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: 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

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Author: Carole Boston Weatherford
2017 Charlotte Zolotow Award - Winner

As slaves relentlessly toiled in an unjust system in 19th century Louisiana, they all counted down the days until Sunday, when at least for half a day they were briefly able to congregate in Congo Square in New Orleans. Here they were free to set up an open market, sing, dance, and play music. They were free to forget their cares, their struggles, and their oppression. This story chronicles slaves' duties each day, from chopping logs on Mondays to baking bread on Wednesdays to plucking hens on Saturday, and builds to the freedom of Sundays and the special experience of an afternoon spent in Congo Square.

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Author: Peter Jarvis
2017 Charlotte Zolotow Award - Honor

Meet Alan, an alligator with a secret. Famed for his big, scary teeth, he sneaks into the jungle every day to scare the jungle animals ..."I'm big, scary Alan! Fear my razor-sharp teeth!" But after a long day of scaring, Alan likes nothing better than to run a warm mud bath and take out his false teeth, which nobody knows about! That is, until his teeth go missing. What will Alan do now? Scaring is the only thing he knows how to do! Can he still be scary without them? A goofy comedy of self-discovery, witty, warm-hearted storytelling and bright graphic art will make this (and Alan!) a firm children's book favourite.

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Author: Candace Fleming
2017 Charlotte Zolotow Award - Honor

In this beautiful and clever nonfiction picture book about the giant squid, Candace Fleming and Eric Rohmann explore, both visually and poetically, this hidden creature's mysterious life.

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Author: Sherman Alexie
2017 Charlotte Zolotow Award - Honor

Thunder Boy Jr. wants a normal name...one that's all his own. Dad is known as Big Thunder, but Little Thunder doesn't want to share a name.

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Author: Margarita Engle
2016 Charlotte Zolotow Award - Winner

Follows a girl in the 1920s as she strives to become a drummer, despite being continually reminded that only boys play the drums, and that there has never been a female drummer in Cuba. Includes note about Millo Castro Zaldarriaga, who inspired the story, and Anacaona, the all-girl dance band she formed with her sisters.

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Author: Lindsay Mattick
2016 Charlotte Zolotow Award - Honor

A woman tells her young son the true story of how his great-great-grandfather, Captain Harry Colebourn, rescued and learned to love a bear cub in 1914 as he was on his way to take care ofsoldiers' horses during World War I, and the bear became the inspiration for A.A. Milne's Winnie-the-Pooh.

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Author: Sean Taylor
2016 Charlotte Zolotow Award - Honor

Hoot owl flies through the night and assumes numerous disguises in order to catch a meal.

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Author: Matt de la Peña
2016 Charlotte Zolotow Award - Honor

A young boy rides the bus across town with his grandmother and learns to appreciate the beauty in everyday things

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Author: Lauren Child
2016 Charlotte Zolotow Award - Honor

Elmore Green likes being an only child, so when his parents bring a new small person, his baby brother, into the house he is not pleased and does his best to keep the new small person out of his life.