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Children's Literature Guide: Theodor Seuss Geisel Award Winners

Guide for children's literature awards winners

About the Award

The Theodor Seuss Geisel Award, established in 2004, is given annually (beginning in 2006) to the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished contribution to the body of American children’s literature known as beginning reader books published in the United States during the preceding year.

A listing of the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award Winners housed in the Curriculum Materials/Media Center is below. These books are organized according to the Library of Congress system of classification.

Award Winners

Award Date Title/ Author and Illustrator Call Number



The watermelon seed / Pizzoli, Greg.

After swallowing a watermelon seed, a crocodile imagines a scary outcome.

PZ7 .P6898 WAT 2013


Ball / Sullivan, Mary, 1958-

While searching for someone to play ball with him, a dog dreams of fantastical adventures he could have with his ball.

PZ7 .S95314 BAL 2013

A big guy took my ball! / Willems, Mo.

Piggie is upset because a whale took the ball she found, but Gerald finds a solution that pleases all of them.

PZ7 .W65535 BIG 2013

Penny and her marble / Henkes, Kevin.

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.

PZ7 .H389 PEI 2013



Up, Tall and High! written and illustrated by Ethan Long

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

PZ7 .L8453 UP 2012



Tales for very picky eaters / Schneider, Josh, 1980-

A father tells outlandish stories while trying to get his young son, who is a very picky eater, to eat foods he thinks he will not like.

PZ7 .S36335 TAL 2011


I broke my trunk! / Willems, Mo.

Gerald the elephant tells his best friend Piggie a long, crazy story about how he broke his trunk.

PZ7 .W65535 IAH 2011

I want my hat back / Klassen, J.

A bear almost gives up his search for his missing hat until he remembers something important.

PZ7 .K6781446 IAP 2011

See me run / Meisel, Paul.

A dog has a fun-filled day at the dog park, in this easy-to-read story.

PZ7 .M5158752 SE 2011



Bink & Gollie / Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee, illustrated by Tony Fucile.

Two roller-skating best friends--one tiny, one tall--share three comical adventures involving outrageously bright socks, an impromptu trek to the Andes, and a most unlikely marvelous companion.

PZ7 .D5455 BI 2010


Ling & Ting : not exactly the same! / written and illustrated by Grace Lin.

Ling and Ting are identical twins that people think are exactly the same, but time and again they prove to be different.

PZ7 .L644 LIN 2010

We Are in a Book! / written and illustrated by Mo Willems.

Gerald and Piggie discover the joy of being read. But what will happen when the book ends?

PZ7 .W65535 WE 2010



Benny and Penny in The big no-no! : a Toon Book / written and illustrated by Geoffrey Hayes.

Two mice meet their new neighbor and discover that she is not as scary as they feared.

PZ7.7 .H39 BE 2009


I spy Fly Guy! / written and illustrated by Tedd Arnold.

While playing hide-and-seek with Buzz, Fly Guy is taken away by a garbage man.

PZ7 .A7379 IAS 2009

Little Mouse gets ready : a Toon Book / written and illustrated by Jeff Smith.

Little Mouse gets dressed to go to the barn with his mother, brothers, and sisters.

PZ7.7 .S64 LI 2009

Mouse and Mole, fine feathered friends / written and illustrated by Wong Herbert Yee.

When spring arrives, Mole and Mouse find a unique way to bird watch.

PZ7 .Y3655 MO 2009

Pearl and Wagner : one funny day / written by Kate McMullan, illustrated by R.W. Alley.

April Fools' Day is not a happy one for Wagner the mouse because his best friend, Pearl the rabbit, and other children and adults at school keep tricking him.

PZ7 .M47879 PDC 2009

Are you ready to play outside? / written by Mo Willems.

Friends Elephant and Piggie are playing outside when it starts to rain, and then they must decide what to do.

PZ7 .W65535 AR 2008



Chicken said, "Cluck!" / written by Judyann Ackerman Grant, illustrated by Sue Truesdell.

Earl and Pearl do not want Chicken's help in the garden, until a swarm of grasshoppers arrives and her true talent shines.

PZ7 .G766775 CH 2008

One boy / written and illustrated by Laura Vaccaro Seeger.

A boy creates ten paintings in this counting book that also explores the relationship of words within words.

PZ7 .S4514 ON 2008

Stinky : a toon book / written and illustrated by Eleanor Davis.

Stinky, a monster who lives in a swamp, gets upset when a boy named Nick starts hanging around his swamp, and so he tries to scare Nick away.

PZ7.7 .D38 ST 2008

Wolfsnail : a backyard predator / written by Sarah C. Campbell, photographs by Sarah C. Campbell and Richard P. Campbell.

Stunning photographs and a fact-filled story deliver a closeup look at a day in the life of a tiny, and unexpected, predator-the seriously slimy wolfsnail.

QL430.5 .S65 C36 2008

There is a bird on your head! / written by Mo Willems.

Gerald the elephant discovers that there is something worse than a bird on your head-- two birds on your head! Piggie will try to help her best friend.

PZ7 .W65535 TH 2007



First the egg / written by Laura Vaccaro Seeger.

A picture book about transformations.

QH491 .S43 2007

Hello, bumblebee bat / written by Darrin Lunde, illustrated by Patricia J. Wynne.

Simple text and illustrations introduce the endangered bumblebee bat of Thailand.

QL737 .C513 L86 2007

Jazz baby / written by Lisa Wheeler, illustrated by R. Gregory Christie.

Baby and his family make some jazzy music.

PZ8.3 .W5668 JAZ 2004

Vulture view / written by April Pulley Sayre, illustrated by Steve Jenkins.

"Turkey vultures soar on the balmy air, looking for their next stinky feast. These birds don't hunt--they like their food to be already dead. Vultures are part of nature's cleanup crew"--Inside front dust jacket.

QL696 .C53 S29 2007



Zelda and Ivy, the runaways / written by Laura McGee Kvasnosky.

In three short stories, two fox sisters run away from home, bury a time capsule, and take advantage of some creative juice.

PZ7 .K975 ZEN 2006


Mercy Watson goes for a ride / written by Kate DiCamillo and illustrated by Chris Van Dusen.

Mr. Watson's usual Saturday drive in his Cadillac with his favorite pig, Mercy, turns into an adventure when an unexpected passenger shows up in the back seat and Mercy finds herself behind the wheel.

PZ7 .D5455 ME 2006

Move over, Rover / written by Karen Beaumont and illustrated by Jane Dyer.

When a storm comes, Rover expects to have his doghouse all to himself but finds that various other animals, including a skunk, come to join him. It's raining cats and dogs! Good thing Rover is snuggled safe and dry inside his doghouse--until, one by one, a soggy menagerie of creatures shows up looking for a cozy place to sit out the storm. But who's the very unwelcome surprise visitor? Skunk, of course. Suddenly that doghouse isn't quite so crowded after all!

PZ8.3 .B3845 MOV 2006

Not a box / written by Antoinette Portis.

To an imaginative bunny, a box is not always just a box.

PZ7 .P8362 NO 2006



Henry and Mudge and the great grandpas : the twenty-sixth book of their adventures / written by Cynthia Rylant and illustrated by Suçie Stevenson.

When Henry and his dog Mudge go with Henry's parents to visit Great-Grandpa Bill in the home with lots of other grandpas, they lead them all on a wonderful adventure.

PZ7 .R982 HEAMG 2005


Amanda Pig and the really hot day / written by Jean Van Leeuwen and illustrated by Ann Schweninger.

Amanda Pig and her family and friends try to find different ways to beat the heat.

PZ7 .V275 AMK 2005

Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa / written by Erica Silverman and illustrated by Betsy Lewin.

Cowgirl Kate and her cowhorse Cocoa, who is always hungry, count cows, share a story, and help each other fall asleep.

PZ7 .S58625 CO 2005

Hi! Fly Guy / written by Tedd Arnold.

When Buzz captures a fly to enter in The Amazing Pet Show, his parents and the judges tell him that a fly cannot be a pet, but Fly Guy proves them wrong.

PZ7 .A7379 HI 2005

A splendid friend, indeed / written by Suzanne Bloom.

When a studious polar bear meets an inquisitive goose, they learn to be friends.

PZ7 .B6234 SP 2005