Sunday, January 29, 2017

Picture Book Oscars of 2017

What an excellent and wonderfully diverse year it's been for picture books! After reading hundreds of picture books from 2016 I am eager to celebrate my favorites and the favorites of my 5 year old son.

First category...

Best Child Appeal (Based off my 5 year old's favorites)

The Not So Quiet Library – Zacharia O'Hora
Dragon Was Terrible – Kelly DiPucchio and Greg Pizzoli
Super Happy Magic Forest – Matty Long
Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea – Ben Clanton
Ninja: Attack of the Clan – Arree Chung

And the winner is....

Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea

Best Illustrators

There is a Tribe of Kids – Lane Smith
The Singing Bones – Shaun Tan
Return – Aaron Becker
When Green Becomes Tomatoes: Poems for All Seasons –  Julie Morstad
The Nutcracker – Niroot Puttapipat

And the Winner is...

When Green Becomes Tomatoes: Poems for All Seasons – Julie Morstad

Best Humor

A Hungry Lion or a Dwindling Assortment of Animals – Lucy Ruth Cummins
Best Frints – Atoinette Portis
My Favorite Pets: by Gus W. for Ms. Smolinksi’s Class – Jeanne Birdsall and Harry Bliss
We Found a Hat – Jon Klassen
The Thank You Book – Mo Willems

And the winner is...

We Found a Hat - Jon Klassen

Best Male Protagonist

Thunder Boy Jr. (Lightning) from "Thunder Boy Jr.
Inspector Flytrap from "Inspetor Flytrap"
Oskar from "The Not So Quiet Library"
Dogman from "Dogman"
Dennis from "Be a Friend"

And the Winner is...

Thunder Boy Jr. also known as Lightning!!!

Best Female Protagonist

Little Red from "Little Red and the Very Hungry Lion"
Flora from "Flora and the Peacocks"
Roz from "The Wild Robot" 
Little Dee from "Little Dee and the Penguin"
Blanche from"Blanche Hates the Night"

And the winner is...

Little Red!!!

Best Nonfiction

The Secret Subway – Shana Corey and Red Nose Studio
Beetle is Shy – Dianna Aston and Sylvia Long
Animals by the Numbers – Steve Jenkins
Are You an Echo? – The Lost Poetry of Misuzu Kaneko
Whoosh! Lonnie Johnson’s Super-soaking Stream of Inventions – Chris Barton and Don Tate

And the winner is...

Animals by the Numbers – Steve Jenkins

Best Fiction

School’s First Day of School – Adam Rex and Christian Robinson
The Not So Quiet Library – Zacharia OHora
They all Saw a Cat - Brendan Wenzel
We Found a Hat – Jon Klassen
Return – Aaron Becker

And the winner is...

The NOT so Quiet Library!!!

And finally here is the list of honorable mentions...

The Hueys: What’s the Opposite – Oliver Jeffers
A Family is a Family is a Family – Sara O’Leary and Qin Leng
The Cookie Fiasco – Dan Santat
The Airport Book – Lisa Brown
Playground – Mies Van Hout
Swap – Steve Light
A Beginner’s Guide to Bear Spotting - Michelle Robinson
Silly Wonderful You – Sherri Duskey Rinker and Patrick McDonnel

Coyote – Maria Gianferrari and Bagram Ibatoulline

So many fantastic books. If you have any other recommendations for me of books I might have missed please let me know! I would love to read them. 

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for all of the great recommendations. I have them on hold at the library and am looking forward to reading them with my children.