Theodor Seuss Geisel Award

The Theodor Seuss Geisel Award began in 2006 to honor the outstanding book for beginning readers.

don't throw it to mo!

2016
David A. Adler and Sam Ricks. Don’t Throw It to Mo!

Mo is the youngest kid on the Robins football team. The kids on the rival team tease him for being a 'butterfingers' who's too tiny to catch the ball. But Mo's coach has a plan up his sleeve to turn Mo's little size into a big win for the Robins.

you are (Not) Small

2015
Anna Kang and Christopher Weyant​. You Are (Not) Small

Two fuzzy creatures can't agree on who is small and who is big, until a couple of surprise guests show up, settling it once and for all!

2014
Greg Pizzoli. The Watermelon Seed

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

2013
Ethan Long. Up, Tall and High!

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

2012
Josh Schneider. Tales for Very Picky Eaters

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.

2011
Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee. Bink and Gollie

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.

2010
Geoffrey Hayes. Benny and Penny in the Big No-No!

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

2009
Mo Willems.  Are You Ready to PLay Outside?

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

2008

Mo Willems.  There is a Bird on Your Head

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.

2007

Laura McGee Krasnosky.  Zelda and Ivy, the Runaways

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

2006

Cynthia Rylant.  Henry and Mudge and the Great Grandpas

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.