Category Archives: Winning Titles

Winner Wednesday: “The Watermelon Seed”

The Watermelon Seed, written and illustrated by Greg Pizzoli, is the 2014 Theodor Seuss Geisel Award Winner, and it is no wonder why. The fun and colorful cover immediately drew me in, and the cover under the jacket did not disappoint either. Upon opening the book, it is as if the reader is actually going inside of […] Continue reading

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Winners Wednesdays: The Stuff of Stars

The Stuff of Stars by Marion Dane Bauer and illustrated by Ekua Holmes is the 2019 winner of the Coretta Scott King Illustrators Award. This book explores the creation of the world from the beginnings of nothingness to the cells that make up you and me. Bauer’s poetic words are brought to life through Holme’s vivid […] Continue reading

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Winner Wednesday: Planetarium

In schools, it is quite common to distinguish between disciplines. For example, students have a math block which is separate from their reading block which is then separate from the science block, and on. When deciding which text to use during a lesson, educators make decisions about what text is appropriate for which students. Specifically […] Continue reading

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Emily Gravett’s The Rabbit Problem

Emily Gravett’s playful representation of the Fibonacci sequence in her children’s book The Rabbit Problem, is known for its unique use of media and style to illustrate the story.   This book is a deserving winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal, for its creativity of the ilustrations that become the backbone of the entire story.  Emily […] Continue reading

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Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat by Javaka Steptoe

Radiant Child won both the 2017 Caldecott Medal and the 2017 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award for Javaka Steptoe’s ingenious illustrations. He painted the images on reclaimed wood, photographing his masterpieces to accompany the text of the book. The book recounts the life of Jean-Michel Basquiat, a young boy from Brooklyn who became a successful […] Continue reading

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Take a Picture of Me, James VanDerZee!

Andrea J. Loney and Keith Mallett’s New Voices Award Winner Take a Picture of Me, James VanDerZee! is one that, according to author Loney herself, “celebrate[s] the humanity of all children.” In this case, the child celebrated is James VanDerZee, an African-American boy born in 1886 to the former butler and maid of President Ulysses S. Grant. […] Continue reading

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Flora and the Flamingo

Flora and the Flamingo is a beautiful wordless picture book by Molly Idle. Flora and the Flamingo was a Caldecott Honor Book in 2013. Molly Idle illustrates a stunning book in which two unlikely characters learn to become friends and dance as one. The book starts off with a young girl wearing flippers and a […] Continue reading

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