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. It is recognition for their literary and artistic achievements that demonstrate creativity and imagination to engage children in reading.
2015 Medal Winner
You Are (Not) Small,
by Anna Kang, illustrated by Christopher Weyant.
In “You Are (Not) Small,” a heated debate quickly ensues when two furry creatures can’t agree on who is big and who is small. As more creatures take sides, the situation escalates until new arrivals put everything into perspective with a BOOM! Everyone soon reaches an understanding that size is relative, and walk away realizing that they have more in common than they thought.
Bringing together expressive ink and watercolor illustrations and cleverly simple text, Kang and Weyant successfully craft a humorous tale. Declarative sentences work with dramatic illustrations to create a lively tension that builds to an unexpected and satisfying conclusion.
2015 Honor Books
Mr. Putter & Tabby Turn the Page, written by Cynthia Rylant, illustrated by Arthur Howard.
Mr. Putter and his cat Tabby are excited to participate in a library read-aloud program, but they are nervous when Mrs. Teaberry and her unpredictable dog Zeke want to join. Despite Zeke’s antics, their fears are unfounded when they discover that the event is a success for all involved.
Waiting Is Not Easy! written and illustrated by Mo Willems (See Review by Susan)
Piggie has a big surprise for Gerald, but does he have the patience to wait? As the day wears on, Piggie remains calm while Gerald experiences a roller coaster of emotions, anticipating his reward. As night falls, their patience pays off with a breathtaking conclusion. (See review by Susan)
The Watermelon Seed, written and illustrated by Greg Pizzoli
Ball, written and illustrated by Mary Sullivan
A Big Guy Took My Ball! written and illustrated by Mo Willems
Penny and Her Marble, written and illustrated by Kevin Henkes
Up, Tall and High!, written and illustrated by Ethan Long
Let’s Go for a Drive!, written and illustrated by Mo Willems
Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons by Eric Litwin, created and illustrated by James Dean Rabbit & Robot: The Sleepover, written and illustrated by Cece Bell
Tales for Very Picky Eaters, written and illustrated by Josh Schneider
I Broke My Trunk, written and illustrated by Mo Willems
I Want My Hat Back, written and illustrated by Jon Klassen
See Me Run, written and illustrated by Paul Meisel
Bink and Gollie, written by Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee, illustrated by Tony Fucile
Ling & Ting: Not Exactly the Same!, written and illustrated by Grace Lin
We Are in a Book!, written and illustrated by Mo Willems
Benny and Penny in the Big No-No! by Geoffrey Hayes
I Spy Fly Guy! by Tedd Arnold,
Little Mouse Gets Ready by Jeff Smith
Mouse and Mole: Fine Feathered Friends by Wong Herbert Yee
Pearl and Wagner: One Funny Day, written by Kate McMullan, illustrated by R.W. Alley
Are You Ready to Play Outside? by Mo Willems
Chicken Said, ‘Cluck!’ by Judyann Ackerman Grant, illustrated by Sue Truesdell
One Boy, written and illustrated by Laura Vaccaro Seeger (See Review)
Stinky, written and illustrated by Eleanor Davis
Wolfsnail: A Backyard Predator by Sarah C. Campbell, photographs by Sarah C. Campbell and Richard P. Campbell
There Is a Bird on Your Head by Mo Willems
First the Egg by Laura Vaccaro Seeger (see review)
Hello, Bumblebee Bat , written by Darrin Lunde, illustrated by Patricia J. Wynne
Jazz Baby , written by Lisa Wheeler, illustrated by R. Gregory Christie
Vulture View , written by April Pulley Sayre, illustrated by Steve Jenkins
Zelda and Ivy: The Runaways by Laura McGee Kvasnosky
Mercy Watson Goes for a Ride written by Kate DiCamillo and illustrated by Chris Van Dusen Move Over, Rover! by Karen Beaumont and illustrated by Jane Dyer
Not a Box by Antoinette Portis
Henry and Mudge and the Great Grandpas written by Cynthia Rylant and illustrated by Suçie Stevenson
Hi! Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold
A Splendid Friend, Indeed by Suzanne Bloom
Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa written by Erica Silverman and illustrated by Betsy Lewin
Amanda Pig and the Really Hot Day written by Jean Van Leeuwen and illustrated by Ann Schweninger