geisel Award - Honor

In this sequel to “Duck, Duck, Porcupine,” the hilarious trio continue their antics with LittleDuck saving the day every time. The graphic novel format with its speech bubbles and bold illustrations supports newly independent readers, with each story functioning as a standalone.

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Author: Tedd Arnold
2018 Geisel Award - Honor
Inspired by folktales about fools from around the world, brothers Mac and Mac Noodlehead exasperate Uncle Ziti, are fooled by their friend Meatball, and make a garden for their mother.
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Author: Tina Kugler
2018 Geisel Award - Honor

Snail and Worm’s gentle friendship and support of one another in these humorous and charming stories will delight readers. The seamless introduction of consonant blends and vowel diagraphsexpands new readers’ abilities.

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Author: Mo Willems
2017 Geisel Award - Winner

Walt is not the tallest or the curliest or the pointiest or even the crunchiest. A confounded blade of grass searches for his 'est' in this hilarious story about growing up.

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Author: David Milgrim
2017 Geisel Award - Honor

Otto the robot builds a spaceship to take him home.

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Author: Greg Pizzoli
2017 Geisel Award - Honor

Owl takes drastic measures to have a good night's sleep.

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Author: Mike Twohy
2017 Geisel Award - Honor

A little mouse is asleep until a ball suddenly bounces into his home, setting off an epic chase - from A to Z.