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LARC Mocks: 2018 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.

Adams, Jennifer  How Do I Love Thee?  K 10/1/18

Adbage, Lisen  Koko and Bo  K 3/15/18

Agee, Jon. The Wall in the Middle of the Book. PW 7/30/18, BL 9/1/18

Alexander, Jed. Red. PW 2/12/18

Almond, David. The Dam. PW 7/9/18, K 7/1/18

Andros, Camille.  The Dress and the Girl  SLJ 8/18

Angleberger, Tom.  The Princess and the Pit Stop.  BL 4/15/18

Antony, Steve.  Unplugged  K 11/15/17

Aronson, Billy  Melia and Jo  K 5/15/18

Atkinson, Cale  Sir Simon Super Scarer  K 8/1/18

Averbeck, Jim  Two Problems for Sophia  K 5/1/15, BCCB 5/18, K 6/1/18

Averbeck, Jim.  Trevor  SLJ 7/18

Baldwin, James. Litlle Man, Little Man: A Story of Childhood. PW 6/18/18

Barnett, Mac. Square. PW 3/5/18, SLJ 4/18

Bat Zvi, Pnina & Wolfe, Margie  The Promise  K 3/1/18

Bauer, Marion Dane. The Stuff of Stars. PW 7/16/18, BL 8/18, K 8/1/18, SLJ 9/18

Beard, Alex  The Lying King  K 8/1/18

Becker, Aaron.  A Stone for Sascha. PW 3/12/18, SLJ 4/18, K 3/15/18

Bee, William.  Stanley's Numbers  K 1/1/18

Berger, Samantha  Snail Mail  K 3/15/18

Bernstein, Galia  I Am a Cat  SLJ 12/17, PW 12/4/17

Blackall, Sophie. Hello Lighthouse. PW 1/22/18, SLJ 1/18, BL 2/1/18, BCCB 4/18

Blexbolex. Vacation. PW 1/8/18

Bliss, Harry. Grace for Gus. PW 11/20/17

Bloom, Suzanne I Just Like You  K 8/1/18

Booth, Tom  This is Christmas  K 9/1/18

Bozzi, Riccardo. The Forest. PW 5/7/18

Briere-Haquet, Alice.  NINA Jazz Legend and Civil-Rights Activist  K 11/1/17

Brill, Calista. Cat Wishes. PW 5/21/18

Bronner, Nele  The Tiger's Egg  K 8/1/18

Bruchac, Joseph Chester Nez and the Unbreakable Code: A Navajo Code Talker's Story  K 3/1/18

Buitrago, Jairo. On the Other Side of the Garden. PW 12/18/17, K 1/15/18, SLJ 2/18

Burach, Ross  Pine & Boof Blast Off  K 9/1/18

Calabrese, Keith.  Lena's Shoes are Nervous: A First-Day-of-School Dilemma  SLJ 8/18

Cali, Davide  Good Morning, Neighbor  K 7/15/18

Castree, Genevieve.  A Bubble.  BL 9/1/18

Chedru, Delphine  Who's the Biggest? K 5/1/18

Chen, Julie  When I Grow Up  K 7/1/18

Chung, Arree  Mixed: A Colorful Story  K 5/15/18

Clark, M.H. Tiny, Perfect Things  K 5/15/18

Clarke, Maxine Beneba. The Patchwork Bike. PW 8/13/18, SLJ 10/18

Clarke-Robinson, Monica.  Let the Children March  K 11/1/17

Coat, Janik.  Llamaphones.  BL 4/15/18

Collier, Brian. It's Shoe Time! HB 1-2 /18

Collingridge, Richard. Tiny Little Rocket. PW 5/14/18

Colon, Raul. Imagine! PW 6/25/18, BL 6/1-15/18, SLJ 7/18, K 7/15/18, HB 9-10/18

Compestine, Ying Change. The Chinese Emperor's New Clothes. PW 10/23/17

Cooper, Kelly. If a Horse Had Words. PW 4/16/18

Coppo, Marianna. Petra. PW 11/20/17, K 12/15/17

Cordell, Matthew.  King Alice.  BL 8/18

Corderoy, Tracey  The Christmas Extravaganza Hotel  K 9/1/18

Courtney-Tickle, Jessica. Little Christmas Tree. PW 9/24/18

Cronin, B. B. The Lost Christmas. PW 9/24/18

Crowe, Carmen. Four Little Pigs. PW 1/1/18

Crowther, Kitty  Stories of the Night  K 7/1/18, PW 8/6/18

Cuevas, Michelle. The Town of Turtle. PW 2/19/18

Cummins, Lucy Ruth. Stumpkin. PW 7/2/18

Curato, Mike  Merry Chistmas, Little Elliot  K 9/1/18

Daciute, Evelina  The Fox on the Swing  K 4/1/18

Damm, Antje.  The Visitor  SLJ 8/18

Danowski, Sonja.  Smon Smon  K 1/1/18

Davies, Nicola  The Day War Came  K 6/15/18

Daywalt, Drew. Sleepy, the Goodnight Buddy. PW 6/18/18, SLJ 9/18

Daywalt, Drew.  The Epic Adventures of Huggie & Stick.  BL 10/1/18

de Arias, Patricia  Marwan's Journey.  K 3/15/18, PW 3/26/18

Delacroix, Sibylle.  Grains of Sand.  BL 3/1/18

de la Pena, Matt. Carmela Full of Wishes. PW 7/30/18, SLJ 9/18, K 9/1/18

de la Pena, Matt. Love. PW 10/9/17, K 12/15/17, SLJ 1/18, HB 3-4/18

dePaola, Tomie. In a Small Kingdom. PW 1/22/18, K 7/15/18

de Seve, Randall.  Zola's Elephant.  BL 6/1-15/18, K 7/15/18, SLJ 10/18

Desmond, Jenni  Albert's Tree  K 3/1/18

Diaz, Junot. Islandborn. PW 12/18/17, SLJ 2/18

Diggs, Taye.  I Love You More Than SLJ 11/18

DiCamillo, Kate. Good Rosie! PW 6/25/18, SLJ 7/18, K 7/1/18

Dillon, Diane.  I Can Be Anything!  Don't Tell Me I Can't!  K 12/15/17

Dionne, Erin  Captain's Log  K 9/1/18

DiPucchio, Kelly.  Poe Won't Go.  BL 10/1/18

Doerrfeld, Cori  Good Dog  K 5/15/18

Doerrfeld, Cori.  The Rabbit Listened  K 11/15/17, PW 11/27/17

Druvert, Helene  New York Melody  K 8/15/18

Dubuc, Marianne. Up the Mountain Path.  PW 8/27/18, SLJ 10/18

Dunbar, Polly  A Lion Is A Lion  K 3/1/18

​Eliot, Hannah. Lunar New Year. PW 11/5/18

Elliott, David.  In The Past K 12/15/17

Elya, Susan Middleton  Our Celebracion!  K 8/15/18

Engle, Margarita.  The Flying Girl K 12/15/17

Everson, Caroline  Song On The Wind  K 3/1/18

Falatko, Julie  No Boring Stories! K 10/1/18

Fan, Terry.  Ocean Meets Sky.  PW 2/26/18, BL  3/1/18, K 4/1/18

Feder, Sandra V.  Bitter and Sweet.  BL 9/15/18

Fleming, Denise. This is the Nest That Robin Built. HB 3-4/18

Fleming, Meg  Sometimes Rain  K 8/15/18

Florian, Douglas. Play! Play! Play! PW 1/1/18

Fogliano, Julie.  A House That Once Was.  BL 4/15/18, K 3/15/18

Fox, Mem. Ducks Away! HB 01-2/18

Franceschelli, Christopher.  K 1/1/18

Frazee, Marla.  Little Brown  ​SLJ 11/18

Garza, Cynthia Leonor  Lucia the Luchadora and the Million Masks  K 8/15/18, SLJ 12/18

Gay, Marie-Louise  Mustafa  K 5/15/18, SLJ 7/18

Gee, Kimberly  Mad, Mad Bear!  K 8/1/18

Gehl, Laura.  I Got a Chicken for My Birthday K 1/15/18

George, Kallie  Goodnight, Anne: Inspired by Anne of Green Gables  K 7/15/18

Gianferrari, Maria. Hawk Rising. PW 3/26/18

Gigot, Jami. Seb and the Sun. BL 1/1/18

Goldstyn, Jacques  The Eleventh Hour  K 9/1/18, SLJ 12/18

Gomi, Taro. The Crocodile and the Dentist. PW 5/28/18

Grant, Shauntay.  Africville  SLJ 9/18

Greig, Louise The Night Box  K 7/15/18

Guidroz, Rukhsanna  Mina Vs. the Monsoon  K 10/1/18, SLJ 12/18

Haack, Daniel  Prince & Knight  K 4/1/18

Hadilaksono, Caroline. Surprise! PW 7/23/18

Hale, Ohara  Be Still, Life  K 5/15/18

Hall, Kristen. The Honeybee. BL 2/15/18

Hall, Michael. Little i. HB 01-2/18

Hawthorne, Lara  Silent Night  K 9/1/18, PW 9/24/18

Helfand, Harriet Cohen  And There Was Evening, And There Was Morning K 7/15/18

Helmore, Jim  The Snow Lion  K 8/1/18

Henkes, Kevin. Night Job. BCCB 9/18

Henkes, Kevin  A Parade of Elephants  K 6/15/18, SLJ 8/18, BCCB 9/18, HB 9-10/18

Henkes, Kevin  Winter is Here  K 8/15/18, ​SLJ 11/18, BL 11/1/18

Herrera, Juan Felipe. Imagine. PW 8/6/18

Hesse, Karen  Night Job  K 7/15/18, SLJ 8/18, BL 9/1/18

Hesterman, Katie. A Round of Robins. HB 5-6/18

Higgins, Ryan T. We Don't Eat Our Classmates. PW 4/16/18, K 6/1/18, HB 9-10/18

Himmelman, John  Floaty  SLJ 1/18

Hirst, Daisy. I Do Not Like Books Anymore! PW 10/1/18

Hobbie, Holly. Elmore. PW 10/30/17

Hoffman, Mark. Fruit Bowl. PW 4/16/18

Holmer, Anders  Rain  K 9/1/18

Hosseini, Khaled. Sea Prayer. PW 7/30/18

Howell, Troy.  Whale in a Fishbowl.  BL 3/15/18, K 3/1/18, PW 4/2/18, BCCB 5/18

Hurst, Elise.  Adelaide's Secret World  K 11/15/17

Hutchins, Hazel & Herbert, Gail  Anna At the Museum  K 6/15/18

Idle, Molly.  Flora and the Ostrich An Opposites Book K 1/1/18

Idle, Molly  Pearl  K 7/15/18

Isadora, Rachel.  My Dog Laughs  SLJ 8/18

Isern, Susanna  Queen Panda Can't Sleep  8/1/18

Jackson, Richard  A Kiss for Akaraka  K 7/15/18

James, Matt  The Funeral  SLJ 2/18, BL 2/1/18, PW 2/12/18

Jenkins, Emily.  All-of-a-Kind Family Hanukkah.  BL 9/15/18, K 9/1/18, PW 9/24/18

Jocelyn, Marthe.  One Red Button  K 1/1/18

Johanson, Carl.  All Kinds of Planes. BL 8/18

John, Jory.  Giraffe Problems.  BL 6/1-15/18, PW 6/18/18, SLJ 10/18

Johnson, Mariana Ruiz. While You Are Sleeping. PW 10/30/17

Jonker, Travis  The Very Last Castle  K 8/15/18

Jules, Jacqueline. Light the Menorah! A Hunukkah Handbook. PW 9/24/18

Jullien, Jane. Why the Face? PW 11/5/18

Kalan, Elliott. Horse Meets Dog. PW 8/6/18

Kaplan, Bruce Eric. Someone Farted. PW 2/5/18

Kastelic, Maja  A Boy And A House  K 6/15/18

Keller, Laurie.  Potato Pants!  BL 8/18

Kerascoet  I Walk With Vanessa: A Story About a Simple Act of Kindness  SLJ 12/17, PW 12/11/17, K 12/15/17

Kerley, Barbara.  Tigers and Tea with Toppy  SLJ 8/18

Khan, Hena.  Crescent Moon sand Pointed Minarets: A Muslim Book of Shapes  SLJ 7/18

Kheiriyeh, Rashin.  Saffron Ice Cream  SLJ 4/18

Klocek, Noah.  Dreamland  ​SLJ 11/18

Kousky, Vern.  Harold Loves His Wooly Hat  ​SLJ 11/18

Kriek, Erik  Mika: The Bear Who Didn't Want to Sleep  K 9/15/18

Kuefler, Joseph.  The Digger and the Flower   K 10/15/2017, SLJ 12/17

Laden, Nina.  Peek-A-Moo  K 1/1/18

Lam, Thao. Wallpaper. PW 2/19/18

Lanagan, Margo  Tintinnabula  K 9/1/18

Latham, Irene.  Can I Touch Your Hair?  Poems of Race, Mistakes, and Friendship   K 10/15/2017

Latour, Francie  Auntie Luce's Talking Paintings  K 7/15/18, SLJ 9/18

Ledyard, Stephanie Parsley.  Pie is for Sharing.  BL 4/15/18, K 3/15/18, HB 5-6/18

Le, Minh  Drawn Together. PW 3/26/18, K 5/1/18, SLJ 6/18, BL 6/1-15/18

Lee, JiHyeon.  Door  SLJ 9/18

Leet, Rhonda  Franny's Father is a Feminist  K 4/1/18

Lendroth. Susan. Natsumi! BL 2/1/18

Leng, Qin.  I Am Small  SLJ 10/18

Lies, Brian.  The Rough Patch.  BL 5/1/18, PW 5/28/18

Lies, Brian.  Got to Get Back to Bear's!  BL 6/1-15/18

Light, Steve.  Builders and Breakers  SLJ 10/18

Light, Steve  Black Bird Yellow Sun SLJ 2/18

Lilly, Elizabeth.  Geraldine  SLJ 4/18, K 4/1/18, PW 4/16/18

Lin, Grace  A Big Mooncake for Little Star  K 5/15/18, PW 6/11/18, HB 7-8/18, BCCB 7-8/18

Love, Jessica. Julian is a Mermaid. PW 3/5/18, K 3/15/18, BCCB 5/18, HB 5-6/18

Lucan, Lisa  Spectacularly Beautiful: A Refugee's Story  K 9/1/18

Lukoff, Kyle  A Storytelling of Ravens  K 3/15/18

Luxbacher, Irene  Deep Underwater  K 6/1/18

MacLachlan, Patricia and Emily MacLachlan Charest. Little Robot Alone. PW 3/26/18

Maclear, Kyo.  Bloom K 12/15/17

Maier, Brenda. The Little Red Fort. BCCB 4/18

Mantchev, Lisa.  Jinx and the Doom Fight Crime  K 11/15/17

Mara, Nichole.  All Aboard!  Let's Ride a Train  K 1/1/18

Marcero, Deborah  My Heart is a Compass  K 9/15/18

Marino, Gianna.  If I Had a Horse  K 11/1/17

Martinez-Neal, Juana. Alma and How She Got Her Name. PW 1/29/18 BL 2/1/18

McAnulty, Stacy  Love  K 10/1/18

McAnulty, Stacy  Max Explains Everything  K 3/1/18

McClure, Nikki  The Great Chicken Escape  K 3/1/18

McKinnon, Natalie  Seed Magic  K 3/1/18

McLellan, Stephanie Simpson  The Christmas Wind  K 9/1/18

McNamara, Margaret.  The Dinosaur Expert.  BL 5/1/18, SLJ 7/18

Melmed, Laura Krauss  Daddy, Me and the Magic Hour  K 4/1/18

Meloy, Colin. The Golden Thread: A Song for Pete Seeger. PW 3/5/18

Meshon, Aaron. Now That I'm Here. PW 4/2/18

Miller, Pat Zietlow. Be Kind. PW 12/4/17

Miller, Sharee  Don't Touch My Hair!  K 9/15/18, PW 10/1/18

Miyanishi, Tatsuya  I am a Tryannosaurus  K 8/15/18

Miyares, Daniel. Night Out. PW 3/12/18

Montanari, Susan.  Hip-Hop Lollipop  ​SLJ 11/18

Mora, Oge.  Thank You, Omu!  SLJ 7/18, K 8/15/18, PW 8/27/18

Morales, Yuyi. Dreamers. PW 7/16/18, BL 9/1/18, K 8/15/18

Morales, Sonadores.  BL 9/1/18

Moriconi, Renato. The Little Barbarian. PW 6/25/18, K 7/15/18

Morpurgo, Michael  Coming Home  9/1/18

Morris, Jackie. Mrs. Noah's Pockets. PW 1/8/18, K 3/1/18

Morris, Richard T.  Sheep 101  K 1/1/18

Munro, Roxie.  Rodent Rascals K 1/15/18

Murguia, Bethanie  Do You Believe in Unicorns? K 7/15/18, BCCB 9/18

Murphy, Mary.  Mouse is Small  K 1/1/18

Murrow, Vita. Power to the Princess: 15 Favorite Fairytales Retold with Girl Power. PW 10/1/18

Narita, Kate  100 Bugs! A Counting Book  K 5/15/18

Newman, Jeff  Found  K 8/15/18, PW 10/1/18, ​SLJ 11/18

Newman, Leslea.  Gittel's Journey: An Ellis Island Story SLJ 12/18

North, Ryan  How to Be a T. Rex  K 7/15/18

O'Brien, Anne Sibley  Someone New  K 6/1/18

Oguma, Koki & Wolf, Gita  The Barber's Dilemma And Other Stories from Manmaru Street  K 4/15/18

O'Leary, Sara.  The Boy and the Blue Moon  K 12/15/17

Oliveros, Jessie  The Remember Balloons  K 7/1/18

O'Malley, Kevin & O'Brien Patrick  Captain Raptor and The Perilous Planet  K 7/15/18

O'Leary, Sara.  Owls Are Good at Keeping Secrets: An Unusual Alphabet.  12/1/18

Paul, Ann Whitford  If Animals Celebrated Christmas  K 9/1/18

Paul, Baptiste.  The Field  K 12/15/17, BL 2/1/18, HB 5-6/18

Peacock, Louise  Oliver Elephant K 9/1/18

Penfold, Alexandra  All Are Welcome  K 6/1/18

Penfold, Alexandra. The Littlest Viking. PW 11/13/17

Peoples-Riley, Daria  This Is It  SLJ 1/18

Pfeffer, Rubin.  Summer Supper.  BL 3/1/18, K 4/1/18

Phelan, Matt. Pignic. PW 12/11/17

Pignat, Caroline  Poetree  K 7/15/18

Pimentel, Annette Bay.  Girl Running  K 11/15/17

Ponti, Claude  Hiznobyuti  K 4/15/18

Powell-Tuck, Maudie  Last Stop on the Reindeer Express  K 9/1/18

Ramesh, Madhuri & Chandi, Manish  Walking Is A Way of Knowing In a Kadar Forest  K 4/15/18

Raschka, Chris. New Shoes. PW 2/26/18, BCCB 4/18,  SLJ 6/18

Raschka, Chris. Paul Writes (a Letter). PW 7/23/18, BL 11/15/18

Reibstein, Mark.  Yugen.  BL 10/1/18

Reul, Sarah Lynne. The Breaking News. BCCB 4/18

Rex, Adam. Are You Scared, Darth Vader? BCCB 9/18

Reynolds, Aaron.  Dude!  BL  3/15/18

Rhee, Helena Ku.  The Turtle Ship  SLJ 6/18

Rockwell, Anne  Hiking Day  K 7/15/18

Rosenstock, Barb. Otis and Will Discover the Deep: The Record-Setting Dive of the Bathysphere. PW 4/9/18

Rosenthal, Amy Krouse. Don't Blink! BCCB 4/18

Ross, Sonny. Duck Gets a Job. PW 3/26/18

Rubin, Sean. Bolivar. BL 2/1/18

Rueda, Claudia.  Hungry Bunny  SLJ 9/18

Ruiz, Mariana Johnson.  While You Are Sleeping   K 10/15/2017

Ruzzier, Sergio. The Party and Other Stories. HB 7-8/18

Salmieri, Daniel.  Bear and Wolf  SLJ 4/18

Sanabria, Jose  A Page in the Wind  K 8/1/18

Sandall, Ellie.  Everybunny Count!   K 10/15/2017

Sanna, Francesca. Me and My Fear. PW 7/9/18, SLJ 10/18

Scanlon, Liz Garton  Kate, Who Tamed the Wind  SLJ 12/17, K 11/15/17

Scanlon, Liz Garton & Audrey Vernick.  Dear Substitute.  PW 4/16/18, BL 5/1/18, HB 9-10/18

Schami, Rafik  The Storyteller of Damascus  K 9/15/18

Scholastic.  Beep Beep Robot!  A Spinning Gears Book  K 1/1/18

Schwartz, Joanne  Pinny In Fall  K 6/15/18, PW 8/20/18

Scotto, Thomas  Jerome By Heart  K 3/15/18

Secor, Ketch  Lorraine: The Girl Who Sang the Storm Away  K 8/15/18

Seeger, Laura Vaccaro.  Blue  SLJ 7/18, K 7/15/18, HB 9-10/18

Sheneman, Drew. Don't Eat That! PW 4/23/18

Sierra, Judy.  The Great Dictionary Caper. PW 10/23/17,  K 11/1/17

Silverman, Erica.  Jack (Not Jackie).  BL 10/15/18

Sima, Jessie. Harriet Gets Carried Away. PW 1/15/18

Sima, Jessie. Love, Z. PW 11/12/18

Simler, Isabelle.  A Web.  BL 9/1/18

Singh, Rina. Holi Colors. PW 1/1/18

Soosh  Dad By My Side  K 4/1/18

Sorell, Traci  We Are Grateful Otsaliheliga  K 7/15/18

Soundar, Chitra.  You're Safe with Me. BL 5/15/18, K 8/1/18, BL 10/1/18

Spanyol, Jessica.  Clive is a Nurse K 1/1/18

Spurr, Elizabeth.  In the Snow K 1/1/18

Stead, Philip C. All the Animals Where I Live. PW 12/18/17

Stead, Philip C. Vernon is on His Way: Small Stories. PW 4/9/18, BL 5/15/18

Stein, David Ezra  Honey  SLJ 1/18, PW 3/12/18

Stein, David Ezra. Interrupting Chicken and the Elephant of Surprise. PW 7/23/18, SLJ 9/18

Stin, Matt  Little Chef  K 6/15/18

Sullivan, John. Kitten and the Night Watchman. PW 7/16/18, K 7/15/18, BL 9/1/18, BCCB 9/18

Sullivan, Mary. Nobody's Duck. PW 11/20/17

Tamaki, Jillian. They Say Blue. PW 1/1/18, SLJ 2/18, BL 2/15/18, HB 7-8/18

Tetri, Emily  Tiger Vs. Nightmare  K 9/15/18

Tey, Priscilla. In-Between Things. PW 3/19/18

Thompkins-Bigelow, Jamilah. Mommy's Khimar. PW 1/29/18

Thompson, Carol.  Sol  K 1/1/18

Trimmer, Christian. Teddy's Favorite Toy. PW 12/4/17

Trimmer, Christian.  Snow Pony and the Seven Miniature Ponies  SLJ 7/18

Turk, Evan.  Heartbeat. PW 4/9/18,  BL 4/15/18

Tusa, Tricia  Is That You, Eleanor Sue?  K 9/1/18, PW 10/8/18

Twohy, Mike  Stop, Go, Yes, No! A Story of Opposites  K 5/1/15

Urban, Linda.  Mabel and Sam at Home.  BL 5/1/18

Usher, Sam  Sun  K 4/15/18

Valdez, Patricia. Joan Procter, Dragon Doctor: The Woman who Loved Reptiles. PW 2/19/18

Valerio, Geraldo. Blue Rider. PW 1/1/18, K 1/15/18, HB 7-8/18

Verde, Susan.  Hey, Wall: A Story of Art and Community  SLJ 8/18

Yamasaki, Katie  When the Cousins Came  K 5/1/18

VanDerwater, Amy Ludwig.  Dreaming of You K 1/1/18

Van de Vendel, Edward  I'll Root for You  K 8/1/18

Van Fleet, Matthew.  Chomp Goes the Alligator.  BL 9/1/18

Verde, Susan  Rock 'N Roll Soul  K 3/1/18

Verdick, Elizabeth  Small Walt and Mo the Tow  K 7/15/18

Vere, Ed How To Be a Lion  K 4/1/18

Vignocci, Chiara. Shake the Tree! BCCB 1/18

Waboose, Jan Bourdeau.  The Spirit Trackers K 1/15/18

Wallace, Sandra Neil.  Between the Lines K 12/15/17

Walker, Anna.  Florette  K 12/1/17

Walters, Eric.  Bedtime 1 2 3  K 1/1/18

Walters, Eric.  From the Heart of Africa A Book of Wisdom  K 11/1/17

Watkins, Rowboat. Big Bunny. PW 2/26/18

Watson, Stephanie.  Best Friends in the Universe.  BL 10/15/18, SLJ 10/18

Wells, Rosemary.  Fiona's Little Accident  K 11/1/17

Wenzel, Brendan. Hello Hello. PW 1/8/18

Westerlund, Kate  A Whisper in the Snow  K 9/1/18

Westib, Robert Paul. Sakura's Cherry Blossoms. BL 1/1/18

Wheeler, Lisa. People Don't Bite People. BL 1/1/18, PW 2/12/18

Wiesner, David  I Got It!  PW 1/29/18 SLJ 2/18

Wilbur, Helen L.   A Tuba Christmas  K 9/1/18

Willems, Mo. A Busy Creature's Day Eating: An Alphabetical Smorgasbord. PW 1/22/18, BL 2/1/18, SLJ 4/18

Willems, Mo.  I Lost My Tooth!  BL 8/18

Wittenstein, Barry.  The Boo-Boos that Changed the World  K 12/15/17

Woodcock, Fiona  Look  K 5/15/18

Woodson, Jacqueline. The Day You Begin. PW 6/11/18, K 7/1/18, SLJ 8/18

Wright, Richard.  Seeing Into Tomorrow K 12/15/17

Yamasaki, Katie.  When the Cousins Came  SLJ 6/18

Yang, Belle  Angel in Beijing  K 6/15/18

Yang, James. Bus! Stop! PW 12/18/17, HB 5-6/18

Yelchin, Eugene  Pip & Pup  K 3/1/18

Yeomans, Ellen. The Other Ducks. PW 3/19/18, BL 4/1/18, K 3/15/18

Yorinks, Arthur and Maurice Sendak. Presto & Zesto in Limboland. PW 5/28/18, BL 8/18


  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.