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LARC Mocks: 2016 Picture Books

Working list of starred reviews to be considered for the Mock Caldecott and Newbery Award

Picture Books

Please alpha by author. If title is already on the list, please add abbreviation and date to it. (PW = Publishers Weekly, SLJ = School Library Journal, HB = Horn Book, Kirkus = K, Booklist = BL The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books = BCCB (feel free to add other journal titles and abbreviations)

Agee, Jon. Lion Lessons. PW 4/18/16, SLJ 5/16, BL 6/1/16, HB 7-8/16

Ahlberg, Jessica. Fairy Tales for Mr. Barker: A Peek-Through Story. PW 1/18/16, BL 1/1/16

Alexander, Kwame  Surf's Up  K 11/15/15

Alexie, Sherman. Thunder Boy, Jr. PW 2/8/16, SLJ 2/16, BL 2/1/16, K 4/7/16, HB 3-4/16, BCCB 6/16

Argueta, Jorge.  Somos Como Las Nubes/We Are Like The Clouds K 8/1/16

Ashburn, Boni. The Class. PW 5/9/16, K 6/1/16

Ashman, Linda.  All We Know  K 4/7/16

Ashman, Linda. Rock-a-Bye Romp. PW 10/12/15

Asim, Jabari. Preaching to the Chickens. PW 8/15/16, K 7/15/16

Austin, Mike.  Rescue Squad No. 9  K 6/20/16, SLJ 8/16, HB 9-10/16

Austrian, J.J.  Worm Loves Worm  K 10/1/15

Bagley, Jessixa. Before I Leave. PW 11/2/15, SLJ 1/16

Baker, Jeannie. Circle. PW 2/29/16

Bansch, Helga.  At Night  K 6/20/16

Bansch, Helga  Rosie the Raven  SLJ 5/16

Barbieri, Gladys E. A Charmed Life/Una Vida Con Suerte K 3/3/16

Barnett, Mac.  Rules of the House K 4/7/16, BL 5/15/16, BCCB 10/16

Barrow, David  Have You Seen Elephant?  K 1/15/16, SLJ 3/16

Barton, Byron  My House  SLJ 1/16

Baruzzi, Agnese. Look, Look Again. PW 10/17/16

Beaton, Kate. King Baby. PW 6/13/16, K 7/15/16

Becker, Aaron. Return. PW 5/16/16, K 5/15/16, SLJ 7/16

Bentley, Peter  Captain Jack and the Pirates K 1/1/16

Bernstrom, Daniel. One Day in the Eucalyptus, Eucalyptus Tree. PW 2/28/16, K 3/3/16, BL 4/1/16

Berube, Kate. Hannah and Sugar. PW 1/4/16

Birdsall, Jeanne. My Favorite Pets: By Gus W. for Ms. Smolinski's Class. BL 4/15/16, SLJ 8/16

Bledsoe, Josh.  Hammer and Nails  K 4/7/16

Boelts, Maribeth. A Bike Like Sergio's. PW 9/5/16

Bogart, Jo Ellen. The White Cat and the Monk: A Retelling of the Poem "Pangur Ban" PW 1/4/16, K 1/15/16, SLJ 1/16

Boisrobert, Anouck and Louis Rigaud. That's My Hat! PW 1/18/16

Bonner, Hannah.  Dining with Dinosaurs  K 7/15/16

Borando, Silvia. Near, Far. PW 5/23/16

Borando, Silvia.  Now You See Me, Now You Don't  K 5/15/16

Bowman, Donna Janeli. Step Right Up: How Doc and Jim Key Taught the World About Kindness. PW 8/15/16, K 8/1/16

Breen, Steve. Woodpecker Wants a Waffle. BK 3/15/16

Bright, Rachel.  Love Monster and the Scary Something  K 7/15/16

Brosgol, Vera. Leave Me Alone. PW 6/20/16, SLJ 9/16

Brown, Lisa. The Airport Book K 3/3/16, SLJ 3/16, HB 05-06/16, BCCB 6/16

Brown, Margaret Wise. The Dead Bird. PW 12/21/15, K 1/15/16

Brown, Margaret Wise.  Christmas in the Barn  K 9/1/16

Brown, Margaret Wise.  North, South, East, West  K 10/1/16

Bruel. Nick. Bad Kitty Scaredy-Cat. PW 8/1/16

Bryan, Ashley. Freedom Over Me. PW 7/4/16, K 7/15/16

Bryant, Jen. Six Dots: A Story of Young Lois Braille. PW 8/15/16

Bunting, Eve. Mr. Goat’s Valentine. PW 10/12/15

Burningham, John.  Motor Miles  K 7/1/16, SLJ 8/16

Campisi, Stephanie. The Ugly Dumpling. K 2/15/16

Cecil, Randy. Lucy. PW 5/23/16, K 5/15/16

Casey, Dawn.  Babushka A Christmas Tale  K 9/1/16

Caswell, Deanna  Guess Who, Haiku  K 1/15/16

Christopher, Neil  Way Back Then.  K 10/15/15

Chung, Arree.  Ninja!  Attack of the Clan  K 4/15/16

Clark, M.H.  You Belong Here  K 4/15/16

Cleary, Brian P.  Underneath My Bed List Poems  K 9/1/16

Colato Lainez, Rene.  Mama The Alien/Mama La Extraterrestre  K 5/1/16

Cole, Henry. Spot, the Cat. BL 3/1/16, SLJ 3/16

Collins, Ross. There's a Bear on My Chair. PW 6/6/16

Cordell, Matthew.  Wolf in the Snow  K 10/1/16, HB 11-12/16, BL 12/15/16

Corey, Shana  The Secret Subway.  K 1/1/16

Cornell, Kevin. Go to Sleep, Monster! PW 1/11/16

Cornille, Didier.  Bridges  K 7/15/16

Cotter, Bill.  Beard in a Box  K 4/7/16

Cotterill, Samantha.  No More Bows  K 10/1/16

Coy, John  Their Great Gift - Courage, Sacrifice and Hope in a New Land  K 1/15/16

Cronin, Doreen. Bloom. PW 10/26/15, SLJ 1/16

Crossley-Holland, Kevin.  The Riddlemaster  K 6/1/16, SLJ 9/16

Cuevas, Michelle. The Uncorker of Ocean Bottles. PW 6/6/16, K 6/1/16

Cummins, Lucy Ruth. A Hungry Lion, or a Dwindling Assortment of Animals. PW 12/14/15

Curato, Mike. Little Elliot, Big Fun. 7/4/16, BL 8/16

Cyrus, Kurt. Billions of Bricks. PW 9/12/16, K 8/1/16

Danowski, Sonja.  Little Night Cat  K 7/15/16

Davies, Benji. The Storm Whale in Winter. BL 11/15/16

Davies, Kate.  The Nutcracker  K 9/1/16

deGennaro, Sue.  The Pros and Cons of Being a Frog  K 5/15/16

de Montfried, Dorothee. Shhh! I'm Sleeping. PW 2/15/16

Denise, Anika. Monster Trucks. PW 8/1/16

de Seve, Randall. A Fire Truck Named Red. PW 2/15/16, K 3/3/16

Delacroiz, Sibylle  Blanche Hates the Night K 1/1/16

Delacre, Lulu. ¡Olinguito, de la A a la Z! PW 10/26/15, K 12/1/15

Deneux, Xavier.  Baby Animals  K 7/1/16

Deneux, Xavier.  My Animals  K 7/1/16

Denos, Julia  Swatch: The Girl Who Loved Color  K 1/15/16

Dernavich, Drew  It's Not Easy Being Number Three  K 10/15/15

Desjardins, India  Marguerite's Christmas  K 10/15/15

Dickson, Irene. Blocks K 3/3/16, BL 4/1/16

DiPucchio, Kelly. Antoinette. BL 12/1/16

DiPucchio, Kelly.  Dragon Was Terrible  K 6/20/16

DK Braille: Counting. PW 3/28/16

Dolan, Elys.  The Mystery of the Haunted Farm  K 8/1/16

Doerrfeld, Cori. Maggie and Wendel: Imagine Everything! PW 12/21/15

Dormer, Frank W.  The Sword in the Stove K 4/7/16

Doughty, Rebecca. Before You. PW 10/31/16

Downing, Sue.  Look!  Look!  Baby Animal Friends  K 7/1/16

Doyle, Eugenie. Sleep Tight Farm  HB 11-12/16

Dubuc, Marianne  The Animals' Ark  SLJ 3/16

Dyckman, Ame. Horrible Bear! PW 1/25/16, BL 1/1/16, SLJ 1/16

Edwards, Michelle.  A Hat for Mrs. Goldman  K 7/15/16, PW 8/29/16, SLJ 9/16, BL 10/1/16

Ehlert, Lois. Rain Fish. BL 2/15/16, SLJ 2/16

Ellis, Carson. Du Iz Tak? PW 8/15/16, K 8/15/16, BL 8/16, HB 9-10/16

Elmquist, Laurie. Beach Baby. 3/28/16

Empson, Jo  Little Home Bird  SLJ 7/16

Engelbreit, Mary. A Night of Great Joy. PW 9/26/16

Ering, Timothy Basil. The Unexpected Love Story of Alfred Fiddleduckling. BL 11/15/16

Esbaum, Jill  Teeny Tiny Toady  K 1/15/16

Escoffier, Michael. Have You Seen My Trumpet? K 8/15/16, SLJ 11/16

Falatko, Julie. Snappsy the Alligator (Did Not Ask to Be in This Book). PW 10/26/15, K 12/1/15, BCCB 3/16

Fan, Terry & Eric. The Night Gardener. PW 11/16/15, SLJ 2/16

Farrell, Darren. Stop Following Me Moon! BCCB 5/16

Felix, Lucie  Apples and Robins  K 1/15/16, BCCB 4/16

Fergus, Maureen. Buddy and Earl and the Great Big Baby. PW 7/4/16, K 6/20/16

Fergus, Maureen  Buddy and Earl Go Exploring  K 12/1/15

Ferrell, Sean. The Snurtch. PW 5/23/16, K 5/15/16

Ferry, Beth. Pirate's Perfect Pet. PW 5/30/16

Fleischman, Paul. First Light, First Life: A Worldwide Creation Story. PW 6/27/16, BCCB 11/16

Fleming, Denise.  5 Little Ducks  K 9/1/16

Fleming, Denise. I Heart You. PW 10/31/16

Florian, Douglas. Leap, Frog, Leap. PW 5/16/16

Florian, Douglas  The Wonderful Habits of Rabbits SLJ  12/15

Fogliano, Julie.  Old Dog Baby Baby. PW 8/8/16, SLJ 8/16, K 8/1/16, BCCB 11/16, BL 10/1/16

Foster, Jane.  Jane Foster's Colors  K 7/1/16

Franceschelli, Christopher. Cityblock. PW 8/22/16, SLJ 11/16

Frazee, Marla. The Bossier Baby. PW 10/10/16, K 9/1/16, HB 11-12/16, BL 9/15/16

Freedman, Deborah.  Shy  K 7/15/16

French, Vivian. The Most Wonderful Thing in the World BCCB 2/16

Friend, David.  With Any Luck I'll Drive a Truck K 4/7/16

Frith, Nicholas  Hector and Hummingbird  K 1/1/16

Funk, Josh.  Dear Dragon  K 7/15/16

Gall, Chris  NanoBots  SLJ 8/16

Gallion, Sue Lowell. Pug Meets Pig. PW 7/4/16

Gandhi, Arun  Be The Change: A Grandfather Gandhi Story  SLJ 7/16

Gavin, Ciara. Bear is Not Tired. PW 11/2/15

Gerstein, Mordicai. The Sleeping Gypsy  HB 11-12/16

Gianferrari, Maria.  Coyote Moon  K 6/1/16

Godwin, Laura  Owl Sees Owl  SLJ 7/16, K 7/1/16, BL 7/16, HB 9-10/16

Goetz, Steve  Old MacDonald Had a Truck  K 1/15/16

Goldsaito, Katrina.  The Sound of Silence  K 5/15/16, SLJ 7/16, BCCB 9/16

Gomi, Taro. Presents Through the Window. PW 9/26/16, K 9/1/16 (First published in 1983 in Japan)

Gottesfeld, Jeff  The Tree in the Courtyard: Looking Through Anne Frank's Window  SLJ 4/16

Graff, Lisa. It's Not the Time for Sleeping. PW 9/12/16

Graegin, Stephanie. Little Fox in the Forest. BL 11/15/16

Gravett, Emily.  Bear and Hare- Share!  K 4/15/16

Gravett, Emily. Little Mouse's Big Book of Beasts. PW 6/20/16

Gross, Benedikt.  ABC The Alphabet from the Sky  K 7/15/16

Gray, Monique. My Heart Fills with Happiness. PW 11/30/15

Guiberson, Brenda Z. The Deadliest Creature in the World.  PW 6/6/16

Hadfield, Chris and Kate Fillion. The Darkest Dark. PW 7/4/16

Hall, Michael  Frankencrayon  SLJ 12/15

Hall, Michael.  Wonderfall  K 7/1/16

Harrison, David  Now You See Them, Now You Don't: Poems About Creatures That Hide  K 12/1/15

Harrison, Hannah E. My Friend Maggie. PW 5/30/16

Hatke, Ben. Nobody Likes a Goblin. PW  3/14/16, K 4/15/16, BCCB 5/16

Haughton, Chris. Goodnight Everyone. PW 10/3/16

Haworth, Katie. Little Honeybee. PW 2/15/16

Hayes, Geoffrey. Benny and Penny in How to Say Goodbye. PW 8/8/16

Heide, Florence Parry.  How to be a Hero  K 8/1/16, BL 9/15/16

Henkes, Kevin  When Spring Comes  SLJ 4/16, HB 3-4/16

Henkes, Kevin.  Egg  K 10/1/16

Hesselberth, Joyce  Shape Shift  K 11/1/15

Hest, Amy. My Old Pal, Oscar. BCCB 6/16

Hirsch, Rebecca E.  Plants Can't Sit Still  K 6/1/16

Hirt, Daisy. Alphonse,, That is Not OK to Do! PW 9/19/16

Hoefler, Kate. Real Cowboys. PW 8/22/16, SLJ 9/16

Hoffman, Mary.  The Great Big Body Book  K 9/15/16

Hood, Susan.  Mission: Back to School Top-Secret Information  K 6/1/16

Hopkinson, Deborah  Beatrix Potter and The Unfortunate Tale of a Borrowed Guinea Pig  K 11/15/15

Hopkinson, Deborah. Steamboat School. PW 3/28/16, K 4/15/16, BL 6/1/16

Hunter, Anne. Cricket Song. BL 1/1/16, K 1/1/16, SLJ 1/16

Hutchins, Pat  Where, Oh Where, is Rosie's Chick?  SLJ 7/16

Hutt, Sarah. Animals are Delicious. PW 5/16/16

Idle, Molly.  Flora and the Peacocks  K 3/17/16, SLJ 4/16, PW 5/2/16

Isadora, Rachel  I Hear a Pickle: And Smell, See, Touch & Taste It Too!  K 10/15/15, SLJ 1/16, HB 1-2/16, BCCB 2/16

Ismail, Yasmeen. Christmas for Greta and Gracie. PW 9/26/16, K 9/1/16

Isol.  Daytime Visions An Alphabet  K 3/17/16

Jackson, Richard. Have a Look, Says a Book. PW 1/18/16, SLJ 2/16

Jackson, Richard. In Plain Sight. PW 6/13/16, SLJ 9/16, K 8/1/16

Jain, Mahak.  Maya. K 2/15/16

Jaramillo, Susie. Little Chickies/Los Pollitos. PW 5/16/16, K 7/1/16

Jarvis. Alan’s Big Scary Teeth. PW 11/9/15

Jeffers, Oliver The Hueys in What's the Opposite?  SLJ 12/15

Jeffers, Oliver  A Child of Books SLJ 7/16, K 7/15/16, BL 7/16

Jenkins, Emily. A Greyhound, a Groundhog. BL 11/15/16, SLJ 11/16

Jenkins, Emily Tiger and Badger  K 11/15/15

Jenkins, Steve. Animals By the Numbers: A Book of Infographics K 8/15/16

Jin-Ho, Jung.  Look Up!  K 8/1/16

John, Jory  Quit Calling Me a Monster!  SLJ 7/16

John, Jory.  Penguin Problems  K 7/1/16, HB 9-10/16

Johnston, Tony. A Small Thing... But Big. PW 8/15/16, SLJ 8/16, 8/1/16, BL 10/1/16

Judge, Lita  Hoot and Peep  SLJ 3/16

Jullien, Jean. This is Not a Book. PW 3/28/16

Kaneko, Yuri. Into the Snow. PW 10/19/15, K 1/1/16

Kang, A.N. The Very Fluffy Kitty, Papillon  K 6/1/16

Katz, Alan. That Stinks! A Punny Show-and-Tell. PW 5/2/16

Keane, Dave.  Who Wants a Tortoise?  K 5/1/16, HB 7-8/16

Kerascoet.  Paul and Antoinette  K 9/15/16

Kiernan, Pat.  Good Morning, City. PW 9/19/16

Klassen, Jon  We Found a Hat  SLJ 8/16, BL 6/1/16, HB 9-10/16, BCCB 11/16

Kooser, Ted. The Bell in the Bridge. PW 3/7/16

Kuhlman, Evan. Hank's Big Day: The Story of a Bug. PW 7/11/16, K 6/1/16

Kuhn, Camilla. Samira and the Skeletons. BL 2/15/16

LaMarche, Jim. Pond. PW 6/20/16, K 7/15/16

Lanthier, Jennifer.  Hurry Up, Henry  K 7/15/16

Larsen, Andrew. The Not-So-Faraway Adventure. K 2/15/16

Larsen, Andrew.  A Squiggly Story  K 6/1/16

Lavie, Oren. The Bear Who Wasn't There and the Fabulous Forest. PW 7/18/16

Leroy, Jean.  Stripes the Tiger  K 8/1/16

Leroy, Jean. A Well-Mannered Young Wolf. BL 10/1/16

Lester, Julius.  The Girl Who Saved Yesterday  K 3/17/16

Levis, Caron. Ida, Always. PW 11/30/15, SLJ 1/16

Light, Steve. The Bunny Burrow Buyer's Book: A Tale of Rabbit Read Estate. PW 2/29/16

Light, Steve  Swap!  K 11/15/15, BL 1/1/16, SLJ 1/16

Light, Steve.  Cars Go  K 7/1/16

Litchfield, David. The Bear and the Piano. PW 2/1/16

Lodding, Linda Ravin. Painting Pepette. BL 4/15/16

Lo Monaco. Gerard. A Sea Voyage. PW 10/10/16

Long, Ethan.  Pug  K 7/15/16

Long, Loren  Otis and the Kittens  SLJ 9/16

Long, Matty. Super Happy Magic Forest BCCB 3/16

Mack, Jeff. Playtime? BL 4/1/16

MacLachlan, Patricia. The Moon's Almost Here. PW 3/14/16

Mader, C. Roger.  Stowaway In A Sleigh  K 9/1/16

Manley, Curtis. The Summer Nick Taught His Cats to Read. PW 4/18/16

Mann, Jennifer K. Sam and Jump. PW 3/7/16

Marcero, Deborah. Ursa's Light. BL 4/15/16

Martin, Bill  Listen to Our World  SLJ 2/16

Maturana, Andrea  Life Without Nico  K 1/1/16

McAnulty, Stacy. Excellent Ed  K 3/3/16, HB 05-06/16

McClintock, Barbara. Emma and Julia Love Ballet HB 1-2/16

McClure, Nikki. Waiting for High Tide. PW 1/25/16, K 2/15/16, BL 4/1/16

McDonnell. Patrick. Tek. PW 8/8/16

McPhail, David. Olivia Loves Owl. PW 7/11/16

Medina, Juana. 1 Big Delicious Salad K 3/3/16, SLJ 5/16

Medina, Juana  Juana and Lucas  SLJ 7/16

Meiville, China and Smith, Zak. The Worst Breakfast K 8/15/16

Merino, Gemma. The Cow Who Climbed a Tree. SLJ 2/16, BL 3/1/16

Meschenmoser, Sebastian. Gordon and Tapir. PW 2/1/16 

Meschenmoser, Sebastian. Pug Man's 3 Wishes K 8/15/16

Messer, Claire. Grumpy Pants. PW 3/7/16, K 3/3/16

Messier, Mireille.  The Branch  K 6/1/16

Miller, John  Red Spider Hero  K 10/15/15

Miller, Pat Zietlow. Sophie's Squash Go to School. PW 5/9/16, BL 5/15/16

Miyares, Daniel.  Bring Me a Rock!  K 4/7/16

Molchadsky, Yael. The Chameleon That Saved Noah's Ark K 3/3/16

Monroe, Chris. Monkey with a Tool Belt and the Maniac Muffins. PW 8/8/16

Morales, Yuyi  Rudas: Ninos' Horrendous Hermanitas  SLJ 8/16, BL 8/16, HB 9-10/16

Murguia, Bethanie  Cockatoo, Too  K 10/15/15

Murphy, Mary  Good Night Like This  K 12/1/15

Murray, Alison  Hare and Tortoise  SLJ 4/16, BL 4/1/16

Murray, Diana  City Shapes  SLJ 4/16, K 4/15/16

Murrow, Vita. The Whale. K 2/15/16

Nagley, Keith. My Dad Used to Be So Cool. OW 4/11/16

Nash, Scott Shrunken Treasures: Literary Classics, Short and Sweet  SLJ 3/16

Nesbitt, Kenn. One Minute Till Bedtime: 60-Second Poems to Send you Off to Sleep PW 10/17/16

Niemann, Christoph. Words. PW 10/3/16

Nieminen, Lotta. Pancakes! An Interactive Recipe Book. PW 10/17/16

Norman, Kim.  Still a Gorilla  K 4/15/16

OHora, Zachariah.  The Not So Quiet Library  K 5/1/16

O'Leary, Sara. A Family is a Family is a Family. PW 7/18/16, K 7/15/16

O'Leary, Sara.  You Are Two  K 7/1/16

Olivera, Ramon. ABCs on Wheels. PW 5/23/16

Olshan, Matthew. A Voyage in the Clouds: The (Mostly) True Story of the First International Flight by Balloon in 1785. PW 8/15/16,    HB 9-10/16

Orbeck-Nilssen. Constance. Why Am I Here? BL 11/15/16 (Norwegian) 

Ottley, Matt Parachute SLJ 3/16

Pak, Kenard  Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn HB 7-8/16, BCCB 9/16

Panzieri, Lucia. Little Brother Pumpkin Head  BCCB 11/16

Park, Linda Sue. Yaks Yak: Animal Word Pairs. PW 12/14/15, SLJ 12/15

Parker, Jake. Little Bot and Sparrow. PW 6/13/2016, K 6/20/16

Peacock, Shane.  The Artist and Me  K 3/17/16

Perkins, Lynne Rae. Frank and Lucky and Schooled. PW 3/21/16, SLJ 4/16, BCCB 6/16, HB 05-06/16, K 6/1/16

Pham, LeUyen.  The Bear Who Wasn't There  K 7/15/16

Pinfold, Levi  Greenling  K 12/1/15, BL 1/1/16

Pinkney, Andrea Davis. A Poem for Peter: The Story of Ezra Jack Keats and the Creation of 'The Snowy Day.' PW 10/10/16

Plourde, Lynn.  Bella's Fall Coat  K 7/1/16, SLJ 9/16

Portis, Antoinette. Best Frints in the Whole Universe. PW 4/25/16, K 5/1/16, SLJ 5/16, HB 05-06/16,

Potter, Giselle.  This is My Dollhouse  K 3/17/16

Poulin, Andree. Pablo Finds a Treasure. BL 7/16

Puttapipat, Nirrot (illustrator) The Nutcracker. PW 9/26/16

Ramadier, Cedric. Shhh! This Book Is Sleeping. PW 11/30/15

Redding, LaTisha. Calling the Water Drum K 8/15/16

Rex, Adam. School's First Day of School. BL 3/1/16, PW 5/9/16, HB 3-4/16, K 6/1/16, BCCB 7-8/16, SLJ 8/16,

Richards, Doyin. I Wonder: Celebrating Daddies Doin' Work. PW 4/11/16

Ringgold, Faith  We Came to America  SLJ 4/16

Rudge, Leila.  Gary  K 9/1/16

Ruurs, Margriet. Stepping Stones: A Refugee Family's Journey K 8/15/16 

Ruzzier, Sergio. This is Not a Picture Book. PW 2/22/16, K 3/17/16, SLJ 5/16

Rylant, Cythia. Little Penguins. BL 8/16

Rylant, Cythia. Creation. BL 9/1/16

Sabuda, Robert.  The Christmas Story K 9/1/16

Sala, Laurence.  You Made Me a Mom  K 4/7/16

Sanabria, Jose.  As Time Went By  K 3/17/16

Sanna, Francesca. The Journey. PW 7/11/16, K 7/15/16, BL 9/15/16, SLJ 11/16

Santat, Dan. Are We There Yet? PW 1/11/16, BL 2/1/16, K 2/15/16

Saudo, Coralie.  My Dad at the Zoo.  K 4/7/16

Sauer, Tammi.  Mary Had a Little Glam  K 7/15/16

Savage, Stephen. The Mixed-Up Truck. PW 4/11/16

Sayre, April Pulley.  Best in Snow  K 8/1/16, PW 10/17/16

Schlitz, Laura Amy. Princess Cora and the Crocodile. BL 12/15/16

Schwarz, Viviane  How To Find Gold  K 1/15/16

Segre, Chiara Valentina  Lola and I  K 11/1/15

Shaskan, Stephen. Max Speed K 8/15/16

Shea, Bob. The Happiest Book Ever K 8/15/16

Siddals, Mary McKenna  Bringing The Outside In  K 1/15/16

Sidman, Joyce. Before Morning. HB 7-8/16, PW 8/15/16, K 8/1/16, BCCB 11/16, BL 9/1/16

Sloat, Teri. Pablo in the Snow. BL 11/15/16

Smiley, Jane  Twenty Yawns SLJ 3/16, HB 3-4/16

Smith, Alex T.  Little Red and the Very Hungry Lion  K 4/15/16, BL 7/16

Smith, Lane. There is a Tribe of Kids. PW 2/8/16, BL 2/1/16, K 3/3/16, SLJ 4/16

Smith, Monique My Heart Fills with Happiness SLJ 3/16

Sparrow, Shanti.  Shapes  K 7/1/16

Stangl, Katrin.  Strong as a Bear  K 4/7/16

Star, Fleur.  Shapes  K 7/1/16

Starin, Liz. Splashdance. PW 03/21/16

Stead, Philip C. Ideas are All Around. PW 1/4/16, SLJ  1/16

Stead, Philip C. Samson in the Snow. PW 6/27/16

Steptoe, Javaka. Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. PW 8/8/16, K 8/1/16

Strickland, Tessa. The Barefoot Book of Children. PW 9/19/16

Stringer, Lauren  Yellow Time  SLJ 7/16

Sullivan, Deirdre. Ming Goes to School. PW 5/9/16, SLJ 8/16

Sullivan, Mary. Treat. PW 12/7/15,  K 1/15/16

Sullivan, Tom. I Used to Be a Fish  HB 11-12/16

Sundby, MaryAnn.  Monday is Wash Day  K 7/15/16

Swinburne, Stephen R. Safe in a Storm. K 2/15/16

Takahashi, Kaori. Knock! Knock! PW 2/29/16

Taylor, Sean. A Brave Bear. PW 1/18/16

Thomas, Jan. Is That Wise, Pig? PW 6/27/16

Tonatiuh, Duncan. The Princess and the Warrior: A Tale of Two Volcanoes. PW 8/15/16, K 7/15/16, BL 9/1/16

Tullet, Herve. Let's Play. BL 3/15/16, BCCB 6/16

Turk, Evan. The Storyteller. PW 4/4/16, K 4/7/16, SLJ 5/16

Twohy, Mike  Oops, Pounce, Quick, Run!  K 10/15/15

Uhlberg, Myron  The Sound of All Things  K 1/15/16

Valerio, Geraldo. Turn on the Light. PW 6/13/16, K 7/15/16

Van Genechten, Gudio.  Tito the Magician  K 7/15/16

Van Hout, Mies. Playground. K 2/15/16

Velasquez, Eric  Looking for Bongo  SLJ 2/16

Verde, Susan.  The Water Princess  K 6/1/16

Walsh, Liam Francis. Fish. K 2/15/16

Wang, Andrea. The Nian Monster. PW 10/3/16

Watts, Jeri. A Piece of Home. PW 3/28/16, BL 4/1/16

Weatherford, Carole  Freedom in Congo Square  K 11/1/15, HB 05-06/16

Weaver, Jo  Little One  K 1/15/16

Wells, Rosemary. Fiona's Little Lie. PW 8/8/16

Wenzel, Brendan. They All Saw a Cat. PW 7/4/16, SLJ 9/16, BL 10/15/16

Wheeler, Lisa. The Christmas Boot. PW 9/26/16, K 9/1/16

Williams, Vera B. Home at Last. PW 6/27/16, SLJ 8/16

Willems, Mo.  Nanette's Baguette  K 9/1/16, BL 9/1/16

Wilson, Steve.  Hedgehugs and the Hattiepillar  K 10/1/16

Winter, Jeanette  Nanuk the Ice Bear  K 11/15/15

Won, Brian.  Hooray for Today!  K 7/15/16

Workman, Hawksley. Almost a Full Moon. PW 10/17/16

Yaccarino, Dan. I Am a Story. PW 6/27/16

Yaccarino, Dan. Rainy Day: A Little Moral Story about Worry. PW 7/11/16

Yolen, Jane  What to do With a Box  K 1/15/16, BL 2/15/16

Yolen, Jane.  On Bird Hill  K 3/17/16

Yoon, JooHee. The Steadfast Tin Soldier/ PW 10/10/16

Young, Ed. The Cat from Hunger Mountain. PW 10/3/16, K 8/15/16

Young, Rebecca.  Teacup  K 8/1/16, BL 9/1/16

Yum, Hyewon. Puddle. PW 12/14/15

Zagarenski, Pamela. Henry & Leo. HB 7-8/16, PW 8/29/16

Zuill, Andrea. Wolf Camp. K 3/3/16

Zoomer, Yuval. One Hundred Bones. BL 3/15/16


  1. In identifying a “distinguished American picture book for children,” defined as illustration, committee members need to consider:
    1. Excellence of execution in the artistic technique employed;
    2. Excellence of pictorial interpretation of story, theme, or concept;
    3. Appropriateness of style of illustration to the story, theme or concept;
    4. Delineation of plot, theme, characters, setting, mood or information through the pictures;
    5. Excellence of presentation in recognition of a child audience.
  2. The only limitation to graphic form is that the form must be one which may be used in a picture book. The book must be a self-contained entity, not dependent on other media (i.e., sound, film or computer program) for its enjoyment.
  3. Each book is to be considered as a picture book. The committee is to make its decision primarily on the illustration, but other components of a book are to be considered especially when they make a book less effective as a children’s picture book. Such other components might include the written text, the overall design of the book, etc.

Note: The committee should keep in mind that the award is for distinguished illustrations in a picture book and for excellence of pictorial presentation for children. The award is not for didactic intent or for popularity.