Geisel Award Winners (Beginning Readers)

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The Geisel Award is given annually by the American Library Association's Division the Association of Library Services to Children  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.

 2018 Winner

Charlie and Mouse by Laurel Snyder, illustrated by Emily Hughes

Honor Books:

  • I See a Cat by Paul Meisel
  • King & Kayla and the Case of the Missing Dog Treats by Dori Hillestad Butler, illustrated by Nancy Myers
  • My Kite is Stuck! And Other Stories by Salina Yoon
  • Noodleheads See the Future written by Tedd Arnold, Martha Hamilton and Mitch Weiss, illustrated by Tedd Arnold
  • Snail and Worm Again by Tina Kugle

2017 Winner

 We Are Growing!  by Laurie Keller

Honor Books:

  • Good Night Owl by Greg Pizzoli
  • Oops, Pounce, Quick, Run! An Alphabet Caper by Mike Twohy
  • Go, Otto, Go by David Milgrim
  • The Infamous Ratsos written by Kara LaReau, illustrated by Matt Myers

2016 Winner

 Don’t Throw it to Mo! Written by David A. Adler and illustrated by Sam Ricks

Honor Books:

  • A Pig a Fox and a Box written and illustrated by Jonathan Fenske
  • Supertruck written and illustrated by Stephen Fenske
  • Waiting written and illustrated by Kevin Henkes

 2015 Winner

 You Are (Not) Small written by Anna Kang and illustrated by Christopher Weyant

Honor Books:

  • Mr. Putter and Tabby Turn the Page written by Cynthia Rylant and illustrated by Arthur Howard
  • Waiting is Not Easy! written and illustrated by Mo Willems

2014 Winner

 The Watermelon Seed written and illustrated by Greg Pizzoli

Honor Books:

  • 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

2013 Winner

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

Honor Books:

  • 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

2012 Winner

Tales for Very Picky Eaters written and illustrated by Josh Schneider

Honor Books:

  • 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

2011 Winner

Bink and Gollie written by Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee, illustrated by Tony Fucile

Honor Books:

  • Ling & Ting: Not Exactly the Same! written and illustrated by Grace Lin
  • We Are in a Book! written and illustrated by Mo Willems

2010 Winner

Benny and Penny in the Big No-No!  by Geoffrey Hayes

Honor Books:

  • 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

2009 Winner

Are You Ready to Play Outside?  by Mo Willems

Honor Books:

  • Chicken Said, ‘Cluck!’ by Judyann Ackerman Grant, illustrated by Sue Truesdell
  • One Boy written and illustrated by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
  • Stinky written and illustrated by Eleanor Davis
  • Wolfsnail: A Backyard Predator by Sarah C. Campbell, photographs by Sarah C. Campbell and Richard P. Campbell 

2008 Winner

There Is a Bird on Your Head by Mo Willems

Honor Books:

  • First the Egg by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
  • 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

2007 Winner

Zelda and Ivy: The Runaways  by Laura McGee Kvasnosky

Honor Books:

  • 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

2006 Winner

Henry and Mudge and the Great Grandpas written by Cynthia Rylant and illustrated by Suçie Stevenson

Honor Books:

  • 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