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: Kara LaReau
2017 Geisel Award - Honor

Rat brothers Louie and Ralphie Ratso try to prove they can be as rough and tough as their father in the Big City, but every time they try to show how tough they are, they end up accidentally doing good deeds instead.

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Author: David Adler
2016 Geisel Award - Winner

Mo Jackson is a little boy with a big passion for sports. He may not be the biggest, the strongest, or the fastest player, but he won't let that stop him from playing

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Author: Jonathan Fenske
2016 Geisel Award - Honor

After finding a box just the right size to hide in, a little fox tries to play some tricks on his big friend, Pig, but things do not work out exactly as he planned

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Author: Stephen Savage
2016 Geisel Award - Honor

When the city is hit by a colossal snowstorm, only one superhero can save the day. But who is this mysterious hero, and why does he disappear once his job is done?

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Author: Kevin Henkes
2016 Geisel Award - Honor

An owl, puppy, bear, bunny, and pig wait for marvelous things to happen.

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Author: Anna Kang
2015 Geisel Award - Winner

Two fuzzy creatures can't agree on who is small and who is big, until a couple of surprise guests show up, settling it once and for all!

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Author: cynthia Rylant
2015 Geisel Award - Honor

Mr. Putter and Mrs. Teaberry bring Tabby and Zeke to the library for a special storytime.

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Author: Mo Willems
2015 Geisel Award - Honor

Piggie tells Gerald she has a surprise for him, but it is not there yet, so Gerald must be patient.

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Author: Greg Pizzoli
2014 Geisel Award - Winner

With perfect comic pacing, Pizzoli introduces a funny crocodile who has one big fear: swallowing a watermelon seed. What will he do when his greatest fear is realized? With bold color and beautiful sense of design, Pizzoli's picture book debut takes this familiar childhood worry and gives presents a true gem

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Author: Mo Willems
2014 Geisel Award - Honor

Piggie is happy when she finds a ball, but is soon devastated when a BIG guy takes it from her. What will she and Gerald do?! Elephant & Piggie fans can find out in the pair's 19th adventure!

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Author: Mary Sullivan
2014 Geisel Award - Honor

In this close-to-wordless picture book, young readers will see a dog's day-to-day struggle with trying to find a partner to just throw the ball.

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Author: Kevin Henkes
2014 Geisel Award - Honor

Penny feels guilty after taking a beautiful blue marble that she sees in Mrs. Goodwin's grass, but gets a pleasant surprise when she goes to return it the next day.

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Author: Ethan Long
2013 Geisel Award - Winner

Through illustrations and simple text, birds demonstrate the meanings of the words up, tall, and high.

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Author: Mo Willems
2013 Geisel Award - Honor
Elephant Gerald and Piggie want to go for a drive, but as Gerald thinks of one thing after another that they will have to take along, they come to realize that they lack the most important thing of all.
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Author: Eric Litwin
2013 Geisel Award - Honor

Pete the cat loves the buttons on his shirt so much that he makes up a song about them, and even as the buttons pop off, one by one, he still finds a reason to sing.