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The following is taken directly from the ALA Geisel Award Page. For each book we have added a link to amazon.
The 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.
2014 Medal Winner
The Watermelon Seed, written and illustrated by Greg Pizzoli, is the Geisel Award winner. The book is published by Disney Hyperion Books, an imprint of Disney Book Group.
A watermelon-loving crocodile becomes distraught after swallowing a seed, believing it will grow inside of him. Told in straight-forward, accessible vocabulary, this innovative look at a childhood fear by debut author Greg Pizzoli creates engaging three-spot color illustrations that are as fresh as a cool slice of watermelon.
Pizzoli’s The Watermelon Seed is innovative but with a retro quality that will embrace the emergent reader in this satisfying treat,” said Geisel Award Committee Chair Penny Peck.
2014 Honor Books
Ball, written and illustrated by Mary Sullivan and published by Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
A ball-obsessed pup desperately waits for his owner to return to continue their play. The earliest reader will be empowered by the one-word text melded with action-packed sequential art.
A Big Guy Took My Ball! written and illustrated by Mo Willems and published by Hyperion Books for Children, an imprint of Disney Book Group
Gerald comes to Piggie’s aid when a big guy takes away the ball she found. The classic schoolyard encounter has a wry twist and satisfying resolution in Willems’ hands. Color coded speech bubbles and expressive cartoon illustrations will delight the reader.
Penny and Her Marble, written and illustrated by Kevin Henkes and published by Greenwillow Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.
Penny has second thoughts after picking up a beautiful, blue marble from her neighbor’s yard. Was it wrong to take this treasure? Penny’s moral dilemma is explored with emotional truth in four brief chapters. Henkes’ soft-hued watercolors perfectly capture Penny’s joy and agony.
Up, Tall and High!, written and illustrated by Ethan Long is the Seuss Award winner. The book is published by G. P. Putnam’s Sons, a division of Penguin Young Readers Group.
Let’s Go for a Drive!, written and illustrated by Mo Willems, and published by Hyperion Books for Children, an imprint of Disney Book Group
Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons by Eric Litwin, created and illustrated by James Dean and published by HarperCollins Children’s Books, a division of HarperCollins Publishers
Rabbit & Robot: The Sleepover, written and illustrated by Cece Bell and published by Candlewick Press.
Tales for Very Picky Eaters, written and illustrated by Josh Schneider (Clarion Books, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company)
I Broke My Trunk, written and illustrated by Mo Willems (Hyperion Books for Children, an imprint of Disney Book Group)
I Want My Hat Back, written and illustrated by Jon Klassen (Candlewick Press)
See Me Run, written and illustrated by Paul Meisel (Holiday House)
Bink and Gollie, written by Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee, illustrated by Tony Fucile (Candlewick Press)
Ling & Ting: Not Exactly the Same!, written and illustrated by Grace Lin (Little, Brown and Company, a division of Hachette Book Group, Inc.)
We Are in a Book!, written and illustrated by Mo Willems (Hyperion Books for Children, an imprint of Disney Book Group)
Benny and Penny in the Big No-No! by Geoffrey Hayes (Toon Books, a division of RAW Junior, LLC)
I Spy Fly Guy! by Tedd Arnold, (Scholastic, Inc.)
Little Mouse Gets Ready by Jeff Smith (Toon Books, a division of RAW Junior, LLC)
Mouse and Mole: Fine Feathered Friends by Wong Herbert Yee (Houghton Mifflin Books for Children/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
Pearl and Wagner: One Funny Day, written by Kate McMullan, illustrated by R.W. Alley (Dial Books for Young Readers)
Are You Ready to Play Outside? by Mo Willems (Hyperion Books for Children , an imprint of Disney Book Group)
Chicken Said, ‘Cluck!’ by Judyann Ackerman Grant, illustrated by Sue Truesdell (HarperCollins Children’s Books, a division of HarperCollins Publishers)
One Boy, written and illustrated by Laura Vaccaro Seeger (A Neal Porter Book published by Roaring Brook Press, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishing Holdings Limited Partnership)
Stinky, written and illustrated by Eleanor Davis (RAW Junior/TOON Books)
Wolfsnail: A Backyard Predator, by Sarah C. Campbell, photographs by Sarah C. Campbell and Richard P. Campbell (Boyds Mills Press)
There Is a Bird on Your Head by Mo Willems (Hyperion)
First the Egg by Laura Vaccaro Seeger (Roaring Brook/Neal Porter)
Hello, Bumblebee Bat, written by Darrin Lunde, illustrated by Patricia J. Wynne (Charlesbridge)
Jazz Baby, written by Lisa Wheeler, illustrated by R. Gregory Christie (Harcourt)
Vulture View, written by April Pulley Sayre, illustrated by Steve Jenkins (Holt)
Zelda and Ivy: The Runaways by Laura McGee Kvasnosky (Candlewick)
Mercy Watson Goes for a Ride written by Kate DiCamillo and illustrated by Chris Van Dusen (Candlewick)
Move Over, Rover! by Karen Beaumont and illustrated by Jane Dyer (Harcourt)
Not a Box by Antoinette Portis (HarperCollins)
Henry and Mudge and the Great Grandpas written by Cynthia Rylant and illustrated by Suçie Stevenson (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers)
Hi! Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold (Cartwheel Books, an imprint of Scholastic Inc.)
A Splendid Friend, Indeed by Suzanne Bloom (Boyds Mills Press)
Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa written by Erica Silverman and illustrated by Betsy Lewin (Harcourt, Inc.)
Amanda Pig and the Really Hot Day written by Jean Van Leeuwen and illustrated by Ann Schweninger (Dial Books for Young Readers, a division of Penguin Young Readers Group)