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LARC Mocks: 2020 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.

Abe, Jule. Eva Evergreen, Semi-Magical Witch. PW 8/17/2020

​Aerts, Jef. Cherry Blossom and Paper Planes  K 10/1/19

Aerts, Jef.  Bigger than a Dream.  BL 10/15/20

Ahmed, Sufiya.  Under the Great Plum Tree  K 2/1/20

Alemagna, Beatrice. Things That Go Away. PW 12/16/19, SLJ 1/20, SLJ 2/20

Alessandri, Alexandra.  Feliz New Year, Ava Gabriela!  K 9/1/20

Allen, Tessa.  Sometimes People March.  BL 9/1-15/20

Allenby, Victoria.  Shape Up, Construction Trucks!  K 7/15/20

Ali, A.E. Our Favorite Day of the Year. SLJ 5/20, K 6/1/20

Anderson, Beth.  Lizzie Demands a Seat!: Elizabeth Jennings Fights for Streetcar Rights  SLJ 2/20

Anderson, Clayton.  Letters from Space.  SLJ 9/20

Angeli, May.  The Bear and the Duck.  SLJ 10/20

Arbona, Marion.  Window  K 1/15/120

Arnold, Andrew.  What's the Matter, Marlo? K 4/1/20, PW 4/27/20

Arnold, Elana K.  An Ordinary Day.  BL 12/15/19, PW 12/16/19

Atinuke. Catch That Chicken. K 4/15/20

Averbeck, Jim.  Love by Sophia  K 4/1/20

Bandy, Michael S.  Northbound: A Train Ride Out of Segregation.  K 9/1/20

Barnaby, Hannah.  Monster and Boy.  BL 6/1-15/20

Barnes, Derrick.  I Am Every Good Thing.  K 7/15/20, BL 8/1/20, PW 9/7/2020

Barnett, Mac.  A Polar Bear in the Snow.  K 8/1/20, BL 9/1-15/20, PW 9/7/2020, SLJ 9/20

Barnett, Mac. Jack At Bat. BCCB 2/20

Barnett, Mac. Paolo, Emperor of Rome. PW 1/6/20

Barrett, Hayley.  The Tiny Baker.  BL 8/1/20

Barrett, Hayley.  Girl Versus Squirrel.  SLJ 6/20

Barrington, Gregory.  Cow Boy is NOT a Cowboy.  SLJ 10/20

Barron, Rena. Maya and the Rising Dark.  K 3/15/20

Barroux.  The Run.  K 5/15/20

Barton, Chris. Fire Trucks vs. Dragon. PW 11/18/19

Batori, Susan.  It Is A Tree.  SLJ 4/20

Batsel, Hannah.  A is for Another Rabbit  K 2/1/20

Becker, Aaron.  My Favorite Color.  BL 5/15/20

Benton, Jim.  Comet the Unstoppable Reindeer.  BL 9/1-15/20

Bernasconi, Pablo.  Infinity.  K 8/15/20

Bernstrom, Daniel. Big Papa and the Time Machine. PW 10/28/19, SLJ 1/20

Bissonette, Aimee M. When Winter Comes: Discovering Wildlife in Our Snowy Woods. PW 11/9/2020

Blackall, Sophie. If You Come to Earth. PW 7/13/20

Bogart, Jo Ellen.  Little Blue House Beside the Sea.  SLJ 6/20

Boldt, Mike.  Bad Dog.  BL 11/15/19

Bond, Rebecca.  My Bed: Enchanting Ways to Fall Asleep Around the World.  K 8/15/20

Brannen, Sarah.  Uncle Bobby's Wedding  K 3/15/20

Brockenbrough, Martha.  This Old Dog.  BL 8/1/20

Brosnan, Katie. Keith Among Pigeons  K 3/15/20

Brown, Dan.  Wild Symphony.  SLJ 6/20

Brown, Margaret Wise  Two Little Trains  K 11/15/19, PW 12/23/19, SLJ 2/20

Brown, Tameka Fryer  Brown Baby Lullaby  K 11/15/19

Buchet, Nelly  Cat Dog Dog: The Story of a Blended Family  K 2/1/20, BCCB 4/20

Burgess, Matthew. The Bear and the Moon. PW 8/3/20

Bryant, Laura.  The Little Pup  K 2/1/20

Cabrera, Cozbi A.  Me & Mama.  SLJ 7/20, PW 9/7/2020

Camper, Cathy.  Ten Ways to Hear Snow.  BL 10/1/20

Canetti, Yanitzia.  My Big Family  SLJ 8/20

Cao, Wenxuan.  Lemon Butterfly.  K 9/1/20

Carnavas,  Peter.  A Quiet Girl.  SLJ  8/20

Cassie, Aidan.  The Word for Friend.  K 6/1/20

Charles, Tami. All Because You Matter. PW 8/31/2020

Charles, Tami.  Freedom Soup  K 12/1/19

Charles, Tami.  All Because You Matter  K 9/15/20

Chen, Vincent.  Hot Pot Night.  SLJ 8/20

Cho, Tina.  The Ocean Calls: A Haenyeo Mermaid Story.  BL 5/15/20, K 5/15/20, PW 6/22/20

Churchman, John. The Christmas Barn. PW 9/21/2020

Clanton, Ben.  Rot, The Bravest in the World!  K 3/1/20

Cline-Ransome, Lesa. Overground Railroad. PW 10/14/19, K 12/1/19, BL 2/1/20

Cole, Henry.  Nesting.  BL 12/1/19, SLJ 1/20

Cole, Henry.  One Little Bag: An Amazing Journey  K 1/15/20, SLJ 2/20, PW 3/9/20

Colleen, Marcie.  The Bear's Garden  K 1/1/20

Colombet, Julie.  The Society of Distinguished Lemmings  K 12/15/19

Copeland, Misty.  Bunheads.  BL 8/1/20, SLJ 9/20

Coppo, Marianna.  Such a Good Boy.  BL 12/1/19

Coppo, Marianna. Ray. K  3/15/20, SLJ 5/20

Cordova, Zoraida. Vampire Never Get Old: Tales with Fresh Bite. PW 8/17/2020

Cornwall, Gaia.  Jabari Tries.  K 7/15/20

Cotler, Joanna. Sorry (Really Sorry). PW 1/31/20, K 2/1/20

Cotter, Sacha.  Cannonball.  SLJ 6/20

DaCosta, Barbara.  Night Shadows.  K 10/1/20

Dahl, Sophie.  Madame Badobedah  K 1/15/20, BL 2/15/20, PW 3/9/20

Dairman, Tara.  Desert Girl, Monsoon Boy.  K 3/15/20, PW 4/20/20

Danis, Naomi. My Best Friend, Sometimes. K 4/1/20

Dargent, Nathalie.  The Christmas Feast.  BL 8/1/20, K 9/1/20

David, Gauthier.  Letters from Bear  K 2/1/20, BL 3/1/20

Davies, Benji.  Tad. K 3/1/20, SLJ 6/20

de Dios, Olga.  The Hips on the Drag Queen Go Swish, Swish, Swish  K 2/1/20

De Haes, Superluminous.  K 2/15/20

Deedy, Carmen Agra.  Rita & Ralph's Rotten Day.  BL 2/15/20

Del Rizzo, Suzanne.  Golden Threads.  BL 3/1/20

Denos,  Julia.  Starcrossed.  K 8/1/20, BL 10/1/20

Derby, Cindy. Two Many Birds. PW 9/28/20, K 10/15/20

DeSelm, Lisa. The Puppetmaster's Apprentice. PW 8/31/2020

Dopirak, Kate.  Hurry Up! A Book About Slowing Down.  K 4/15/20

Doyon, Samara Cole  Magnificent Homespun Brown: A Celebration  K 11/15/19, SLJ 1/20

Drago, Flavia Z.  Gustavo, the Shy Ghost.  SLJ 6/20

Dries, Stella.  Little Bear's Treasures.  K 4/1/20

Dubuc, Marianne. Your House, My House. PW 9/14/20, SLJ 10/20

Eaddy, Susan.  Eenie Meenie Haloweenie.  K 8/1/20

Easton, Grace.  Cannonball Coralie and the Lion.  K 3/1/20

Eland, Eva.  Where Happiness Begins.  K 5/15/20

Ellinas, Georgia.  William Shakespeare's The Tempest SLJ 3/20

Ellis, Carson. In the Half Room. PW 8/31/2020

Elya, Susan Middleton.  The Three Billy Goats Buenos  SLJ 1/20, PW 1/31/20

Evans, Christopher.  ABC Animals.  K 9/1/20

Fan, Terry. and others  The Barnabus Project.  K 5/15/20, BL 8/1/20

Feiffer, Jules.  Smart George.  K 6/15/20

Ferrada, Maria Jose.  Mexique: A Refugee Story from The Spanish Civil War.  K 9/1/20

Ferry, Beth.  Swashby by the Sea.  BL 3/1/20, BCCB 5/20

Fleming, Meg.  Here Comes the Ocean.  SLJ 4/20

Flood, Nancy Bo. I Will Dance. K 4/1/20

Fogliano, Julie.  My Best Friend SLJ 1/20, BL 1/1-15/20, BCCB 2/20

Gaiman, Neil.  Pirate Stew.  K 10/15/20

Gall, Chris.  Jumbo. K 6/15/20

Galliez, Roxane Mari.  Thank you, Miyuki.  K 7/1/20

Garbutt, Loretta.  A stopwatch From Grampa  K 1/15/20, ​SLJ 3/20

Gauthier, David.  Letters from Bear.  SLJ 4/20

Gee, Kimberly  Glad, Glad Bear!  K 11/1/19

Glynn, Dylan.  Rain Boy.  SLJ 4/20

Gomez, Rebecca J.  Federico and the Wolf.  SLJ  4/20

Gordon, Gus. Finding Francois. A Story About the Healing Power of Friendship.  K 4/15/20, BL 5/15/20

Grimes, Nikki.  Bedtime for Sweet Creatures. PW 9/23/19, K 10/1/19, BL 11/15/19

Grimes, Nikki. Southwest Sunrise.  K 3/1/20, SLJ 4/20

Guthrie, Donna.  Flibbertigibbety Words: Young Shakespear Chases Inspiration.  K 6/1/20

Hale, Christy. Out the Door. PW 9/14/20, SLJ 10/20

Halliday, Fiona.  Numenia and the Hurricane  SLJ 12/19, SLJ 1/20

Harris, Chris.  The Alphabet's Alphabet.  K 6/15/20

Hatke, Ben. Julia's House Moves On. PW 8/31/2020

Haughton, Chris.  Don't Worry, Little Crab  K 1/1/20, PW 2/10/20, 3/15/20, SLJ 4/20

Hawthorne, Lara.  12 Days of Christmas.  K 9/1/20

Henkes, Kevin.  Summer Song  K 1/15/20, BL 2/15/20, BCCB 4/20, SL 5/20

Henkes, Kevin.  Sun Flower Lion. K 6/15/20, BL 8/1/20

Heras, Chema.  Grandparents. K 3/15/20, PW 4/6/20

Higgins, Ryan T.  We Will Rock Our Classmates. SLJ 5/20, K 6/1/20

Hill, Amanda.  You'll Find Me.  K 8/1/20

Hill, Skip.  How to Tie a Shoe & Other Big Adventures  K 2/1/20

Hirst, Daisy. Hamish Takes the Train. PW 7/27/20

Holler, Sue Farrell. Raven, Rabbit, Deer. PW 10/12/20

Howard, Abby. The Crossroads at Midnight. PW 8/17/2020

Howard, Abby. The Last Halloween: Children. PW 8/17/2020

Hrab, Naseem. Weekend Dad. K 4/1/20, PW 5/25/20

Hughes, Derek  Humpty Dumpty Lived Near a Wall  K 11/1/19

Hunter, Anne. Where's Baby? PW 11/4/19

Hurley, Jorey.  Beehive  SLJ 1/20

Isern, Susanna.  A Mystery in the Forest.  K 7/1/20

Ismail, Yasmeen.  Joy.  K 3/15/20

Jacobs, Jonathan E.  The Secret Rhino Society.  3/15/20

James, Nancy.  Brown.  K 7/15/20

Jameson,  Karen.  Woodland Dreams.  K 9/15/20

Jarvis.  Follow Me, Flo!  SLJ 2/20

Jayawardhana, Ray. Child of the Universe. PW 12/23/19, K 1/15/20, SLJ 2/20

John, Jory.  The Cool Bean  SLJ 1/20

Johnson, Angela. A Girl Like Me. HB 3-4/20

Jordan, Kelly. The Little Blue Cottage. K 4/1/20

Joy, Angela. Black is a Rainbow Color  K 12/1/19, 3/15/20, HB 01-02/20

Joyner, Andrew.  Stand Up! Speak Up!: A Story Inspired by the Climate Change Revolution.  SLJ 10/20

Kahn, Hena. Like the Moon Loves the Sky. PW 1/20/20

Karg, Michael.  I Am the Wind.  K 10/1/20

Katz, Karen.  My America. SLJ 5/20

Khalil, Aya.  The Arabic Quilt: An Immigrant Story SLJ 3/20

Kheiriyeh, Rashin.  Bahar, the Lucky.  SLJ 4/20

Killen, Nicola.  The Little Kitten.  K 8/1/20

Kim, Anna.  Danbi Leads the School Parade.  K 6/1/20

Kirst, Seamus.  Papa, Daddy, and Riley.  3/15/20

Kitamura, Satoshi.  Hat Tricks  K 12/15/19

Klein, Cheryl B. A Year of Everyday Wonders. PW 10/26/20

Kostecki-Shaw, Jenny Sue.  Papa Brings Me the World.  4/15/20

Kramer, Jackie.  The Boy and the Gorilla. K 9/1/20, PW 9/14/20

Kristjansdottir, Maria.  A Stranger Comes to Town.  K 10/15/20

Kurpiel, Sarah.  Lone Wolf.  SLJ 5/20

Kusugak, Michael Arvaarluk.   The Most Amazing Bird.  K 10/1/20

Lam, Thao.  The Paper Boat: A Refugee Story.  K 7/1/20, SLJ 9/20

Lambert, Jonny.  Jonny Lambert's Construction Site.  BL 5/15/20

Lambert, Megan Dowd  A Kid of Their Own  K 12/15/19

Larios, Julie.  Eek! A Noisy Journey From A to Z.  K 5/15/20

LaRocca, Rajani.  Seven Golden Rings: A Tale of Music and Math.  BL 10/15/20, PW 10/19/20

LaRochelle, David.  See the Cat: Three Stories about a Dog.  BL 9/1-15/20

Larson, Andrew.  I Do Not Like Stones.  SLJ 9/20

Latham, Irene.  The Cat Man of Aleppo  K 2/1/20, BCCB 4/20

Lawler, Janet.  Kindergarten Hat.  K 6/1/20

Le, Minh.  Lift.  K 3/1/20, PW 3/3/0/20, 4/15/20, SLJ 4/20

Lebeuf, Darren.  My Ocean is Blue  SLJ 2/20

Lehrhaupt, Adam.  Sloth Went.  4/15/20

Leshem-Pelly, Miri. Penny and the Plain Piece of Paper. K 5/15/20

Leslie, Lindsay. Dusk Explorers.  K 3/15/20

Levis, Caron.  This Way, Charlie  SLJ 2/20

Liao, Shu-Ti.  Let's Swap for a Day.  K 4/15/20

Lichtenheld, Tom.  When My Brother Gets Home  K 1/15/20

Lin, Grace.  What Will Fit?  SLJ 10/20, PW 10/19/20

Lindstrom, Carole. We Are Water Protectors  K 1/1/20, PW 1/13/20, BL 2/1/20, SLJ 4/20

Litchfield, David.  Light on Wonder Rock.  SLJ 8/20

Liu, Chingyen & I-Tsun Chiang. Woodpecker Girl.  SLJ 4/20

Lo, Rich. After the Snowfall. PW 11/9/2020

Long, Ethan. Hello, World! K 1/1/20

Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth. The Village Blacksmith.  SLJ 5/20

Loomis, Ilima.  'Ohana Means Family  K 1/1/20, BL 2/1/20

Loring-Fisher, Jo.  Taking Time.  K 2/15/20

Love, Jessica. Julian at the Wedding. PW 9/14/20

Lowell, Barbara.  My Mastodon  K 2/1/20

Lukoff, Kyle.  Max on the Farm.  K 4/15/20

Lyons, Maddox & Jessica Verdi.  I'm Not a Girl: A Transgender Story.  4/15/20

Mabry, Sheri.  My Mindful Walk With Grandma  K 2/1/20

MacLachlan, Patricia. My Friend Earth. PW 3/9/20, SLJ 4/20

MacLachlan, Patricia. Prairie Days. PW 3/23/20, BCCB 5/20

Maclear, Kyo  Story Boat  K 11/15/19

Mann, Jennifer. The  Camping Trip.  K 3/15/20, PW 4/13/20, HB 5-6/20

Mann, Jennifer K.  The Camping Trip. K 4/1/20,

Manushkin, Fran. Plenty of Hugs. K 4/1/20

Marcero, Deborah.  In A Jar  K 10/15/19, BL 11/1/19

Marino, Gianna.  We Will Live in This Forest Again.  K 8/15/20, BL 10/1/20, SLJ 10/20, PW 10/26/20

Marroquin, M.L.  My Hair is Magic!  K 8/1/20, PW 9/7/2020

Martin, Emily Winfield.  The Imaginaries: Little Scraps of Larger Stories  SLJ 1/20

Matheson, Christie. The Hidden Rainbow.  K 4/1/20

Mawhinney, Lynette.  Lulu The One and Only.  K 415/20

McBratney, Sam.  Will You Be My Friend? K 7/15/20, PW 8/31/2020

McClure, Nikki.  What Will These Hands Make?  K 12/1/19, PW 12/2/19

McGhee, Alison.  World So Wide.  BL 11/1/19

McGinty, Alice B.  A Story for Small Bear.  K 9/15/20. PW 11/9/2020

McLaughin, Eoin.  The Case of the Missing Cake.  K 5/15/20

McNamara, Margaret  Vote For Our Future!  K 11/15/19

McNiff, Dawn.  Love From Alfie McPoonst, The Best Dog Ever  K 1/1/20

McWatt, Tessa.  Where Are You, Agnes?  K 4/15/20

Medina, Meg.  Evelyn De Rey is Moving Away.  K 7/1/20, PW 7/13/20

Metzger, Cecile.  The Invisible Bear.  SLJ 6/20

Millward, Gwen.  Tiger Wild. K 4/15/20

Moore, Clement C. The Night Before Christmas.  K 9/1/20, PW 9/21/2020

Morelli, Licia.  I Am Darn Tough. SLJ 9/20

Moreau, Laurent.  Play Outside!  SLJ 6/20

Murguia, Bethanie Deeney.  We Disagree.  K 7/1/20

Murphy, Aunty Joy & Kelly, Andrew.  Birrarung Wilam: A Story From Aboriginal Australia.  K 6/1/20

Murphy, Mary. Only a Tree Knows How to Be a Tree. PW 2/17/20

Murray, Diana. Goodnight, Veggies. HB 3-4/20

Muth, Jon J.  Addy's Cup of Sugar: Based on the Buddhist Story of "The Mustard Seed".  K 9/15/20

Na, Il Sung.  That's My Carrot.  SLJ 4/20

Najjar, Taghreed.  The Ghoul  K 1/15/20

Narvankar, Ameya.  Ritu Weds Chandni.  K 10/1/20

Naylor-Ballesteros, Chris.  The Suitcase.  K 7/15/20

Neal, Trinity.  My Rainbow.  K 7/15/20, PW 9/7/2020

Neilson, Emily. Can I Give You a Squish? PW 6/22/20

Nelson,  Marilyn.  Lubaya's Quiet Roar.  K 8/1/20

Nelson, Natalie. Holiday!  SLJ 5/20

Newman, Leslea.  Welcoming Elijah: A Passover Tale with a Tail  SLJ 1/20

Nielander, Amy.  Grama's Hug.  BL 11/1/19

Nilsson, Ulf. All the Dear Little Animals. PW 1/20/20

Nolan, Jerdine. Freedom Bird: A Tale of Hope and Courage  K 12/1/19

Norman, Kim.  The Ghosts Went Floating.  K 8/1/20

O'Leary, Sara.  Maud and Grand-Maud.  BL 8/1/20

Osada, Hiroshi. Every Color of Light. PW 5/4/20, K 9/15/20

Oswald, Pete. Hike. PW 1/6/20, BL 2/1/20, K 1/15/20, SLJ 2/20, HB 3-4/20

Owens, John. One Summer Up North. PW 7/27/20

Papp, Lisa.  Madeline Finn and the Therapy Dog. SLJ 9/20

Paul, Ruth.  Cookie Boo.  K 8/1/20

Pippins, Andrea.  Who Will You Be? 3/15/20

O'Leary, Sara. Maud and Grand-Maud. PW 8/24/2020

Ouimet, David.  I Go Quiet  SLJ 1/20

Papaioannou, Thodoris.  While You're Away.  SLJ 8/20

Paschkis, Julie.  Where LIly Isn't  K 12/1/19, BCCB 4/20

Peacock, Lou.  Mr. Brown's Bad Day.  K 10/1/20

Peralta, Ramiro Jose.  Child's Play.  K 3/1/20

Phelan, Matt. Turtle Walk. PW 8/10/20

Pignataro, Anna.  The Heart of a Whale  K 10/15/19, SLJ 12/19

Pilutti, Deb  Old Rock (Is Not Boring)  K 11/1/19, SLJ 1/20

Pinkney, Jerry. The Little Mermaid. PW 9/7/2020, SLJ 10/20, BL 10/15/20

Pintadera, Fran.  Why Do We Cry?  BL 2/15/20, SLJ 2/20

Pliska, Zeena.  Hello, Little One: A Monarch Butterfly Story.  SLJ 5/20

Portis, Antoinette. A New Green Day. PW 2/17/20, HB 5-6/20

Pratt, Jason. Three Squeezes.  K 4/1/20

Pumphrey, Jerome.  The Old Truck  K 10/1/19, BL 11/1/19, PW 11/25/19, SLJ 12/19, 3-4/20

Pyke, Josh.  Lights Out, Leonard!  SLJ 9/20

Ramadan, Danny.  Salma the Syrian Chef. K 2/15/20, 3/15/20, SLJ 4/20

Raschka, Chris.  In the City.  K 7/1/20

Raschka, Chris.  The Blue Table.  K 7/15/20, PW 9/21/2020

Raschka, Chris. Mama Baby. PW 11/18/19, HB 3-4/20

Raul the Third.  Vamos! Let's Go Eat.  PW 1/13/20, K 1/15/20, SLJ 2/20, HB 3-4/20

Rayner, Catherine.  Arlo The Lion Who Couldn't Sleep.  K 8/1/20

Relth, Michael.  Picture Book by Dog.  SLJ 6/20

Reul, Sarah Lynne.  Nerp!  K 2/1/20

Rex, Adam.  On Account of the Gum.  K 7/15/20, BL 9/1-15/20

Rex, Adam. Unstoppable. PW 3/23/20, 3/15/20

Rex, Michael  Facts Vs. Opinions Vs. Robots  K 11/15/19

Reynolds, Aaron. Rescuing Mrs. Birdley.  SLJ 5/20

Rhee, Helena Ku.  The Paper Kingdom.  BL 12/1/19, K 12/1/19

Ribeyron, Samuel.  It's Not Very Complicated.  K 10/1/20

Rizzo, Suzanne Del.  Golden Threads.  SLJ 4/20

Robinson, Christian. You Matter. K 4/1/20, PW 4/6/20

Rodrigues, Andre.  The President of the Jungle  10/1/19

Rooney, Rachel. The Problem with Problems.  SLJ 6/20

Roskifte, Kristin.  Everybody Counts: A Counting Story From 0 to 7.5 Billion  K 1/1/20

Sacido, Celia.  The Walk.  K 7/15/20

Sammurtok, Nadia.  In My Anaana's Amautik  K 1/1/20, SLJ 2/20, HB 5-6/20

Sanders, Ben.  My Book (Not Yours).  K 7/15/20

Sanna, Alessandro.  Castle of Books  K 2/1/20

Sarihi, Sepideh.  My Favorite Memories.  3/15/20

Sayre, April Pulley.  Cityscapes.  3/15/20

Schmidt, Gary D. & Elizabeth Stickney. Almost Time. PW 9/9/19

Schofield-Morrison, Connie.  I Got the School Spirit. K 6/1/20

Schwartz, Amy. 13 Stories About Harris. HB 7-8/20

Scillian, Devin. Memoirs of a Tortoise.  K 4/1/20, SLJ 5/20

Scott, Jordan & Sydney Smith.  I Talk Like a River.  PW 7/13/20, K 7/15/20, BL 9/1-15/20, SLJ 9/20

Shakespeare, William adapted by Ellinas, Georghia  The Tempest  K 12/15/19

Shannon, David.  Mr. Nogginbody and the Childish Child.  K 5/15/20

Shannon, David. Roy Digs Dirt. BCCB 4/20

Sheffield, Heidi Woodward.  Brick by Brick.  3/15/20

Small, David.  Imogene Comes Back!  SLJ 6/20

Smith, Brian "Smitty". Suck Together. PW 8/31/2020

Snider, Grant. What Sound is Morning?  K 4/1/20

Snyder, Gabi. Two Dogs on a Trike.  K 3/15/20

Soloy, Lauren. When Emily Was Small.  K 4/1/20

Song, Mike.  Donut Feed the Squirrels.  7/1/20

Springstubb, Tricia.  Khalil and Mr. Hagerty and the Backyard Treasures.  SLJ 4/20

Stein, Joshua David.  The Invisible Alphabet.  K 8/1/20

Sterer, Gideon. From Ed's to Ned's. PW 5/11/20

Stone, Tiffany. Silli's Sheep.  K 5/15/20

Sullivan, Mary.  Up on Bob.  BL 11/1/19, BCCB 1/20

Tabor, Corey R.  Snail Crossing  SLJ 1/20

Tallandier, Muriel. Under My Tree.  SLJ 5/20

Tamaki, Jillian. Our Little Kitchen. PW 7/20/20

Tan, Shaun.  Eric.  K 9/15/20

Tanaka, Yoko  Dandelion's Dream  K 11/1/19, SLJ 1/20, BCCB 1/20

Tarlow, Ellen.  Looking for Smile.  K 7/1/20

Tate, Nikki.  Home Base: A Mother-Daughter Story  K 4/1/20

Tatsukawa, Maya  The Bear in the Family  K 1/15/20

Terry, Eric and Devin Fan. The Barnabus Project. PW 7/6/20

Theule, Larissa.  A Way With Wild Things  K 12/1/19, PW 12/16/19

Thompkins-Bigelow, Jamilah.  Your Name is a Song.  K 7/1/20

Tllie, Mariahadessa Ekere.  Layla's Happiness SLJ 12/19

Turk, Evan.  A Thousand Glass Flowers: Marietta Barovier and the Invention of the Rosetta Bead.  K 5/1/20

Twohy, Mike.  Spacebot.  3/15/20

Tsarfati, Einat.  Sandcastle.  4/15/20

Umrigar, Thrity.  Sugar in Milk.  K 9/15/20, SLJ 10/20

Underwood, Deborah.  Every Little Letter.  SLJ 7.20

Underwood, Deborah.  Outside In  K 2/1/20, PW 3/2/20, ​SLJ 3/20, BCCB 4/20

Uya, Nivola and Marc Ayats  Bathing in the Forest  SLJ 2/20

Valerio, Geraldo.  At The Pond  K 12/1/19, ​SLJ 3/20

Valerio, Geraldo.  The Egg.  K 6/1/20

Van den Ende, Peter.  The Wanderer.  K 8/1/20

Van der Hammen, Gijs.  Little Wise Wolf.  K 7/1/20, SLJ  8/20

Vaught, Susan. Together We Grow.  K 3/1/20, 3/15/20, PW 4/6/20, SLJ 5/20

Venable, Colleen.  The Oboe Goes Boom Boom Boom.  SLJ 9/20

Verdick, Elizabeth.  Small Walt Spots Dot.  K 7/1/20

Voake, Charlotte.  Some Dinosaurs Are Small.  SLJ 9/20

Wahl, Phoebe.  The Blue House.  K 5/15/20

Van de Vendel, Edward.  Little Fox.  K 7/1/20

Vaoke, Charlotte.  Some Dinosaurs are Small. PW 8/3/20

Waechter, Philip.  Jacob's Fantastic Flight.  K 8/1/20, PW 9/14/20, BL 10/1/20

Wahl, Phoebe.  The Blue House.  PW 6/22/20, SLJ 7/20, HB 7-8/20

Walker, Tricia Elam.  Nana Akua Goes to School.  3/15/20, PW 4/27/20, K 6/1/20, SLJ 6/20

Walsh, Rebecca.  Amadou's Zoo.  K 5/15/20

Ward, Lindsay.  Rosie: Stronger Than Steel  K 1/1/20, BL 2/15/20

Watanabe, Issa.  Migrants.  K 8/1/20

Watkins, Rowboat. Mabel: A Mermaid Fable. PW 12/23/19

Wellins, Candy.  Saturdays Are For Stella.  K 5/1/20

Welsh, Clare Helen.  The Perfect Shelter.  K 8/1/20

Wernicke, Maria.  Some Days.  K 5/15/20

Weston, Robert Paul. Natsumi's Song of Summer.  K 4/1/20

White, Dianne.  Green on Green.  PW 12/23/19, BL 1/1-15/20, HB 5-6/20

Wiesner, David.  Robobaby. K 6/15/20, PW 7/6/20, BL 8/1/20

Wilson, Land.  The Girl Who Spoke to the Moon: A Story about Friendship and Loving Our Earth  SLJ 1/20

Winter, Jonah.  Welcome to Bobville: City of Bobs.  BL 8/1/20

Wisniewski, Gaya.  My Bison  K 1/1/20

Wohlleben, Peter.  Peter and the Tree Children.  SLJ 4/20

Wolff, Ashley. Only the Cat Saw.  K 3/15/20

Woodruff, LIza.  Once Upon A Winter's Day.  K 9/1/20, PW 10/5/20

Woollvi, Bethan.  Bo the Brave.  SLJ 4/20

Yamasaki, Katie. Everything Naomi Loved. PW 9/14/20

Yarlett, Emma.  Beast Feast ​SLJ 3/20

Yee, Sennah. My Day with Gong Gong. PW 8/24/2020

Yolen, Jane. Emily Writes : Emily Dickinson and Her Poetic Beginnings. BCCB 3/20

Yolen, Jane & Stemple, Heidi.  I Am The Storm.  K 8/15/20

Yoshitake, Shinsuke. I Can Be Anything. PW 3/9/20

Yoshitake, Shinsuke.  There Must Be More Than That!  K 9/15/20

Young, Ed.  The Weather's Best.  K 1/15/20

Yum, Hyewon.   Lion Needs a Haircut.  3/15/20

Yee, Sennah.  My Day with Gong Gong.  K 7/15/20

Zhu, Xiaowen.  Dandan's Dream.  K 9/1/20

Zimmerman, Andrea.  Smashy Town.  K 2/15/20

Zollars, Jaime.  The Truth About Dragons.  K 7/1/20

Zolotow, Charlotte  In My Garden  K 11/15/19, 3/15/20



  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.